The only rules when it comes to recruiting star high school athletes is that there are no rules. Recruits will commit, de-commit, troll, and do just about everything in between to potential suitors.
Out of everyone, college coaches should know this the best. These kids are being pressured to make their first ever life decision, and at 17 and 18 years old, that can be a lot to ask.
That’s why Bo Pelini’s reaction to the de-commitment of former Nebraska recruit Dominic Walker looks extremely childish.
Walker is a four-star wide receiver out of Orlando, FL, and with signing day approaching and a visit to Auburn, Walker had a change of heart.
Pelini’s reaction to hearing from Walker that he would no longer be heading to Lincoln? Walker recounts the phone call with Chris Hays of the Orlando Sentinel:
“It was a very tough decision. They were [mad]. They were very mad. But I thought I had to call them like a real man should,” Walker said. “But yeah, they were mad. Coach Pelini said, ‘Best of luck, you’re going to need it.”
“Coach Fisher said, ‘I can’t believe you,’ ” Walker said. “It was really awkward.”
Pelini has amassed a 49-20 record in his five seasons at Nebraska, including reaching nine wins every season and ten in three seasons. Despite all those wins, Huskers fans judge success on championships, and he has failed to break through to the BCS.
One can see how frustrating losing a recruit the caliber of Walker would be, especially for a coach looking to put his program back on the elite level, but it’s a frustration that you can’t let the recruit or nation see. Especially not in the bitter way Pelini did.