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Monday, October 4, 2010
FIU commit ends up choosing Auburn

By Eamonn Brennan

Florida International coach Isiah Thomas got some very exciting, and then some very disappointing news in the matter of 24 hours. And both pieces of news came from the same recruit.

Cedrick McAfee, the No. 59-ranked player in the class of 2011, told Thomas that he would be coming to FIU after Thomas met McAfee in a face-to-face visit at McAfee's home in Memphis. Then, a day later, McAfee told Thomas he jumped the gun. Instead, he'd re-open his commitment and make his other scheduled recruiting visits to Auburn (this past weekend) and Baylor (later this month).

Now? McAfee appears to have spurned FIU for good, according to Gary Parrish. The guard committed to Auburn coach Tony Barbee this weekend and, barring another quick change of his decision, appears set to attend Auburn.

That has to be doubly disappointing for Thomas, because McAfee would have been the best player he's recruited to FIU since his arrival at the school two years ago. Thomas has been in on a handful of high-profile guys -- he notably went after eventual Cincinnati recruit Lance Stephenson when it became clear the hesitancy of other schools gave FIU a legitimate chance -- but he's failed to land many of them. Like any other coach, Thomas' goal isn't just to compete for recruits. He needs to land them. Having McAfee, only to watch him rescind his commitment and quickly end up elsewhere, has to feel like the ultimate tease.