"I'm a little ticked off that I didn't know about that true freshman."
Such were the words from Husker commit, D.T. McDowell. This in reference to Joe Dailey, a player that he said he only knew about from watching the games. "I didn't know that he was there. I knew they had other quarterbacks, but I didn't know they had a true freshman."
During the discourse between McDowell and the coaches, McDowell stated that the coaches made him aware of the fact that other signal-callers were there, but stated that nobody indicated to him that amongst them was a young man that could be there almost as long as him.
Needless to say, with the angst that McDowell felt over the entire situation, I asked that if this made him reevaluate his decision to commit to Nebraska. "A little bit." he said. "I mean, it affects my decision a little bit, but not a lot though."
I don't know about you, but when it comes to kids in high school making decisions, I sort of have my own guidelines as to what I take as anywhere from "in the bag" to "no way". If a high schooler says, "I'm certain, no doubt about it, put it in the bank", I'll figure that's about 80% that they are firm on what they said. If they say, "Yeah, I think that's it. More than likely, I'm pretty sure that's the way it's going to go", I'll put that at around 50% sure and if they say, "I'm thinking about it, yes and no, I'm pointing towards this almost for sure, but haven't figured it all out yet", that in my book is apprx. 30% assuredness as to what they will do.
In short, a little usually means a lot.
Also, there are flags that come up from comments made and in this case, we will talk about the actual commitment and D.T.'s comments that it did affect his decision, but as he said, just a "little bit".
After a pledge to a school, any hesitation whatsoever in their resolve to maintain that commit is a pretty decent red flag, but I tell ya, the biggest red flag is if that commit actually decides to take visits elsewhere. To that possibility, D.T. responded thus. "I'm thinking about other visits, but there's so many places, I am really not trying to think about that right now too much with the season going and all."
D.T. also said that he hasn't talked to the Nebraska coaches and asked them why they didn't make him aware of not just Dailey, but the fact that he was indeed a true freshman.
As for D.T.'s season, he said he has around 500 yards passing and his completion percentage is in the 60-range.
For every Husker fan out there quivering with fear now at the possibility of losing D.T., you must realize that though there does seem to be some solid signs that he's wavering, if just a bit on his commit, nothing is concrete right now, nothing has been decided and D.T. still plans on taking an official to Nebraska when his season is done.
There is some obvious inspiration for a little doubt though, because nobody truly committed would say they are taking visits, especially considering the "why" as to the motivation behind the change.
I'll keep you updated as this progresses.
Steve Ryan can be reached at email@example.com or 402-730-5619
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