From The Opening: Why commitments in football are different than basketball

From The Opening: Why commitments in football are different than basketball

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From The Opening: Why commitments in football are different than basketball

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Just over a week ago when Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.) wing Jaylen Brown, the No. 4 overall player in the ESPN 100, committed to California the college coaches that missed out knew it was over.

They weren’t putting in calls the day after or texting his family members asking how they could change his mind.

“It’s a little bit different in football,” Dutch Fork (Imo, S.C.) safety Stephen Davis Jr. said at The Opening Charlotte at Mallard Creek High School on Saturday. “Coaches don’t stop coming at you when you commit.”

Davis, a junior, would know. When he followed his father’s, former NFL running back Stephen Davis Sr., footsteps and committed to Auburn last August it only intensified the full-court recruiting press from other schools.

Davis is still considering Florida State, South Carolina and Clemson, among others.

Davis was among nine players who received invitations to The Opening Finals in Oregon in July.

“I’m just having fun with it,” Davis said. “I only get one chance to experience this so I want to get the full experience of it. That’s just how a lot of football players do it.”

A lot, but not all.

North Stanly (New London, N.C.) running back Antonio Williams committed to Wisconsin last December and said he’s got no plans to entertain any other schools.

“I’m done,” Williams said. “In football the coaches still come at you and a lot of players pretty much still keep things open, but not me. I made it known when coaches kept calling me after I committed and they’ve backed off for the most part.”

As a sophomore, Laney (Augusta, Ga.) defensive tackle Tyrone Truesdell’s recruitment is just starting to pick up and said he plans to take the same approach as Williams.

“I won’t commit until I know for sure,” Truesdell said. “I just don’t see the point of committing if I’m still gonna look at other schools. I know a lot of football players do it, but I don’t think that’ll be me. I don’t know why it’s different in basketball. I think maybe we need to be more like them with that.”

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