The No. 1 center in the Class of 2017 could once again be up for grabs.
Mitchell Robinson, a 5-star prospect and the No. 8 overall recruit in the cycle, has reportedly disappeared from campus at Western Kentucky, where he was enrolled and attending classes for the past two weeks.
The news was first reported by CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish on Friday afternoon. Now, Andrew Slater of 247Sports speculates that Robinson, who played his high school ball at Chalmette, La., could end up back in his home state.
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— Andrew Slater (@ASlater247) July 28, 2017
The 7-foot, 222-pound Robinson was once committed to Texas A&M before de-committing on April 24 of last year.
Two months later, he gave his pledge to the Hilltoppers and turned down offers from LSU and Alabama. Robinson’s godfather, former North Carolina star Shammond Williams, was on the Western Kentucky staff when Robinson signed.
However, Williams resigned earlier in July, leaving some to wonder whether Robinson would stick with his commitment to the school.
The source told CBS Sports that the WKU staff went to check on him after he failed to attend a scheduled workout on Thursday, and his room had been “cleaned out.”
Since Robinson had already been enrolled and was practicing at the school, Western Kentucky is the only place that offers Robinson a chance to play at the Division I level unless the NCAA grants him a waiver.
Mitchell can also play overseas professionally.