Recruiting's Wild Rides

In recruiting, things can often get a little crazy.

Brent Calloway landed at Alabama ... but once was all Auburn.

Many prospects flip. Others get dropped. Commitments are made one day and de-commitments come hours later.

Some recruitments, though, are wilder than others.

With that in mind, we take a look back at a few of the most, um, unique situations of recent years.

Brent Calloway, RB/OLB, Russellville, AL (Russellville) -- Alabama
The Recruitment -- To say the least, it was a wild ride for the No. 74 overall prospect in the 247Composite for 2011. First, he picked Alabama. Then, he flipped to Auburn. Finally, Calloway flipped back to Alabama. His recruitment captivated an entire state. One member of the media even alleged wrongdoing by the Tide. Alabama compliance officials, however, found nothing to support the charges.
The aftermath -- Calloway was a regular contributor on special teams in 2012 and saw some action at running back. He was dismissed from the team in February after his second brush with the law since joining the program.

Reuben Foster, ILB, Auburn, AL (Auburn) -- Alabama
The Recruitment -- The arguably was the strangest recruitment of the 2013 class. Foster committed to Alabama on July 18, 2011. But after visiting a handful of schools, he flipped to Auburn on July 12, 2012. Following his pledge to the Tigers he got an Auburn tattoo on his forearm. Additionally, Foster moved from Georgia to Alabama during the offseason. Later in the process, Foster flirted with more schools and even made an official to San Diego State. Close to signing day, he reportedly left Auburn in the middle of his official visit and drove to Tuscaloosa. A few days later, he committed to the Tide.
The aftermath -- Foster will enroll at Alabama this summer.

Josh Harvey-Clemons, OLB, Valdosta, GA (Lowndes) -- Georgia
The Recruitment -- Up until the end, there wasn't much out of the ordinary with this recruitment. But on signing day in 2012, things got a little crazy. Down to Georgia and Florida, the Gators got some vibes they would land the 247Composite five-star recruit. But on signing day, Harvey-Clemons announced for Georgia on live television. However, by day's end the letter-of-intent still hadn't arrived. The reason: His grandfather/legal guardian -- and some others in the family -- wanted him at Florida. Ultimately, Harvey-Clemons convinced his family he belonged in Athens, and he made it official a day later.
The aftermath -- Harvey-Clemons was rated as an outside linebacker in high school, but has stayed at safety at Georgia thus far. This spring, he has been a first teamer.

Seantrel Henderson, OT, Saint Paul, MN (Cretin Derham Hall) -- Miami
The Recruitment -- The No. 2 overall prospect for 2010 in the 247Composite, Henderson landed at Miami after numerous twists and turns. On signing day, he committed to Southern California. But Henderson then decided to put things off until he could learn more about how the NCAA would handle infractions against the Trojans. Henderson did ultimately sign with USC in March, but later had second thoughts after the school was hit with sanctions. Trojan coaches reportedly flew to Minnesota twice to try to convince Henderson to enroll, but it didn't work. After being granted a release, he signed with the Hurricanes.
The aftermath -- Henderson has had an up-and-down career in Coral Gables, and was suspended for the 2012 season opener. He was an honorable mention All-ACC pick last season but as of yet has not lived up to his high school ranking.

Gunner Kiel, QB, Columbus, IN (Columbus East) -- Note Dame
The Recruitment -- As a high school senior in the 2012 class, Kiel was ranked as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the 247Composite. First, he committed to Indiana, which was a bit of a stunner even though his brother was on the Hoosiers roster. By October, though, he was back on the market. On Dec. 27, Kiel committed to LSU and was expected to be an early enrollee in Baton Rouge. But he never made it there, essentially leaving the Tigers at the alter. Instead, Kiel landed at Notre Dame.
The aftermath -- Kiel lasted one year in South Bend. In 2012, he redshirted behind rookie starter Everett Golson. He recently informed the coaches of his intention to transfer, and he currently is looking for a new school.

WR Jordan Payton committed to one-third of the Pac-12 during the recruiting process.

Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Hyattsville, MD (DeMatha Catholic) -- Alabama
The Recruitment -- On signing day in 2011, the nation's No. 2 overall prospect and No. 1 offensive tackle announced on live television he would attend Auburn. But as the hours passed that day, Auburn never received his letter-of-intent. A few days later, Kouandjio signed with Alabama, ending a recruitment that also saw him consider Iowa and -- yes -- New Mexico.
The aftermath -- In 2012, Kouandjio started every game at left tackle for the Tide, and many believe he will be selected high in the first round of the NFL Draft, either next year or in 2015.

Jordan Payton, WR, Thousand Oaks, CA (Oaks Christian) -- UCLA
The Recruitment -- Payton, the 137 overall prospect in 2012, committed to four -- yes FOUR -- Pac-12 teams during the recruiting process. He first committed to Southern California. Then, he verbaled to Cal. Then, he pledged to Washington. And finally, he made a signing day switch to UCLA. At the end, Payton was on the commitment lists of three different programs in three days.
The aftermath -- In 2012, Payton saw action in 13 games, with four starts. He had 18 catches for 202 yards and a touchdown.

Floyd Raven, CB, Reserve, LA (East St. John) -- Texas A&M
The Recruitment -- The No. 224 prospect for 2011, Raven picked the Aggies over Ole Miss. But there was one small issue. His mother wanted him at Ole Miss and reportedly signed his name on a letter-of-intent and faxed it to Oxford, Miss. The LOI wasn't readable so the Rebels asked the family to send it again. A second LOI never came, and Raven ended up in College Station. "Mom really wanted him here," then-Rebels coach Houston Nutt told reporters.
The aftermath -- Raven has been a significant contributor for the Aggies. He played in all 13 games in 2012 and recorded an interception. He is said to be having a strong spring.

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