It’s been a tough weekend for Minnesota Gopher football fans and it didn’t get any better minutes ago when their top commitment for the 2021 recruiting class, (CB) Avante Dickerson, officially decommitted. He will announce his new school of choice on February 3rd, which is also the start of the late National Signing Day period.
I’d like to thank Coach Fleck and the entire University of Minnesota staff for the support throughout this process. However, I’ve had a change of heart and I am de-committing from Minnesota.— AD #28 (@_dickerson1) January 24, 2021
I will be announcing my decision on signing day on Feb. 3rd.
Dickerson didn’t sign with Fleck’s 2021 class when everyone else did a few weeks ago but Gopher fans had hoped his cold feet would warm up as we approached February 3. Unfortunately, that’s not the way everything transpired.
Fleck + Tennessee rumors impact
I don’t know if the Tennessee head coach rumors embroiling PJ Fleck over the last 24 hours have anything to do with Avante Dickerson’s announcement this afternoon, but the coincidental timing cannot be denied. Is it possible that Dickerson is making his decommitment official now because he knows something about PJ’s future at Minnesota that we do not?
It’s possible… but it’s also very possible Dickerson had planned this decommitment tweet with or without the Fleck + Tennessee rumors that are bustling about. Either way, this is a tough one for Gopher fans.
Losing PJ Fleck would be 150x worse.
Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan