Moms aren’t always right, but most have sterling track records especially when it comes to their sons. The day Leron Black (Memphis, Tenn./White Station) committed to Baylor, any veteran recruiting observer could tell you this one probably wasn’t finished. All you had to do was read the following quote from the ESPN 60 forward:
“I wanted to [commit] when I was there but my momma said to wait,” Black said. “I prayed about it. Sunday at church, the preacher said that if God tells you to do something you should listen.”
Black listened alright, he went ahead and committed. Turns out mom’s voice was finally heard a few months later. On the first day back from Christmas break, the nation's No. 11 junior rescinded the commitment to Baylor.
Quotes from The Commercial Appeal tell the rest of story. “I feel like I didn’t really just look at the whole situation,” Black told the paper.
On the day of the commitment, some close to Black wondered about the staying power of the pledge.
When a big-time player commits, and Black is that, things typically don’t move as fast as they did here. Taking a visit and then making a commitment when those closest to you are caught off guard isn’t historically the strongest pledge. However, if you’re Baylor, you strike while the irons hot; no doubt you take the commitment. Baylor likely knew that while it had the pledge, it wasn’t going to be a confirmation process without bumps in the road.
Those bumps in the road manifested itself within hours of the news on Wednesday. According to Norton Hurd, Black’s travel team coach, Kentucky, Baylor, Ohio State, Florida, Connecticut, Memphis, Kansas, Missouri, NC State, Louisville, Tennessee and Vanderbilt reached out once the word of the de-commitment hit the street.
This recruitment is about to enter slow motion. Black isn’t about to make another choice anytime soon. Expect a longer, slower and more cautious process to evolve this time around. He’s made the one rash commitment founded in what his high school coach referred to as emotion. The next pledge will be his last and if we’re hearing him correctly, it’s going to take some time to evaluate the options.