December Decommits: The 10 Biggest Power Five Flips
With the flurry of activity surrounding signing day now behind us, it’s time to take stock of the impact of decommitments on the landscape of college football. Last month saw a total of 115 Power Five decommitments, and while it’s impossible to cover them all, we will take a closer look at the 10 most significant flips.
Gatlin Bair: Decommitment from Boise State
Gatlin Bair, the fastest player in the country, had committed to Boise State in the summer, largely due to his close relationship with then-coach Andy Avalos and position coach Matt Miller. However, following Avalos’ firing and Miller’s retention under new coach Spencer Danielson, Bair seems to be considering Michigan and Oregon leading up to a February decision.
Armondo Blount: Flip from Florida State to Miami
Five-star defensive end Armondo Blount had briefly committed to Miami early in his recruitment before choosing Florida State. However, as signing day approached, Blount remained in conversation with Miami, ultimately leading to his flip to The U.
KJ Bolden: Flip from Florida State to Georgia
While there was speculation that KJ Bolden might flip to Auburn, it was ultimately Georgia that secured the commitment from the five-star safety. Bolden’s decision was made well in advance of the announcement, keeping everyone guessing in the lead-up to signing day.
Cam Coleman: Flip from Texas A&M to Auburn
Cam Coleman, a five-star standout from Phenix City, Alabama, had chosen Texas A&M over Auburn last July. However, with the departure of coach Jimbo Fisher and position coach Dameyune Craig, Coleman’s allegiance shifted, and he ultimately decided to stay close to home by flipping to Auburn.
Micah DeBose: Decommitment from Georgia
After nearly a year with Georgia, high four-star offensive tackle Micah DeBose has reopened his recruitment and is currently in the process of weighing offers from Auburn, LSU, Ohio State, Alabama, and Michigan.
Xavier Filsaime: Flip from Florida to Texas
Following Florida’s firing of position coach Corey Raymond, high four-star safety Xavier Filsaime reconsidered his options and ultimately chose Texas over the instability at Florida.
Adarius Hayes: Flip from Florida to Miami
Despite being committed to Florida for nearly a year, high four-star linebacker Adarius Hayes made the late decision to flip to Miami following a visit to Coral Gables.
Jeremiah McClellan: Flip from Ohio State to Oregon
Originally committed to Ohio State, four-star receiver Jeremiah McClellan surprised many by flipping to Oregon after discussing his options with family in the days leading up to signing day.
Dominick McKinley: Flip from Texas A&M to LSU
Dominick McKinley waited until the last minutes of December to flip his commitment from Texas A&M to in-state rival LSU, choosing the Tigers over Tennessee and Texas.
Dylan Raiola: Flip from Georgia to Nebraska
In a surprising turn of events, Georgia’s future quarterback Dylan Raiola reached out to Nebraska coach Matt Rhule just days before signing day, leading to his flip to the Huskers, where he will continue his football career.
The impact of these 10 flips is significant, as these top recruits have the potential to change the trajectory of college football programs across the country. Their decisions are sure to generate headlines and fuel speculation as the college football landscape continues to evolve.