Don't expect Dylan Sumner-Gardner's decommitment from Clemson on Thursday to end the Tigers' recruiting involvement with the Mesquite, Texas defensive back.
A year ago, Sumner-Gardner took a 22-hour bus trip to the Upstate, declared Clemson to be his "dream school," and committed before heading home to Texas.
Since Clemson's early offer (which came between Sumner-Gardner's sophomore and junior seasons), the reality of the recruiting process has made Sumner-Gardner's life a bit more complicated. He now has offers from Texas A&M, TCU, Auburn, Mississippi and Oklahoma, and a new offer Thursday from Nebraska.
Sumner-Gardner wants to look around, and in accordance with Dabo Swinney's policy, declared himself decommitted in order to do that.
Chad Morris visited Sumner-Gardner at his high school on Wednesday, and after that meeting, the player told Tiger Illustrated, "I'm 100 percent committed to Clemson."
But last night, 247Sports' Brian Perroni reported that Sumner-Gardner had "officially decommited" from Clemson.
Among those urging Sumner-Gardner to re-open his recruiting and take visits if Charlie Harbison, who is now recruiting the player for Auburn.
At this point, Sumner-Gardner anticipates making another bus trip to Clemson this summer.
Some other notes headed into the final weekend before signing day:
- Hollywood, Fla. defensive back Adrian Baker has finished with his visits and has made his decision between Clemson and Oklahoma. The former FSU commitment plans to announce his decision on signing day.
- Clemson has expressed late interest in quarterback Joshua Dobbs of Alpharetta, Ga. The 6-4 Dobbs is ranked as the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback in the nation by ESPN and as the No. 8 pro-style quarterback by 247Sports. He passed for 3,265 yards last season, and is also being pursued by Tennessee. He has been committed to Arizona State since last summer.
- Among Clemson's 'Junior Day' visitors on Saturday will be running back Elijah Hood of Charlotte, N.C., who over the past two seasons has rushed for more than 6,000 yards and 93 touchdowns; and Milan Richard, a tight end from Savannah, Ga. who is the nephew of former Georgia and NFL star Herschel Walker.
- Immokalee, Fla. cornerback Mackensie Alexander has finished with his visits after declining a weekend invitation to check out South Florida. Clemson, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Rutgers are among those still in the running.
- Georgia Tech has lost a commitment from defensive back Tolando Cleveland, who flipped to Mississippi State and will play there for former Georgia Tech assistant Geoff Collins, who is now defensive coordinator for the Bulldogs. Tech could be in danger of losing two more players. N.C. State will get a weekend visit from wide receiver Jumichael Ramos, while quarterback Damon Mitchell may visit Arkansas. Earlier this week, Yellow Jackets' coach Paul Johnson reiterated his stance that if 'committed' players continue to take visit's elsewhere, especially on the final recruiting weekend before signing day, he does not consider them 'committed.'
- Georgia is expected to get a final-weekend visit from defensive lineman Dee Liner, a former Auburn commitment from Muscle Shoals, Ala. Liner, a five-star prospect, recommitted from Auburn after visiting Alabama in mid-January.
- Davin Bellamy, 6-5 defensive end from Chamblee, Ga., has decommitted from Florida State.