Published December 10, 2013 - 4:00pmNEW: Follow on facebook -
On Monday, running back Sione Palelei Tweeted that he’ll be taking his talents to Oklahoma State instead of LSU–but sometimes you have to read between the lines with decommitments.
“My heart opened up to OSU!! N that’s that!! You can hate me from decommitting from LSU but I feel like this is the place for me,” Palelei Tweeted.
Look, a decommitment is a decommitment–LSU offered Palelei, he accepted. Things changed for whatever reason, and he’s now heading elsewhere.
But it also could indicate that the nation’s No. 1 player in the nation, RB Leonard Fournette, is a done deal to the Tigers. Why would Palelei want to sit behind Fournette–even if their styles of play are pretty different? Just a theory, but if the LSU staff received a silent commitment from Fournette over the weekend during his official visit, wouldn’t they communicate that to Palelei so that A) It would give him a chance to make a decision about whether he wants to be behind the nation’s No. 1 recruit and B) Possibly earn back a scholarship if Palelei did decide to move on.
For the record, Palelei is a talented all-purpose back, but he missed time this year due to injury and he’s a three-star prospect. It could turn out to be a good deal for both sides that he chose to go elsewhere, even though he’s a Louisiana native.
Officially, Fournette will announce on Jan. 2 at the Under Armour All-America game. But again, he’s coming off an official visit to LSU this past weekend, though he does have a official scheduled to Alabama this weekend.
Jan. 2 seems to be a carefully choreographed day for the Tigers. Several of the nation’s top prospects have held off announcing their college choice, opting instead to do it on national television during the widely watched Under Armour Game–smack dab in the middle of bowl season. If LSU fans need a pick-me-up, they’re about to get it on national television.
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