Well, that didn’t take long.
Less than a month after making a surprise commitment to Michigan State, McDonald’s All-American big man Caleb Swanigan has backed out of his pledge to Tom Izzo’s program according to multiple reports.
The news of Swanigan’s departure was first reported by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, who cited Purdue as a potential landing spot for the 6-foot-9, 260-pound post player who added significant gloss to an already solid recruiting class for the Spartans. Swanigan lives in Fort Wayne, Ind., with his legal guardian, former Detroit Lions and Purdue linebacker Roosevelt Barnes.
His belated defection creates other tantalizing options for schools, including Purdue. Yet the most intriguing option may again be Cal, which was rumored to be a likely landing spot for Swanigan and fellow McDonald’s All-Americans Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown.
Just Wednesday during a radio appearance, coach Tom Izzo said he was not worried that Swanigan had not signed his letter.
“I really can’t talk about it but we’re kind of going through a little bit of a thing, football’s been through it,” Izzo said on “The Drive with Jack Ebling” on 92.1-FM in Lansing. “So nothing I’m worried about but I just can’t talk about it, guys.”
Asked again if there’s anything to be worried about, Izzo said: “Nah, nah.”
The reference seemed to be to a letter of intent issue with 2014 defensive tackle Malik McDowell, who chose the Spartans on national signing day but initially did not have the blessing of his mother, Joya Crowe. She signed the letter of intent to make it official nearly two months later.
Either way, the most clear takeaway of the latest developments in the Swanigan recruiting saga: In the current era, no one knows who is headed anywhere until the letter of intent has been received at a school’s basketball office.
Contributing: Joe Rexrode, Detroit Free Press