After almost 48 hours of verbal sparring (and childish name-calling) with Dan Dakich we still do not have anything official on the possible commitment of Caleb Swanigan. At this point, we cannot consider anything official unless it comes from any of the following:
- Caleb Swanigan himself
- Chris Forman (Purdue's basketball SID)
- Gold and Black Illustrated (They are the competition, but they are very, very good).
Outside of those three, I would not consider it official, and even then I want to see a signed LOI in the basketball offices. In the meantime, here is what we're hearing from non-Dakich sources:
Jerry Meyer - 247 Sports
Meyer basically has a rundown of yesterday with Dakich without mentioning us here at H&R. Here is the newest info:
All the schools that were recruiting Swanigan, including Michigan State and Purdue, California, Arizona, Duke and Kentucky are still in play.
247Sports would not be surprised for a commitment announcement to occur this coming week from the 6-9, 265-pound post player from Fort Wayne (Ind.) Homestead High School.
California Golden Blogs
The Cal fans have been very gracious throughout this whole saga, and they have their own rundown of everything and how it pertains to Cal:
There's a reason Cal is not out of the mix at all in this race. Martin and Barnes are close and Rabb and Swanigan are close. It sounds like relationships are what matter the most in selling Swanigan on a particular school. Purdue is close and can afford playing time, so it might be the easier sell. But Cuonzo can sell a super team that would almost certainly have the number one recruiting class behind Rabb, Jaylen Brown, Tyson Jolly andDavon Dillard, and would have a real chance to compete for a national championship.
Kyle Neddenriep - Indianapolis Star
The Indy Star writer says that his decommitment is not a surprise:
Surprising? Maybe, maybe not. The 6-9 Swanigan never signed a letter of intent, leaving the door open for this scenario. I spoke briefly with Swanigan's guardian, Roosevelt Barnes, on Thursday afternoon. When told of the report of the decommitment, Barnes asked where it originated and said he'd look into it. He didn't respond to further messages or calls.
This makes it sound like it may not be a decommitment at all. The Swanigan camp is being very, very quiet about things. The last public word from Caleb himself is a Tweet on Wednesday:
Nooo shaq— Big Sauce (@Biggs_Swanigan) May 7, 2015
Deep, I know.
Jeff Goodman - ESPN
The ESPN writer is the one that broke the story, and he thinks it is back to being a three-way race:
Swanigan was also heavily considering Cal, but sources told ESPN thatPurdue could be his final destination. His mentor and guardian, Roosevelt Barnes, is a former star linebacker with the Boilermakers and also played in the NFL.
We know nothing. There is no concrete knowledge of anything and the Swanigan camp has been conspicuously silent. Until we see something from any of the big three above, don't believe it.