Seven members of Baylor’s 2016 recruiting class have requested their release.
Jared Atkinson, Parrish Cobb, Donovan Duvernay, Patrick Hudson, Kameron Martin and J.P. Urquidez have requested their release from their national letters of intent as part of Baylor’s 2016 recruiting class, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Crabtree.
Devin Duvernay will likely be the seventh recruit to request his release, as he has reportedly started the process of doing so and intends to carry it out. Urquidez had already stated he would not enroll at the school, and it was previously reported that Martin intended to request his release.
Cobb, Devin Duvernay, Hudson, Martin and Urquidez are all four-star prospects, according to Scout.com. Atkinson and Donovan Duvernay are three-star prospects.
Baylor has a 30-day deadline to respond to the request by each recruit. A university may grant a complete release or no release. Baylor will also determine whether or not to lift a recruiting ban that disallows any contact between a coach from other schools and the players.
Collis Cobb, the father of Parish Cobb, told Fox Sports on Wednesday night that they filed for his son’s release on Saturday, two days after Briles was fired, and that the school compliance office informed him that they were unwilling to grant the request.
The seven signees’ reported departures come after months of investigation uncovered a number of instances in which Baylor officials and coaches were aware of sexual assault allegations against players but did not pursue disciplinary action.
On Wednesday, Ken Starr resigned as Baylor University’s chancellor. The university has also fired football head coach Art Briles and seen athletic director Ian McCaw resign in the last week.
Also Wednesday, 2017 four-star quarterback prospect Kellen Mond announced his decommitment from Baylor, leaving the team with just one verbal commitment in the ’17 class.