Posted by Bryan Fischer
It’s supposed to be one of the best days in a recruit’s life, the day he signs his letter of intent. Signing those scholarship papers and Letter of Intent means something to a recruit, his parents and family.
Sometimes though, it gets taken away because of the business end of college football. That’s what happened to South Carolina commit Lorenzo Mauldin. The Atlanta (Ga.) area defensive end was told the day before Signing Day that he could not be put on scholarship this fall. Well, told would have been better than what really happened: a simple letter faxed to his high school.
“I kind of feel like I’ve been shoved away,” Mauldin told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. “Then again, on the other hand, I realize that I wasn’t academically eligible and I understand that was on my part. And I can’t really use the times I’ve been through as an excuse for that. It’s all right.”
Mauldin and Groveland (Fla.) linebacker Jordan Montgomery were just two of South Carolina’s 31 signees told that there was no room for them. The railing against oversigning that occurred right before Signing Day? That was due in large part because of situations like Mauldin and Montgomery’s.
“We’ve handled it,” Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier told reporters. “Hopefully they’re still going to be with us. That’s about all I can tell... We’ll see how it plays out down the road.”
The next step for both players is likely a prep school, the Journal-Constitution mentions Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia as a destination for Mauldin, before eventually enrolling in January. While both players will likely play FBS-level football, the circuitous route they took there is a cautionary route for some future recruits.
“I think everything will work out eventually,” Mauldin said. “Again, it’s better than nothing. As long as I’m playing football, I’m OK. I’m still getting my education. If I’m not playing football with my team right away, in the end, I will play with them eventually.”
Hopefully for the players, everything will work out in the end.