When a non-Louisiana school lands a bunch of Louisiana recruits in a short amount of time, especially when it’s a school like Kansas, there’s always going to be a cloud of doubt over those recruits. Kansas lost the commitment of 4-star wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase earlier this week, and last night they lost another Louisiana standout, as Nelson Jenkins flipped to LSU.
— Nelson_J_III (@NelsonJenkins71) February 16, 2017
Jenkins committed to Kansas just eight days ago, as a member of the Louisiana to Kansas movement spearheaded by running backs coach Tony Hull, but we always knew if LSU came calling, Jenkins might flip, and Jenkins committed as soon as he received the offer from Ed Orgeron.
Shortly after the Jayhawks received several recruits out of Lousiana, reports surfaced that recruits committed to Kansas as a slight to LSU after coach Orgeron demoted Louisiana native running backs coach Jabbar Juluke. Now, as a second recruit decommits eight days after he committed, this seems to be more about LSU than Kansas, and that’s not fair to KU or coach Tony Hull.
It’s one thing for and 17-year-old kid to change their mind. Things can change over the course of two years, and recruits should be allowed to change their mind without everyone else losing theirs. However, it’s hard to believe that a lot changes in eight days, and it’s entirely different if a kid is “committing” with no real intention of actually going to that school. It’s a slap in the face to the coaches that invested time and energy into recruiting him. It’s disrespectful to a fan base that was generally excited about the player, and what it means for the future of their program.
For Kansas, the decommitment doesn’t drop them too far in the 247sports recruiting rankings, as they sit at 9th currently. However, they desperately need a run-stopping defensive tackle, which Jenkins figured to be.
The question around Kansas has changed from “who will the next commitment be” to “who will leave next”, and when either of those happens, we’ll have coverage on it here at LandGrant Gauntlet.