ESPN 300 wide receiver Eldridge Massington (West Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite), who decommitted from USC on Tuesday, said he has no interest in hearing from the Longhorns now that his recruitment is open again.
“No, I still hold a grudge on Texas a little bit,” Massington said. “I feel like Texas had a shot but they tried to pressure me and stuff. They told me that basically the only way they would offer me is if I commit.”
Massington would seem like a perfect target for the Longhorns, who have been looking for a third receiver to add to their 2013 class ever since Ricky Seals-Jones’ decommitment. But that won’t be the case it appears.
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound receiver had been committed to USC since May 4. He tore his left ACL at a Tennessee camp he attended in July and hoped to graduate early in an effort to arrive in Los Angeles for further rehabilitation.
But he wasn’t going to be able to get to USC in January and needed to get somewhere by then to make sure his rehabilitation was moving along.
“They kind of knew,” Massington said of USC’s coaching staff knowing of his decision to decommit. “They understood everything coming in.
“It’s been frustrating a little bit. I thank God that I am still getting schools interested in me. But it has been frustrated.”
Massington said he started running routes this week and that the next step in his rehabilitation was going to be getting his mind right.
“I really just need to get my mental state back,” he said. “I feel like my knee is secure. I just need to get over it mentally. You can easily tell yourself that you are ready. But there is a lot more to it than that. Your muscles don’t forget the injury. I’m almost there.”
Massington has several schools interested in him, including Alabama, Arizona State, Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tennessee and UCLA. Coaches from UCLA, LSU, Alabama and Arizona State contacted him on Tuesday.
He’s not wasting any time moving forward with his recruitment. Masssington will take his official visit to Alabama over the weekend.
“I just want to see how it is down there,” he said. “You don’t have to say too much about their offense but I just want to see how it is down there, the campus life and get to know the coaches a little better.