The past week in college football has seen many changes within the coaching profession and when that happens, it impacts recruits. While some players are drawn to a school because of the tradition of the program or the conference they play in, many players make a commitment to a school because of the relationship they form with the coaching staff.
If the coaches that recruit them are no longer there, it no doubt can change how players decision on attending that university.
A perfect example of this is what’s happening with Thomas Jefferson 3-star defensive end Jordan Mayer.
Mayer is currently committed to attend Wisconsin, but Paul Chryst has been removed as head coach and the status of Jim Leonard, the assistant coach that recruited him is currently up in the air.
Luke Fickell was hired this week to replace Chryst and the future of Leonard hasn’t been announced, although the two sides have reportedly met about him possibly staying with the program.
Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with Mayer on Thursday afternoon and asked him where things currently stand with his commitment to the Badgers program.
“I am in the process of figuring this out,” said Mayer. “I’m waiting to see if Coach Leonard stays on the staff. Those coaches were the reason I committed (to Wisconsin).”
When schools change head coaches or a coach leaves, other schools are obviously aware of this and look to possibly cherry pick recruits, especially ones as talented as Mayer.
“I have had a lot of schools reach out to me the last couple of days,” said Mayer.
The 6-foot-4, 235-pound rush end said that schools that have been in contact this week with him include West Virginia, Penn State, Florida State, Nebraska and Alabama. As of now, the only one of those schools that has offered Mayer is West Virginia.
Interestingly, Mayer said that another school reached out, but he isn’t interested in talking with them.
“Coach [Charlie] Partridge reached out the other day but I’m not interested. It was kind of a slap in the face that they never showed interest in me before.”
Prior to committing to Wisconsin, Mayer held offers from Boston College, Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Duke, Eastern Michigan, Georgia Tech, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple. Toledo, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.