Photo by Jerry Jackson
Riverdale senior Troy Wyche is all smiles after signing his college scholarship offer to Savannah State to play football.
RIVERDALE — Throughout his senior season, Riverdale’s Troy Wyche had his sights set high. The 6-foot, 210 pound linebacker spearheaded a defense that saw the Raiders make the playoffs for the first time since 2005, while making second team all state in the process. Off the field he was assured of playing major college football as he held several offers from Football Bowl Series schools.
However, while being prudent is a positive for making most decisions in life, it can be a detriment in the world of recruiting. Wyche did not commit to any of his suitors and was ultimately left out in the cold, as the offers were accepted by other players. That is why on signing day Wyche signed a letter of intent to attend Savannah State, making him one of two Riverdale players to sign on the first day in which high school players can make their college choices official.
Left looking for a Plan B, Wyche made the decision to pledge to Savannah State on Saturday.
“Towards the end this was really my only option,” Wyche said. “It was kind of out of the blue. My first time talking to them was last week.”
Wyche, a two-star prospect and 151st ranked outside linebacker in the nation according
Scout.com, claimed committable offers from schools such as Indiana, Memphis, and Southern Mississippi.
“I wanted to wait to go on a visit before I committed, but before I could go on a visit
other people committed,” Wyche said.
What Wyche experienced was the less talked about evil twin of prospects flipping their
commitments. Schools pressure a number of prospects to commit to them early, if they do not, chances are their window to commit could be gone. Riverdale head coach Olten Downs answer to the problem, commit even if you are not sure.
“They’re offering multiple players at positions,” Downs said. “When you got a couple of offers you have to go ahead and commit somewhere and if something better comes along [then] you can go that route.”
Unlike Wyche’s recruitment, Raider lineman Jordan Sidney’s college choice had its eyes on him for quite some time. Sidney signed to attend Tennessee State.