A lot happens during a full recruiting cycle. Players make commitments and then back away from them. Coaches do the same thing to players. It's even more difficult when a new coaching staff takes over. Entire lives can be flipped.
More than a year and a half ago, USC picked up the commitment of Knoxville (Tenn.) Catholic four-star wide receiver Amari Rodgers (then a three-star prospect). The explosive inside-outside weapon looked about as solid as a player could be, barring a change in the coaching staff since the Trojans' then-receivers coach Tee Martin is Rodgers' father.
But the coaching staff changes came. Steve Sarkisian was fired a couple of months later, early in the 2015 season and Martin was eventually promoted to offensive coordinator under head coach Clay Helton. Despite his father being retained and being bumped up to OC, Rodgers backed away from his Trojan commitment late in the season:
A couple of months later, on Valentine's Day, Rodgers committed to Clemson and has been one of the Tigers' top recruiters in the 2017 class. On Wednesday, he made his decision official, sending in his fax to lock himself into Clemson's 2017 recruiting class:
Rodgers only measures in at 5-foot-10, 185 pounds, but he is an explosive athlete. He was the No. 2 receiver in the state of Tennessee and was ranked as the No. 199 overall prospect in the 2017 Scout 300.
Here's what Amari Rodgers looks like in action:
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