Cal's stellar recruiting class, built by Lupoi, beginning to fall apart
It's the type of haul that had potential to set up a school for years. Now, it might all be over.
The sudden departure of assistant
One player, five-star defensive lineman
Five-star defensive back
"It's a business," he said via Twitter on Monday. "My family told me and [I] have to do what's best for me."
"It's a huge deal," he told
"He came by the house a couple days ago and we were talking and he said he was going to stay with Cal but after I talked to him a lot of things kind of unfolded the next few days and led to his decision. I know he did what's best for him and his family but it's kind of tough because he's a player's coach and everybody felt really connected to him."
College recruiting is fickle by nature.
Verbal commitments are just that, a non-binding proclamation of where a recruit intends to go. Nothing is official until an athlete signs a National Letter of Intent on National Signing Day (Feb. 1 this year).
So even though a verbal commitment is intended to end the recruiting process, it doesn't. Schools continue to recruit players -- especially when a coaching change occurs.
Usually it's the hiring or firing of a head coach. But in Cal's case, it's clearly the departure of Lupoi, named the Rivals.com Recruiter of the Year in 2010.
"The relationship I built with Coach Tosh was a big factor in my decision to go to Cal," McCarthy said via text message.
Cal is now scrambling to rebuild its relationship with its commits. It has until Feb. 1 to do so. And while that may not seem like much time to repair relationships that were years in the making, the program only needs to look at how this weekend unfolded to see how quickly things can change in the recruiting world.