Better Late Than Never

Junior Gnonkonde's story isn't as rare as you might think. In fact, more than a few players have been told by the programs that they had committed to look elsewhere.

Junior Gnonkonde committed to Georgia Tech back in February 2011. The coaching staff felt like Junior was not on the right track academically and let him go.

John Gibson was told Monday by Arkansas that he was no longer in their plans. The Razorback staff felt that Gibson may not qualify and decided to not take a risk. The 5'10" cornerback from Missouri City, TX committed to Arkansas back in July after a strong camp showing.

Gibson said he has already started looking for a new school. "Maybe SMU or Minnesota, and there's a possibility with Texas Tech," he said when asked about upcoming visits. "There are several schools that I've talked to."

Maurice Bennett, from Madison Central in Mississippi, was told by the new staff at Washington State that he didn't fit in the plans of their defense.

In the case of Arkansas, the fact that the SEC wants to keep team's from signing more than the 25 man limit was a big factor. For Washington State, it was a new staff.

Gnonkonde picked up an offer from UCF almost immediatly. He is visiting Louisiana Tech this week. Louisiana Tech also recently visited with Bennett.

Two other players, Lleland Ducksworth from Hattiesburg, MS and Marrick Charles from Destrehan, LA are also recent players to jump back in the thick of recruting. Ducksworth committed to Mississippi State in September. Charleas committed to Houston in November. Both players had several offers back in the fall, including Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss, and Louisiana-Lafayette..

While it does put eneormous pressure on a player to be looking for a school after he thought for months his future was settled, it is better than what has happened in years past. A player like Elliot Porter from Shaw High School in Louisiana signs with a team only to find out later they oversigned and now they need him to wait and enroll the next spring. Porter bounced around from LSU to Kentucky and then back to LSU. For the players in this story, they at least have a week or two to find a new home before signing day.

John Gibson

Maurice Bennett


Lleland Ducksworth

Marrick Charles

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