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March 11, 2010

HERTZEL COLUMN: Top recruit’s change of heart no big surprise

MORGANTOWN — Having once been married to a woman who could spend an hour and a half in a shoe store trying to decide if she wanted her pumps in red or blue, only to walk out with a pair of pink mary janes, I understand just how difficult it has to be for an 18-year-old kid to decide upon which college he will attend, especially if this kid is among the best football players in the nation and getting sold a bill of goods from every direction.

That is why I normally don’t pay too much attention to all the recruiting hullabaloo until the choice is made, for most of what you read and hear is either planted by someone trying to push the kid in one direction or the other or simply the kid’s feelings on a Monday when you know they will have changed by Thursday.

So it was in January when safety Latwan Anderson used the U.S. Army All-American Bowl as a backdrop to his earth-shattering announcement that he would be attending West Virginia University and playing football for Bill Stewart. I took it not as a signal I should be making my reservations for the 2013 national championship game but, instead, as a signal to go the fridge and pull out another coldie.

Sure enough, Anderson would retract the commitment. Come signing day, he failed to sign, saying he wanted to visit USC, which now was interested.

USC is still waiting for that visit.

Finally, Anderson appears to have made up his mind, SI.com’s Krisitian R. Dyer writing yesterday that Miami had won the Latwan Anderson sweepstakes and that he will sign with that school.

When the letter of intent shows up I’ll believe it, although the quotes certainly sound as if the lad has made up his mind and is going to be heading for Miami.

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