The man with three homes has created quite a quandary for the colleges he signed with.
Dacorius Law, a 3-star running back prospect out of Haines City (Fla.), turned in three signed letters of intent on Wednesday. One was faxed to Ole Miss in the morning, one was faxed to Utah in the afternoon, and he also had a backup LOI with East Mississippi Community College. All three schools announced that he was part of their respective signing class.
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Now, the JUCO one isn’t a huge problem, because players who are borderline academically (which apparently Law is) can actually sign with a junior college as a backup plan, and still go D-I if they are able to qualify. That’s standard practice, as JUCO letters of intent don’t have as much bite to them. But the Ole Miss and Utah LOIs? Huge, huge deal.
See, it turns out that Law actually announced for Utah at his 11 a.m. press conference, but he (or whoever was helping him) faxed a letter of intent to Ole Miss on Wednesday morning, hours before Law announced for Utah–even donning a Utah Utes hat. In fact, the exact timing, according to Law’s hometown paper The Lakeland Ledger, was as follows: Ole Miss received its LOI at 8:23 a.m., and Utah announced Law as part of its class at 4:36 p.m. EMCC announced Law’s signing via Twitter, also.
Funny thing is, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze actually talked about Law in his press conference, apparently not even knowing about the Utah situation. That’s because he’d received Law’s LOI bright and early and it seemed to be all wrapped up.
“I don’t really know what happened, to tell you the truth,” Law told his hometown paper. “I trust the coaching over there (at Utah), so I left it to them, and we’ll see what happens. If something happens, then I’ll be worried.”
If you read into it, it sounds like Utah got in his ear after he’d submitted his LOI to Ole Miss, and he was trusting that Utah would straighten it all out. But LOIs are legally binding contracts in the eyes of the NCAA.
To further confuse the situation, Haines City head coach Ron Johnson told the newspaper that toward the end of the recruiting process, Ole Miss had stopped talking to Law–which may indicate that since Law had waited until the last second, Ole Miss had taken its scholarship offer elsewhere. This is a common practice in recruiting. However, it is also common practice for a school to send a coveted athlete a national letter of intent … sometimes days or even weeks ahead of time. This reinforces a college’s interest too, showing they want him badly. So it is common for a kid to have several LOIs in front of him, and he just chooses the one from his chosen school, signs it, and faxes it in–and then the process is done.
Of course, Ole MIss is quite a bit closer to Law’s Florida home, and it’s SEC football … and it sounds like his family was in favor of him playing for the Rebels. But when the lines of communication with Ole Miss went mute, Law scrambled to find another home in high-level football and the Pac 12’s Utah was the place.
It does sound like Utah will fight it out to retain Law, and has submitted his video taped announcement and all evidence to the NCAA to win him back.
Stay tuned, folks. This could get interesting.
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