'18 FL WR - Jermaine Eskridge

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  1. OSUBasketballJunkie

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    Remember Jermaine Eskridge, the four-star athlete from Tampa who once said he was going to make his college announcement while visiting Ohio State for the annual Spring Game?

    Well, it appeared for a few hours on Wednesday afternoon his curious recruitment had finally come to an end when he announced his commitment to Florida.

    Reports surfaced shortly thereafter that the Gators had not accepted any commitments yesterday, adding yet another chapter to an already wild story.

    To recap, Eskridge — a one-time Kentucky commit — included Ohio State in his Top 3 alongside Alabama and Miami last summer, but then added Florida and Oregon back into the mix the following day at his mother's insistence. He was scheduled to take an unofficial visit to Columbus one week later, but called off the trip at the last minute and instead pledged his services to South Florida out of the blue.

    A month went by before Eskridge reopened his recruitment, claiming he made an emotional decision based on the fact that several other local recruits pledged their services to the Bulls that week. He then played his entire junior season without making a single comment with regard to his recruitment before narrowing his — reported — list of 50 offers to Ohio State, Oregon and Penn State in April.

    Eskridge then attended the Buckeyes' Spring Game on the same day he planned to make his college decision. He was never a "take" for Ohio State, so Columbus would have made a rather interesting backdrop for a commitment to another school.

    The day passed without any news, as expected, and Eskridge seemingly disappeared again. Until Wednesday, that is, when he announced he was committing to a school without having ever talked to its new staff.

    Sadly, I anticipate this isn't the last time we hear from him.

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