College Confidential

Question of loyalty: A&M offers Kentucky QB commit

Texas A&M’s Kyle Field.
Texas A&M’s Kyle Field. AP

The volatile world of college football recruiting can be a lot like a game of musical chairs. A player takes a seat by committing to one school and then opens it up for another player when he changes his mind and decommits.

Since last August, 5-star quarterback recruit Tate Martell had been keeping a seat warm at Texas A&M as a 2017 commit. However, that seat became available last week when Martell decided to reopen his recruitment, sending A&M back into the market for a QB.

On Sunday, 3-star QB prospect Mac Jones out of Jacksonville, Fla., tweeted that he had just received an offer from the Aggies, who need to shore up the position long term after Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray transferred, and then Martell decommited.

Jones, however, committed to Kentucky last July, which would seem to create something of a conundrum for loyal-to-the-bone A&M wide receivers coach Aaron Moorehead if Jones were to wind up signing with the Aggies.

How would Moorehead “vibe” with the young man for reneging on the Wildcats, for going against his word, for showing an utter lack of loyalty to Kentucky coach Mark Stoops?

You might recall the Twitter firestorm Moorehead created last week by charging Martell with a lack of loyalty following his decision to decommit from A&M. Moorehead deleted his most controversial tweets (they all do), but this was his initial reaction tweeted six minutes after Martell informed his more than 12,000 Twitter followers that he had changed his mind:

“I feel sorry for ppl who never understand loyalty. I can’t really even vibe with u. At the end of the day trust everything else is BS”

— Aaron Moorehead (@Amo8685) May 5, 2016

By Moorehead’s standards, A&M never should have issued an offer to Jones since his word -- never mind the lack of any binding agreement -- was already handed over to folks in Lexington.

Moorehead, though, seems to “vibe” just fine with A&M standout receiver Ricky Seals-Jones. If you can believe this, the Sealy product committed to Texas on Feb. 22, 2012, only to decommit on June 5, 2012 and commit to Texas A&M on Dec. 10, 2012.

Shocking disloyalty!

Eh, not really. This stuff happens all the time in college recruiting.

We’re talking teenagers here. It’s hard enough to pick the right hair gel let alone the right college. Until a signature is required, it’s best to assume that a verbal commitment is nothing more than a bubble floating around with a school logo inside and pop at a moment’s notice.

And if Jones, who has recently garnered offers from Alabama, Louisville and Cal as well, winds up decommitting from Kentucky and signs in February with A&M, here’s guessing Moorehead will “vibe” just fine with that.

He just probably won’t tweet about it.

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