After committing to Mississippi State on Saturday, it took less than two days for 4-star guard Jaykwon Walton to reverse his decision and re-open his recruitment. Head coach Ben Howland is still searching for his first commitment of the 2019 class.
Walton, 6’6”, 196 lbs. shooting guard from Carver, Alabama, is ranked by 247Sports as the nation’s seventh best player in his position.
Evan Daniels of 247Sports and Fox Sports first broke the news, then Mississippi State insider Paul Jones confirmed it on his Twitter.
Four-star guard Jaykwon Walton backed off his pledge to Mississippi State today, per sources. Walton, No. 59 in the @247Sports Composite, had committed to the Bulldogs on Saturday.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) August 13, 2018
Now brings the question as to why someone would de-commit after two days. In a Facebook post by his mother, she admits that the “decision” for Walton to commit to play for the Bulldogs wasn’t really his, it was his mother’s. She emphasized how State showed they were committed to him, but Walton still didn’t find it a perfect fit for him.
Apparently Jaykwon Walton is opening up his recruitment after committing to Mississippi St over the weekend pic.twitter.com/Cx87dwEetA— CourtCred (@courtcred) August 13, 2018
Walton, who has offers from Georgia, Florida, Memphis and other schools, is reportedly leaning toward Georgia.
Welcome to the wild world of college basketball recruiting.