Posted at 8:28 AM on 1/29/2014
It happens every year. Usually we see the, “oh, he really wasn’t that big or fast” talk after a recruit de-commits (because clearly, de-committing caused him to lose a step), but from time to time, we see something worse. The something worse is when some kid’s good name is dragged through the mud. In fact, it happens so often that it is nauseating to even think about. The latest victim? CJ Worton, formerly a commitment to FSU.
Is it fair? No. It’s not. But check the message boards of your favorite FSU fan site and you’re sure to see the intensely negative and truly disappointing discussion of CJ Worton’s commitment. Unfortunately, this “discussion” began long before he ever de-committed from Florida State. You could argue that it’s fair given the circumstances (i.e., football players are glorified in this country and likewise, receive a considerable amount of publicity, whether good or bad), but you could also take a step back and think about your own decision to attend college or start a career. We’ve all changed our minds from time to time, and in the spirit of trying to do the best for yourself, I offer these words of caution: don’t take someone else’s college decision personally. What CJ Worton wants to do is what’s best for CJ Worton and his family. Likewise, someone who decides to attend another school is not purposefully trying to stab you in the heart and keep you sleepless at night.
FSU fans should know better anyway. FSU has seen enough 5-stars under-perform and under-achieve to know that being a 5-star guarantees nothing. In fact, history tells us that some of the best players to ever wear garnet and gold were 3-star players. Recently, Christian Ponder, Rodney Hudson, Dekoda Watson, Xavier Rhodes, Bryan Stork, Chad Abram, Terrance Brooks, Cameron Erving, Bjoern Werner, Tre Jackson, Terrance Smith, and Nate Andrews were all 3-star rated players that either had or are having amazing careers at FSU. FSU fans, in the name of unbounded greed, are pursuing every possible 5-star player and, in the process, are ignoring the path laid by so many 3-star athletes. Let us hope that CJ Worton’s de-commitment doesn’t come back to haunt us in the future. I have a bad feeling that it will, but I can only hope that we learn an important lesson along the way.