Originally posted on Crystal Ball Run  |  Last updated 1/27/13

When it comes to college football recruiting, two axioms seem to hold true year-in and year-out: 1. “All is fair in love and recruiting.” 2. “Nothing is official until the ink goes dry on Signing Day.” Apparently though, no one shared that memo with Bo Pelini and the Nebraska caching staff. That’s because after Orlando-area wide receiver Dominic Walker elected to decommit from Nebraska this past weekend, well, Pelini and one of his assistant coaches had choice words for the 6’2 190 lb. Walker. Safe to say, they weren’t pretty. No, no, no. That’s because when Walker decided it’d only be appropriate to deliver the news of his decommitment personally by making a phone call to Nebraska’s staff, the short fuse and hot temper that Pelini has become notorious for over the years kicked into overdrive. Here’s how Walker described the call to the Orlando Sentinel’s Chris Hays: "It was a very tough decision. They were [mad]. They were very mad. But I thought I had to call them like a real man should," Walker said. "But yeah, they were mad. Coach Pelini said, 'Best of luck, you're going to need it.'” Walker then added that Nebraska wide receivers coach Rich Fisher was on the call too. "Coach Fisher said, 'I can’t believe you,' " Walker said. “It was really awkward." Yeah, I guess so, huh? It also sets a terrible precedent for Pelini and Nebraska with just days left before Signing Day. Look, the simple truth is that whether coaches like it or not, this is the name of the game in recruiting: Kids are kids, and they commit and decommit at a rapid-rate. What seems like a good idea one weekend, might not the next. What seems like the school of their “dreams” might get eclipsed by another one the following weekend. And the simple fact is, kids are going to change their minds whether the coach likes it or not. Coaches understand that when they sign up for the gig, and it’s up to them to recruit a kid until pen meets paper. Besides, how mad can Pelini really get mad at a kid who was once committed to Vanderbilt...before deciding to, you know, decommit from Vandy and flip to Nebraska? My guess is when that happened Pelini didn’t scold Walker as much as celebrate the decision. Apparently when the shoe was on the the other foot, Pelini didn’t handle it so well and his true colors came out (that color? Bright red, which is likely from blood literally boiling inside his body).   Also let’s also remember that again, this sets a terrible precedent for Nebraska. The simple truth is that there isn’t all that much high school talent in the state, and for this program to succeed at the highest level, they need players from outside states like Florida, California and New Jersey to come in and contribute. With that, I’ve got to ask: If you were a coach from Florida and you heard about this incident, would you be quick to send your kids to Nebraska? I sure wouldn’t. And oh by the way, given that Walker has already decommitted twice, who was to say he wouldn’t have eventually flipped back to Nebraska before Signing Day? Safe to say that probably won’t happen now. The point? You can’t let your temper get the best of you. At least not in recruiting, anyway. Be sure to follow Crystal Ball Run on Twitter @CrystalBallRun. Follow Aaron Torres on Twitter @Aaron_Torres.

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