Four-star offensive tackle Jean Delance from Mesquite, Texas, has decommitted from Oklahoma, citing personal reasons in a statement on Twitter.
In an interview with Rivals.com, Delance declined to say whether his decision was related to a video that has emerged apparently showing Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members at the Norman campus participating in a racist chant. University president David Boren said all ties between the university and the fraternity have been severed immediately.
Delance, the No. 12 offensive tackle in the Class of 2016 according to the 247 Sports composite rankings, was at Oklahoma’s Junior Day this weekend.
He was one of two verbal commitments for the Sooners among juniors.
Bob Przybylo, publisher of Sooners Illustrated, tweeted that he had been in contact with Delance since the video was posted and that his tone had changed since Sunday morning. He also said he spoke to him after Delance released his statement.
Delance didn’t attend Junior Day at Texas two weeks ago because of weather conditions, but he did receive an offer from the Longhorns. He said at the time that he was still committed to Oklahoma, but conceded that he was “feeling good” about the offer from Texas in an interview with Bleacher Report.
“I can’t lie, I’m feeling good about it,” Delance said. “I made an early decision off an at-the-time moment. Now I’m getting out and seeing other places.
“I try to stay pretty open-minded. I’m still committed [to Oklahoma], but that rivalry is real.”
Delance also has offers from LSU, Ohio State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Auburn among others.