Four-star linebacker Yannick Ngakoue of Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate Academy made his commitment to Maryland back in the middle of June. Earlier today he decided that he may have rushed into his decision and wants to open things back up.
"I'm not committed to Maryland anymore," said Ngakoue, who is 6-foot-3, 240-pounds. "My top schools now are Tennessee, West Virginia, Maryland, Miami and South Carolina."
Ngakoue, who made his commitment to Maryland back in June with his good friend Derwin Gray, explained why he re-opened his process.
"I have decided to decommit so I can truly make sure that the school I'm going to will truly be my best decision and comes from my heart," he said. "There is nothing wrong with Maryland. If it is mean to be then I'll be attending there next fall."
With four other schools back in the picture now, Ngakoue shared a few thoughts about each of them.
West Virgnia: "West Virginia was my first offer. I've always had a great relationship with Coach Roberts."
Tennessee: "I have a great relationship with Coach Sal, and I can be used up there with their scheme."
Miami: "Miami has great tradition and they have been recruiting me extremely hard."
South Carolina: "I love that they're on the come up and the conference that they're in."
While he has opened his recruiting process back up and has named a new top five, he has yet to schedule any official or unofficial visits in the coming weeks. When he hits the road again he will have his eyes open for a few specific things.
"My ultimate goal is to be on the field and I'm looking for a situation that I can thrive in," he said. "I want to find a situation that can take me to the next level."
In the meantime, Ngakoue is enjoying a very impressive start to his senior season.
"We're 3-0 so far," he said. "I have ten sacks, 20 tackles and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. I've definitely improved on finishing my sacks."