I think it is safe to say Champagnat Catholic ( located in Hialeah, Florida) assistant Jon Drummond will not be planning a vacation to the Palmetto State anytime soon.
In case you missed it, there was a social media feeding frenzy today when news broke Clemson had parted ways with defensive end commitment Issac McDonald because he was taking unofficial visits with Drummond and some of his teammates.
From Kornblut’s recruiting story:
DE Isaac McDonald of Hialeah, FL, who had committed to Clemson in early March, is no longer committed to Clemson. In fact, according to a source, Clemson has ended its recruiting activities with McDonald. This comes after McDonald went on unofficial visits to other schools with one of his assistant coaches and some teammates.
This alone wasn’t really shocking news. Dabo Swinney has made it pretty clear over the past few years that Clemson can and will move on if a committed player starts taking visits to other schools. McDonald isn’t the first player the Tigers have backed away. But the story took off when Drummond, who is handling McDonald’s commitment took to Twitter to take Swinney to task for the way the situation was handled.
Here are some of the tweets on Drummond’s https://twitter.com/#!/Genron187
“man a coach today tried me and one of my kids…..oh hell naw. Stay tuned for something tomorrow. Weak add Clemson”
“In 8 yrs I’ve never steered a kid wrong”
“Clemson gon tell me I shouldn’t have taken a player in visits…man they crazy as hell. A verbal commitment dnt mean u own a kid”
“They cut from the list and consideration….and coach D slams the phone setup like we owe him. S***t they can have that attitude n shove it”
“Clemson with that BS, but I bet they let committed players on their campus all day any day….smh keeping it moving”
Dabo Swinney and Clemson cannot comment on any of this because McDonald’s is an unsigned player.
Anyway, a listener emailed us a link to an ESPN “Outside the Lines” report that indicated Mr. Drummond was fired from a job with a high school 7-on-7 team because of a ‘Code of Ethics” violation.
Here’s a part of that story, written by Joe Schad:
For example, former South Florida Express assistant Jon Drummond told “Outside the Lines” and others that he was the go-between for Express players and college coaches. That was before head coach Brett Goetz said Drummond would not be returning next season, because he violated a “Code of Conduct” Goetz makes all coaches sign. Goetz’s “Code of Conduct” essentially states that his coaches cannot use their relationships with prospects for a profit.
Shortly after we tweeted the link to this story Drummond turned his ire in our direction. Here are a few of the tweets he directed to us @SportsTalkSC
that story was all wrong. Just ask the man himself @sfecoach
believe only 50% of what you read. @CoachDCarroll told me that. Thats u guys fault for taking something n running with it
I did not get fired from anything. You can go ahead and ask the so called person who did it. That ESPN piece was terrible
However, it’s your belief I don’t care. As long as you’ve had an awesome day everything works out fine
I informed Mr. Drummond we were only reporting exactly what he tweeted. And since he said we can only believe 50% of what we read I asked him what half of his tweets should we believe and what half should we not believe.
He didn’t answer.
He did however manage to get in a shot at the entire state of South Carolina:
Well I guess S. Carolina is in uproar. But I’m from Florida. Everything in Florida is better IMHO
Just another boring day on the recruiting trail. Good grief.