It’s normal for high school-aged kids to change their minds, but the football recruiting class of 2017 has had a historic number of players decommit.
According to 247 Sports, there were 249 decommits for the class of 2016 recruiting class — a fairly large number itself, but not incredibly shocking in the grand scheme of things.
What is shocking? The number of players decommitting in the class of 2017. As of this writing, there have been 607 instances of a player changing his commitment to play for a school, a whopping 243 percent increase year-over-year.
And don’t think the SEC is immune to the recruiting woes just because it’s widely accepted as the best conference in college football — there have been 84 decommits and counting in this class (up from 76 in last year’s class) which accounts for nearly 14 percent of all decommitments.
Interestingly, though, only six of the 14 SEC programs have seen decommitment numbers increase this season from last, but a few of the jumps are enough to account for the difference: Mississippi State has had 10 decommits in this class, compared with just one last year. And the Tennessee Vols are leading the way with 13 decommits this year and 24 overall in the past two.
h/t to r/CFB