Recruiting rarely plays out the way each school wants it to. When you hang on every action of what teenagers in high school say or do when it comes to college football, there's bound to be plenty of minds changed before that recruit makes his final decision. On Monday, Oklahoma lost a commit from their class of 2016 in '16 offensive tackle Jean Delance. Delance announced his decommitment via Twitter, citing that it had nothing to do with the coaching staff or team itself.
After reports came out about a fraternity that was caught on video singing and chanting horrendous racial slurs, it makes sense for Delance to make this announcement now. Delance might not be the last one to make the same decision, either. Still, the 6'5, 270-pound offensive tackle is rated as a four-star under the 247Sports Composite rankings and is ranked as the 16th-best offensive tackle in the country in addition to being ranked as the 24th-best player from the state of Texas. The decommitment comes just two days after Delance visited Oklahoma for their junior day. Now, his recruitment is back open.
Delance already holds an offer from Ohio State, which he got from the Buckeyes back on October 23. His most recent offer came from Alabama. While the favorite on the Crystal Ball remains the Sooners (50 percent), Texas A&M isn't too far behind (40 percent) with Texas (10 percent) trailing far off of the two favorites.
Cage looks towards spring visit
After suffering a knee injury during a wrestling tournament this past weekend, '17 defensive tackle Jerron Cage found himself with quite a bit of free time all of a sudden. Using that time to his advantage, Cage has been getting more involved into some of the recruiting talks with Ohio State and Urban Meyer. While not holding an offer from the Buckeyes just yet, Cage is already thinking ahead to April, which is the time frame that he sees as being perfect to visit Columbus and Ohio State's campus.
Already holding offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Kentucky, and Louisville (in addition to the interest he's received from Michigan State and Notre Dame), Cage has the Buckeyes and Spartans as his two favorites early in the process. As his recruitment becomes larger, expect an offer from coach Meyer and the staff in no time, as Cage has the potential to be a solid player at the college level.
Ferns still a strong lean
It's only been a month and a half or so since '16 inside linebacker Brandon Ferns last visited Ohio State, but that will change after basketball season is over. The 6'3, 223-pound linebacker is rated as a four-star under the 247Sports Composite and is ranked as the nation's second-best inside linebacker, in addition to being the sixth-best player at any position from the state of Ohio in the class of 2016.
Ferns has been in constant contact with the Ohio State coaching staff, so it comes as no surprise that after basketball season is over, he'll eye making a trip back to Columbus and checking out more of what the Buckeyes have to offer him as a student-athlete.
Ferns' offer sheet is quite impressive, with offers from Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan State, N.C. State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Texas A&M, USC, Virginia, and West Virginia. While the Buckeyes (73 percent) are currently favored to land one of the country's best, Michigan (10 percent), Oklahoma (10 percent), and West Virginia (7 percent) all have outside shots at landing the talent, according to the 247Sports Crystal Ball.