Too little, too late — not long after the news broke that stud wide receiver Omar Manning was sticking with his pledge to the TCU Horned Frogs, fellow Texas Longhorns target Grant Polley opted to affirm his longtime commitment to the Colorado Buffaloes.
Huge news tonight out of Denton Texas! Staying true to your word shows character! The future of Colorado Football is very bright! #CUin17— Darrin Chiaverini (@CoachChev6) January 17, 2017
A headline from the Colorado Rivals site touted that Polley is “all in with Colorado.”
Chiaverini, the 39-year-old co-offensive coordinator for the Buffs was the lead man on the Polley recruitment and so far has larger held together the large contingent of Metroplex-area talent.
Sure, the Colorado alum lost out on offensive lineman Xavier Newman to Baylor in the second flip of his recruiting process, but keeping Polley is huge for Colorado and a significant loss for Texas.
The notoriously-silent Polley even took the extremely rare opportunity to communicate the decision to the media:
3-star OT Grant Polley has informed HornSports that he is sticking with his commitment to Colorado. Visited Texas this past weekend. #HookEm— HornSports.com (@HornSports) January 17, 2017
Despite the difficulty in confirming whether Polley would take an official visit to Austin given that reluctance to share any information publicly, head coach Tom Herman and his staff did get the 2017 Under Armour All-American on campus last weekend.
Unfortunately, the relationships that Herman and offensive line coach Derek Warehime built with Polley while at Houston weren’t enough to lure him at Texas.
To address Chiaverini’s tweet, there’s no particular reason to moralize about flips because of your fandom for a program, but there is something commendable in Polley making a decision and believing that the value of his word in doing so matters.
It’s certainly hard to fault him for believing in an absolute rising star in the coaching industry who has surely put in a tremendous amount of hard work selling Polley on his vision for the future in Boulder, which looks brighter now than it has in a long time.
Now Colorado will benefit from a talented offensive tackle pledge with a lot of upside who could have provided valuable long-term depth for Texas, with the ability to develop into a really good contributor, if not All-Conference type of player.
Count BON’s own CoachLamons as one who believe that Grant Polley has Connor Williams-type potential.
That is a a high tremendously high threshold to match, but he’ll be doing it now and black and gold instead of burnt orange and white.
Disappointing, indeed, especially so soon after the Manning news.