This can be beneficial, as is the case with Kain Colter. Colter, a three-star quarterback from Englewood, Colo., had been committed to Stanford since last spring. But at the end of December – frustrated with the Cardinal's admissions process – Colter decommitted. And he confirmed to Purple Reign that Northwestern is the leading candidate for his services. At the moment, anyway.This fluidity, however, is not always a good thing, as is the case with Shontrelle Johnson, a three-star running back from Deland, Fla. The three-star prospect committed to Northwestern back in June but decommitted in December and has now pledged to Iowa State. And Arizona safety Devon Carrington – who held an offer from NU – told Purple Reign that he was mired in deliberation and was eager to visit the various schools that had offered – and this was about 24 hours before news broke that he had committed to Stanford.
So things change, and until those letters of intent get inked, uncertainty is the norm.But over at Notre Dame, where change and uncertainty have marked an eventful off-season, the top two recruits who the Irish nabbed from Northwestern say they are staying put.
Blake Lueders, a four-star defensive end/linebacker, committed to Notre Dame back in June, and despite all that's happened since then – the Irish's 6-6 season, the firing of Charlie Weis, the hiring of former Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly – Lueders is still committed.Same goes three-star running back Cameron Roberson, another player who held an offer from NU yet committed – and has stayed committed – to Notre Dame.
Lueders, from Zionsville, Ind., was one of Northwestern's top defensive targets for the 2010 class. At 6-5 and 250 pounds, he is the No. 24 defensive end in the nation. And it looked like NU might just pluck him away from Stanford and Notre Dame and several others. During a June chat with Purple Reign, he confirmed that the Wildcats were a top five choice."They're in there. They're definitely in my consideration," Lueders said, later adding, "I just want to take my time. I want to make the right decision. Once I make a decision, I want it to be solid. I don't want to decommit or anything like that."
That statement turned out to be prophetic, because with Notre Dame's rough season and subsequent coaching change, Lueders would have every excuse to decommit. But according to reports from Irish Eyes, Lueders is standing pat."I'm still committed to Notre Dame no matter what happens," Lueders told Irish Eyes before Kelly was hired. "It's a great school, and I'm looking forward to playing there, so nothing has changed on my end."
And after Kelly was hired: "I'm excited. I think he's a great guy. He's got a great won-loss record. He seems like the right guy for the job."And after meeting Kelly: "I liked him. He definitely seemed like a high-energy guy. That's great and any football team needs that. He seems really hands-on which is great…. I'm looking forward to it."
Attempts by Purple Reign to reach Lueders were unsuccessful, but it looks – based on the rhetoric – like he is going to stick with the Irish.Same goes for Roberson, another player who NU had offered and another player who said NU was on his short list of potential schools. In fact, as if to beat home the uncertainty of the recruiting process, Roberson didn't even mention Notre Dame when Purple Reign interviewed him back in June. At the time, he said that Washington, Arizona and NU were his top three choices. Alas…
Purple Reign called Roberson earlier this week and spoke to his mother. She was brief and unequivocal: "He's firmly committed to Notre Dame," she said.And with that, the two highest-rated players who ND nabbed from NU look like they're still committed to the Irish. Not that things can't change.
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