The departure of DL Coach Elijah Robinson was expected to have some effects on the recruiting front, and it took mere hours for those to be felt. On Sunday evening, Louisiana defensive lineman Gabriel Reliford announced that he has decommitted from Texas A&M.
Reliford, who committed to the Aggies in June, is a four-star recruit, ranked as the No. 276 player nationally, the No. 24 edge rusher and the No. 8 player in Louisiana. He will announced his new commitment on Dec. 9, with LSU and USC expected to be the leaders.
While decommits are never ideal, they tend to come with the territory when you turn over a coaching staff. Even in today’s facilities and NIL arms race, relationships are often the deciding factor in a recruitment. Just like the departure of WR Coach Dameyune Craig precipitated the decommitment of five-star WR Cam Coleman last week, it appears that Elijah Robinson accepting a promotion at Syracuse caused Reliford to look elsewhere.
With early signing day looming in just a matter of weeks, Mike Elko will need to put in some work to reaffirm commits with the current members of the class, and see who he wants to target to add onto it.