After creating some confusion on National Signing Day, as he faxed scholarship papers to both Utah and Ole Miss (along with a junior college), the Dacorius "D.J." Law saga is over — at least from the Rebels’ end.
Ole Miss released the three-star prospect from Haines City (Fla.) from his Letter of Intent on Thursday, with coach Hugh Freeze issuing a statement.
"After talking with D.J. and his family, we are releasing him from his NLI and wish him the best," Freeze said. "We have put this matter behind us and plan to make best use of that scholarship."
"He signed it, then I signed it right after him and we sent it to Ole Miss in the morning time," Purnell said. "That afternoon, D.J. signed another one … to Utah, then his father signed it and it was sent to Utah."
By mid-Wednesday, both teams had sent out tweets showing them as part of their recruiting classes.
The Clarion Ledger reported that Ole Miss announced Law’s signing at 8:23 a.m. CT, while Utah declared him signed at 3:36 p.m. But a Utah spokesperson told the paper that she had received Law’s letter earlier in the day.
At Law’s announcement, he was seen putting down an Ole Miss hat, then setting down a Utes hat, only to pick it back up. He was videotaped wearing the Utah hat by Bay News 9 and has it on while signing his Letter of Intent.
Law lives with this mother and maternal grandparents, and Purnell said she had no idea that he would be signing a second letter.
"Yes, I spoke with his father before he signed the papers to Ole Miss, and I thought everyone was agreed on Ole Miss," Purnell told 247Sports.com. "D.J. is just a kid, and he is confused right now."
Purnell also signed with East Mississippi Community College on Wednesday, but that move was done as a failsafe in case he can’t meet NCAA academic standards. With the possibility of him ending up playing at the junior college, Utah could follow Ole Miss’ lead in releasing him of his scholarship.