Jordan Clarkson: No Longer an Option?

Clarkson's future just got a little less hazy.

It's hard to say.

Jordan Clarkson's family met with the Tulsa athletic department yesterday. After discussions with athletic director Ross Parmley, Clarkson has been granted a release to all but four schools. Unfortunately for Texas fans, it is not clear which schools are on the "YOU SHALL NOT PASS" list.

Clarkson had previously been denied a release to five schools: Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Missouri and Arizona. According to the Clarkson family, that list has been reduced by one. Pragmatically, the school no longer on the list is likely the one that Clarkson wants to transfer to, and the other ones were kept by Tulsa's AD to save face.

For those who were initially bashing on the Danny Manning-Kansas connection, your anger is misplaced. Both local and national media have been placing the blame entirely on the new athletics director. Parmley was recently hired by Tulsa in January. Clarkson's father has also maintained that Manning, also recently hired as Tulsa's coach, had nothing to do with Tulsa's decision.

Also, for those wondering about Devonta Pollard's recruitment, it is still a mystery. The Clarion Ledger reports that Pollard may announce "possibly next week," while Charles Power of BamaOnline told Hookem247 ($) that Pollard is targeting an announcement next Friday. There is no indication which school Pollard is preferring, though Texas remains firmly in the mix with Alabama, Missouri, and Georgetown.

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