Five-star linebacker Mekhail Sherman is one of the most highly-coveted players in the 2020 recruiting class.
247Sports ranks him as the No. 15 player in the entire group.
The Washington, D.C. native is No. 2 among all outside linebackers in the class, and is No. 1 in the District.
Just a few weeks ago, Sherman announced his top seven schools, and also set a timeline for his commitment.
He posted that he was down to Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State, and that he planned to commit next summer.
Things have changed a bit though in the last few weeks.
On Wednesday, Mekhail Sherman announced that he is pushing his commitment back to National Signing Day in 2020.
Via his Twitter account:
That's a pretty significant delay, as it pushes him past even the early signing period next December. Over the last two years, the majority of recruits have utilized that period to lock themselves in with a school.
He explained his thinking to Ohio State site Lettermen Row, citing the significant movement among coaching staffs:
“There are a lot of coaches moving around,” Sherman said Wednesday night. “And I still need to make visits to certain schools.”
Obviously, things can change again for Sherman if he feels strongly enough about one particular school to move things up.
As of today, Ohio State looks like the closest thing to a favorite that Sherman has. All four 247 crystal ball predictions are for the Buckeyes, he visited Ohio State for the impressive win over Michigan, and after he had surgery in October, he said Urban Meyer was the only college coach to call him (though others did text).
Of course, Meyer is stepping down and being replaced by Ryan Day, which in and of itself may be a huge factor in this delay.