The JC offensive lineman, Donovan Edwards, from Diablo Valley (Calif.) College, who verbally committed to UCLA a month ago, now de-commits and immediately changes his pledge to the California Bears...
Dohn gives us a hint behind the reason for this development:
From what I'm hearing from a source, Donovan Edwards did not provide UCLA with his summer class grades to be presented to the admission's committee before changing his commitment to Cal.
Pretty interesting considering just last week (July 24th) we heard this update on Edwards:
One thing I'm hearing is junior college offensive lineman Donovan Edwards is progressing well and is expected to get the neccessary grades at Diablo Valley Community College so he can enroll at UCLA and take part in training camp, which begins Aug. 5.
Well ... so much for that.
I don't see any reason for over reacting over this news at this point. We have been talking about for weeks about how our OL has been a mess. I think it speaks volume about the talent level at our OL as we find ourselves in a situation in which the decommit of a JUCO transfer seems like a big deal.
Given this development one has to wonder whether the coaches saw this coming when they decided to shift Chandler from TE to RT. Also note the fact that Ekbatani has been playing RT during 7-on-7 drills. Methinks perhaps the coaches were already on this and had prepared for contingency plans.
Anyway we are glad for not assuming that Edwards was a sure shot and not including him in the depth chart projection. The coaches already had a difficult proposition ahead of them with the current patchwork OL. This will make their job a little more challenging, but it's not the end of the world. We are looking for them to establish a foundation for the long term, not to provide us with instant miracles in one season. So not worth it to get all worked up over this. Good luck to Mr. Edwards and hope he finds success as a football player up in Berkeley.