Decommitments aren’t an uncommon thing in the recruiting world, and Mel Tucker got his first taste of it since arriving at Michigan State earlier this year.
Three-star safety Gabe Nealy decided to decommit from Michigan State less than two months after giving his verbal pledge to the Spartans. He is the first player in the 2021 cycle to withdraw his commitment from the Spartans. Nealy made the announcement with a post on Twittr.
“I would like to thank Coach Tucker and the MSU coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to live out my dream of playing Division I football, but at this time I will be decommitting from Michigan State University,” Nealy wrote. “No love lost. No interviews. Thank you.”
I would like to Thank Coach Tucker and the MSU coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to live out my dream of playing Division I football, but at this time I will be de-committing from Michigan State University. NO LOVE LOST.
NO Interviews. Thank you.
— Gabe “Spida” Nealy🕷 (@GabeNealy1) May 26, 2020
Nealy had not taken a visit to Michigan State’s campus due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but opted to commit anyway. The Miami, Florida native has 22 total offers on the table, and it was unclear whether or not he’ll still consider committing to Michigan State at a later time.
According to 247Sports, Nealy ranks as the No. 75 safety in the 2021 recruiting cycle. He has received interest from multiple Power Five programs, including Miami, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, Kentucky, Louisville, Pitt, Nebraska and Rutgers.
With Nealy’s decommitment, Michigan State is now down to 10 pledges in the 2021 class, which ranks 39th nationally and ninth in the B1G.