Late Saturday night Cam'Ron Kelly opted to decommit from Virginia Tech.
I wrote the following when Kelly pledged to the Hokies back on June 7.
Clemson, Penn State, Virginia, Notre Dame, Auburn, Washington State, Oklahoma, and Ohio State.
That was the top 8 cornerback Cam'Ron Kelly announced on April 24. Kelly committed to the Hokies Tuesday morning. Recruiting is fickle. Recruiting is weird. And this is a stunner, in Virginia Tech's favor, of Stone Cold proportions.
As suddenly and surprisingly as his verbal commitment materialized, it ceased as abruptly and unfavorably — for Virginia Tech. There was no scuttlebutt of a change of heart and Kelly was actively, and transparently on Twitter, recruiting other prospects to Tech. The 4-star (0.9260) Oscar Smith HS product was Tech's highest rated commitment of the 2019 cycle. A commitment that unfolded in spectacular fashion and hinged on Kelly's desire to play cornerback.
Cam'Ron Kelly has already endeared himself to Hokie Nation based on commitment ceremony alone. (Video is via Oscar Smith HS.) #Hokies add a unanimous 4-star DB to their 2019 class: https://t.co/Txuksmsfd4. pic.twitter.com/KxrcKeKkDM— THE KEY PLAY (@thekeyplay) June 7, 2018
That's recruiting. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
No one should fault Kelly for pumping the brakes in order to make the right decision for himself. And while a single recruit won't make or break an entire class, Kelly's departure is a significant blow to the Hokies. He is a talent to help eclipse the blue-chip ratio. Moreover, his original commitment aided the perception of Virginia Tech's recruiting resurgence in the 757. From a broader perspective, in a cycle with such tight numbers — limited scholarships — Tech's had to be selective and turn away other recruits, banking on their verbals to ultimately sign. While this may open up another slot in the class, Tech might have fallen behind or out of favor with potential suitors.
Given Kelly stated he "will be looking for my new home", it seems unlikely Virginia Tech will be the eventual landing spot. However, it's been a rollercoaster recruitment and Justin Fuente has proven adept at convincing recruits who de-committed to ultimately sign with the Hokies.