Farmington (Mich.) three-star safety Isaiah Gourdine committed to Cincinnati when Butch Jones was the head coach. With Jones having moved on from Cincinnati and Tommy Tuberville now the head coach of the Bearcats, Gourdine has decided to open his recruitment back up.
"It was mostly the coaching change and I haven't heard from the coaching staff," Gourdine said. "I know they are busy, but it would have been nice to hear from them.
"I really did like Cincinnati, but I haven't heard anything from them so I [decided to] decommit and open up my options so I didn't get left behind. If Coach Tuberville looked at my highlight tape, didn't like it and brought in some other safety from Texas Tech or offered another kid, I'd get left behind. So I decided to open up my recruiting process.
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Although he has decommitted from Cincinnati, Gourdine has not closed the door on the Bearcats. He still is open to talking with the new staff.
"I would definitely give them a look," Gourdine said. "If [Tuberville] called me and said, 'I like you Isaiah,' I would definitely consider going there."
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Gourdine had offers from Indiana, Iowa, Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green and San Diego State before his commitment to Cincinnati. Most schools ceased contact after he committed, but Bowling Green assistant coach John Hunter continued to recruit Gourdine.
"They were my first offer and since day one they have been showing me the most love," Gourdine said. "I went to Cincinnati because I felt I had a better opportunity to get more exposure, but with Bowling Green I know more people there and they treat me well there."
Gourdine plans to discuss an official visit with Bowling Green in the near future. He also will look at reconnecting with schools that recruited him earlier.