Isaac McDonald, a tight end and outside linebacker recruit from Hialeah (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic School, was dropped Tuesday by Clemson, just three months after the Tigers accepted his commitment. The reason?
Clemson, like all colleges, is prohibited from commenting on recruits. But McDonald's coach, Jon Drummond, is not. And he took to Twitter to explain the situation.
@JimmyDSmith man a coach today tried me and one of my kids.....oh hell naw. Stay tuned for something tomorrow. Weak add Clemson— Jon Drummond(@Genron187) June 6, 2012
In 8 yrs I've never steered a kid wrong.— Jon Drummond(@Genron187) June 6, 2012
Clemson gon tell me I shouldn't have taken a player in visits...man they crazy as hell. A verbal commitment dnt mean u own a kid— Jon Drummond(@Genron187) June 6, 2012
They cut from the list and consideration....and coach Dslams the phone setup like we owe him. Shttt they can have that attitude n shove it— Jon Drummond(@Genron187) June 6, 2012
Clemson with that BS, but I bet they let committed players on their campus all day any day....smh keeping it moving— Jon Drummond(@Genron187) June 6, 2012
Idk what a school says, I'll will always take my kids out of the city and show them places they might never go again. It's bigger than sport— Jon Drummond(@Genron187) June 6, 2012
I'm obligated to my kids and their families first before any school. Lol I'll never let a school bully a kid.— Jon Drummond(@Genron187) June 6, 2012
@RivalsCNee they had the jump on everyone and my kid never wavered about his commitment. Even when he picked up Oregon and OKstate— Jon Drummond(@Genron187) June 6, 2012
@RivalsCNee you know Chris, it's a huge slap in the face to me. I personally spend my time n money and gave them 2 unofficial visits— Jon Drummond(@Genron187) June 6, 2012
Basically, Drummond is saying that Clemson decided to drop McDonald because Drummond took him or planned to take him on visits to other schools. Verbal commitments are non-binding on either the school or the player, and Clemson is completely within its rights to drop McDonald.
Whether Clemson had the right to do this is different than the question of whether it was the right thing to do. If Clemson told McDonald that he would be dropped for taking other visits, I have no problem with this. If they did not, it is not a good precedent to set.
I have heard that there may be more to this story, but at this point I am not comfortable putting it out there without verification from another source.
In any case, McDonald is now back on the market. He has several nice offers, though I am not sure of the validity of each claimed offer.
Clemson sits at six commitments for the class of 2013.
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