The busiest time for decommitments and changes in options and favorite schools begins in December. Some of it is spurned by coaches as their recruiting focus becomes narrower, which can leave recruits looking for a new school. This is when the term, “mutual separation” comes into play.
The other side of that coin is the athletes themselves. When it comes down to the nitty-gritty, recruits often reconsider their options and what is really the best path for them to go down. Such is the case for Madison High (Rexburg, Idaho) defensive lineman Zeke Birch.
Birch, committed to Boise State since early August, says the Bronco coaches haven’t spoken to him since November. He was slated to greyshirt at BSU, and his verbal pledge remains intact, but Birch is now reconsidering his plans.
“I don’t know (if anything has changed),” the 6-foot-5, 270-pound Birch said. “I’ve just been keeping my options open for the time being.”
Scout’s evaluators recently watched Birch’s tape and upgraded him to a three-star recruit. At 6 foot 5 and 270 pounds, it was only a matter of time before he came out from under the radar. Birch, who has received interest from BYU, recently picked up offers from Weber State and nearby Idaho State.
I'm visiting Weber on Jan. 13-15, and Idaho State on Jan. 21," he said.
It’s possible that Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin and his staff have cooled on Birch as signing day approaches. This is a story to keep an eye on as Feb. 1 draws near.