11 days ago, composite 3-star DB Ugo Amadi pledged to LSU. Last night, he decommitted, flipping to Oregon.
I have officially committed to The University of Oregon‼️ I want to thank @RileyElite3 and his associates with this recruiting process.
— U.Amadi (@UAmadi7_) January 9, 2015
The news of Amadi's flip isn't altogether surprising, though he swore in multiple interviews that John Chavis' decision to leave LSU would not affect his commitment. Amadi first promised his good friend, fellow Nashville athlete Kyle Phillips, would follow him to LSU. Phillips chose Tennessee at the Army All-American Bowl last weekend, primarily due to the lack of certainty about LSU's defensive coordinator vacancy. Many expected Amadi to follow suit, and Crystal Ball picks for Tennessee and Texas A&M trickled in.
That he chose Oregon is the real surprise here. As of two days ago, Amadi was set to be an early enrollee at LSU. So goes the fickle nature of the recruiting process.
One bit of promising news to go along with this could be the following:
If you think Ugo Amadi's decision is a shocker, I'm told Oregon isn't done working on SEC commits in Tennessee.
— Woody Wommack (@RivalsWoody) January 9, 2015
According to 247 Sports, Kyle Phillips has already enrolled at Tennessee, but there remains four-star commitments to Ole Miss, Alabama, Georgia, and Vanderbilt. Putting a dent in those teams serves a benefit to LSU.
For LSU, this isn't a tremendous loss. Amadi is a nice player, but not one you break your backs over. The real draw in recruiting seemed to be his relationship with Kyle Phillips, and the hope to lure the two together. Once Chavis left, the door closed on Phillips and the prospect of keeping Amadi looked less meaningful.
LSU is currently ranked 13th in the 247 Composite Team Rankings, and will likely fall a couple more places once the rankings are updated.