Lorenzo Mauldin, former South Carolina commitment, signed a LOI with Louisville today. Chip Towers, who has been doing a great job covering the oversigning topic lately, has more on the details of Mauldin's story, which is a remarkable one. Here are a few quotes from Chip's piece that are very disturbing:
Since he already had a signing ceremony planned, Mauldin went through the motions on Feb. 2. He signed a fake LOI and put on a South Carolina cap for cameras at his school. The Gamecocks went on to sign 32 other players to national letters, including the nation’s No. 1 recruit, Jadeveon Clowney, who did not sign until Feb. 14.
Sure wish Chip Towers could ask the South Carolina coaching staff if their bonuses are based on recruiting rankings on the Rivals and Scout sites and whether or not those bonuses are prorated to account for the signing of a fake letter of intent.
“I don’t believe they thought I would make the [qualifying test] score. It kind of made me feel like they were wishing for me to not make the score."
“The way South Carolina did me was not an ideal situation because I didn’t expect it to happen. But it did, so when it came down to it, I just took it as another trial in life and decided to overcome it. So I went on some visits to see what other teams had to offer and I liked Louisville.”
Mauldin said he did not inform South Carolina of his decision and hasn’t spoke with its coaches for a while.
“I’m sure they found out through media,” he said. “They still haven’t contacted me and I haven’t made an effort to contact them either. Once again, I felt like there was some favoritism going on there. I kind of gave up on that situation.”
Here's hoping Lorenzo realizes that there is more to college than football and that he makes the most of his opportunities at Louisville. For a kid who has been through as much as he has hopefully the stability of knowing where he will be for the next 4-5 years will help him make the most of this opportunity. Hat's off to Charlie Strong and Louisville for being straight with the kid instead of jerking him around like South Carolina.