Monday, July 31, 2017

Texas prep receiver Hunt de-commits from Kansas

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting


The Kansas football team’s 2018 recruiting class shrank by one commitment Monday evening, with Texas prep Tevailance Hunt announcing his decision to de-commit from David Beaty’s program.

Rated a three-star wide receiver by Rivals, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Hunt — entering his senior year at Texas High, in Texarkana, Texas — was the prep teammate of current freshman KU receiver Quan Hampton.

Hunt committed to the Jayhawks on the day of the spring game, this past April, after attending the scrimmage at Memorial Stadium with Hampton.

“First off, I would like to say that this was a very long four months and a very hard decision to make,” Hunt wrote in a note he posted on Twitter. “I want to thank all the Kansas coaches and the head coach for believing in me and giving me an opportunity to play at the next level.”

According to Hunt’s message, he has closed his recruiting process and will announce which college team he plans to play for this Friday night. reported since KU became the first Power Five team to offer Hunt a scholarship in mid-April, the receiver has since added offers from TCU, Oklahoma State and Indiana, as well as some non-Power Five programs.

Gabe Brooks of Scout also reported Kansas “is still in the mix” for Hunt, though it seems highly unlikely a player would de-commit from a program only to re-commit to it four days later.

According to Scout, Hunt gained an offer from TCU after attending the team’s July 21 camp.

With Hunt out of the mix, that brings KU’s 2018 commitment list down to 12 players.

Based on Rivals' rankings, Kansas owns the 43rd-best recruiting class in the nation after losing Hunt.


John Myers 3 years, 8 months ago

I get that they're just young kids, and I get that they often make commitment decisions prematurely and in the heat of the moment, but I pretty much lose respect for a guy as soon as he pulls this garbage. Gets really old.

Doug Cramer 3 years, 8 months ago

Rivals ranking down to 43...back to reality.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 8 months ago

At this point in particular, I'm willing to accept a reality that has us middle of the pack in the Big12.

Chris DeWeese 3 years, 8 months ago

Do these kids understand the definition of commitment?

John Fitzgerald 3 years, 8 months ago

I suggested awhile back that anytime a player commits it should require them to sign a LOI which constitutes an ACTUAL commitment or else it isn't considered a commitment. I was blasted because apparently "kids" shouldn't be held to such tough decisions. But if they're 18, they're adults. And teaching them about how important sticking with your commitments is early on, then it'll help them in the long run. And how much of a pain is it for coaches to get a commitment from a guy and then he changes his mind? It has to be horribly difficult to recruit around this. I'm all for giving the players time to make this difficult choice, but once they make that decision the LOI should be signed and they should be held to that commitment. 1.) They'll be more careful about the decision, 2.) they won't be able to use lower end schools to leverage a better offer, 3.) it'll take stress off coaches knowing the player is committed and other schools won't try as hard to flip them, and 4.) it'll take stress off the player knowing that once they've committed it's done and they won't be hassled by other recruiters.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 8 months ago

It would appear that they understand commitment as well as coaches and staff who regularly break contracts and commitments for personal advancement. While disappointing let's not be so pretentious as to hold them to a higher standard than older adults in the same business.

John Brazelton 3 years, 8 months ago

This is America. Until you sign on the line, you are free to change your mind. Recruiting for any college sport is a cut-throat business. It's better to change your mind before you sign than to wait three years into a football program and then part company.

Gavin Fritton 3 years, 8 months ago

I am as frustrated as any other KU fan with this and I, again like every other KU fan, am hoping we can hang onto our remaining commitments and that David Beaty wasn't resting on his laurels and will be able to snag a few others between now and signing day.

But come on. We're the University of Kansas. We get bullied out of football commitments just like we go out and bully other, smaller and less famed schools out of basketball commitments and we will until we turn the ship around. This is the way of the world. I think things are changing and for the better, but it will take awhile. How many basketball players, great ones, have we gotten from smaller schools but only after Coach Self (and before him Coach Williams) has told the player in question that he has to publicly de-commit from the other school?

We got in on this young man early, which is something we have to do because of our position at the bottom of a power five conference. We made him an offer before he had any others and before he knew he would get any. It would have been great if he had said "Thanks and I will think it over," but who can blame him for saying yes when he had no idea who might also come along later and knowing that his commitment wasn't binding? He has some responsibility to KU, but he has an even greater responsibility to himself and his family to maximize his talents and his resources to do what is going to take him the furthest in life. We'd like to think that is in Lawrence, but that's not our decision to make.

Someone above already said that coaches leave all the time for more money and better jobs. That also stinks. But that's also their right. Why shouldn't a player, one who is bound up by far more restrictive rules that place much and many more unfair limits on what he can do and where he can go as soon as he signs his LOI, keep his options open and make the most of this one-time opportunity?

We are all looking at this as fans and people who love KU. We all wish that players would love KU like we do. And a lot of them play here and end up loving it the same as we do. But we can't blame them for looking at this as the chance of a lifetime and trying to maximize it, much as we might wish they would choose differently.

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