When it comes to the world of college recruiting in the power conferences, the road to the next level can be a bumpy one, both for the schools and the student-athletes. Players commit verbally to one school, only to flip and verbally commit to another, and then officially sign with yet another. Both sides seem to accept that this is part of the bargain for better or worse, and move on.
But consider the story of Affton Wide Receiver/Tight End Westerband Lindor, West for short. He gave Syracuse University a verbal commitment last summer. Then two things happened. The school, as is often the case, changed offensive coordinators and recruited another tight end. What gets weird afterward is Lindor claims there was nothing but radio silence from the Syracuse coaching staff. Lindor pulled his verbal pledge and reopened his recruitment.
Wednesday, Lindor, who came to the U.S. with his family from Haiti at the age of 3, signed with Brown.
“I want to attend Brown University because of their level of academics and their division 1 football program,” Lindor told STLPreps via text Tuesday night. “Graduating from brown gives you a prestigious degree and an NFL career is also a choice.” He declined to comment on what happened at Syracuse.
Lindor said it first dawned on him that he could play at the college level when he realized he was naturally taller and bigger than his freshman teammates. He said Missouri Defensive End Markus Golden, an Affton graduate set to be an NFL draft pick this spring, was also a motivator when it came to pushing himself and using football as a way to improve his future.