Amid Influx of New Commitments, Fleck's Gophers Do Lose a Few

January 11, 2017 05:52 AM

While the trend has been for recruits to flock toward Gopher football since P.J. Fleck was hired as head coach, some previously committed players have recently announced decommitment decisions.

Javan Hawes, a receiver from Georgia; Louisiana running back Jakyle Holmes; and Claudin Cherelus, a safety from Southwest Florida all used Twitter to make their decommittment decisions public since P.J. Fleck signed on at the "U".

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It's not known if Fleck communicated with any of these three players. College coaches are prohibited from commenting publicly on prospects. 

Hawes, a 3-star prospect from Sandy Creek High in Tyrone, GA, posted a note on Twitter saying, "After talking with my family, coach and much prayer I am decommitting from the University of Minnesota."

Hawes previously told, "My grandmother on my mom's side lives in Minnesota, she would like it for me to go up there".  

He is also being recruited by the likes of Cincinnati, Southern Miss, Purdue and East Carolina.

Holmes is a 3-star prospect from Ponchatoula High in Louisiana who is also being sought by programs such as Arizona State, Georgia Tech and Ball State.

In a message posted on twitter, Holmes thanked the previous coaching staff and Minnesota fans before stating simply, "I will be decommitting from the university (sic) of Minnesota."

A message contained in a tweet by Cherelus read, in part, "...after all the complications and a lot of thought, I have decided to decommitt (sic) from the University of Minnesota and reopen my recruiting."

Cherelus is a 3-star recruit from Golden Gate High in Naples, Florida whose other offers are from UMass, Samford and Northern Illinois

In addition to the prospects decommitting, last season's starting center Tyler Moore announced on twitter he plans to transfer.

"I am ending my time at the University of Minnesota and transferring to another school," a message posted in a tweet from Moore said.

Meanwhile, Fleck has flipped nine former Western Michigan recruits to Minnesota so far.

KSTP Sports previously reported Tanner Morgan is among those recruits following Fleck from WMU. Morgan is a three-star quarterback with a strong arm who is a finalist for the Mr. Football award in Kentucky. He also had an offer from the University of Louisville where the recently-crowned 2016 Heisman Trophy winner is the incumbent quarterback.

Fleck also attracted a running back from Maryland that Iowa and Kentucky were seeking. Mohammad Ibrahim is a 3-star prospect from Good Counsel High in Olney - the same school Minnesota Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs attended. Ibrahim ranked as the 36th-best running back in the class of 2017, according to

Fleck has said he will honor the scholarship offer for every player from Minnesota who received their offer from Tracy Claeys.

Fleck was hired to replace Claeys, who was fired amidst a conflict with university administration during an investigation into sexual assault allegations made against Gopher football players.

RELATED: KSTP In-Depth: P.J. Fleck Hired As Gopher Football Head Coach


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