One of the nation’s top defensive end prospects backed away from a previous commitment to the Virginia Tech Hokies on Wednesday, citing a need for more reflection and exploration of his college football options.
Tyjuan Garbutt, an athletic, 6-foot-4, 220+ pound defensive lineman from Riverbend in Fredericksburg, Va. announced his decommitment on Twitter, playing both sides of the fence on his decision; on the one hand, he said re-opening his commitment was best for him. On the other, he indicated that Virginia Tech was still his clear “leader” in the Garbutt recruiting stakes. He also holds scholarship offers from the likes of Georgia, Michigan State, Penn State, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and a host of other Power-5 programs.
No matter where he eventually decides to play college football, Garbutt could learn something from his Virginia Tech decommitment: He needs to keep his phone charged. Seriously, look at the upper right corner of his iPhone notes screened message. He’s only got three percent of his phone’s juice remaining when he posted this message.
Sure, this time 3% was enough, but that’s a sure sign of impending battery failure. There’s no way that Garbutt kept using his phone continuously to monitor all the responses to his Tweet (which is probably a good thing). Red line battery percentages are nothing new to commitment messages in the iPhone age, but Garbutt should keep an eye on his phone usage; a crash just as he fires off the next message of this significance — likely his commitment — could leave a whole lot of fans hanging before he can remedy the situation.