After his commitment, things started to change in midseason for Del Rio.
On an almost weekly basis, the OSU quarterback carousel would spit out a new starting quarterback. One guy would go down, another would step up. And they all played well.
“That had an effect on (my decision making),” Del Rio said. “Wes (Lunt) and J.W. (Walsh) are both really good players, obviously a little different styles. And then Clint Chelf came in and played really well, as well. I don't know if they're all going to stay, but I'm not going to base my decision on that. I'm going to base it on who is there right now.”
Upon commitment, Del Rio figured he'd have to compete with an incumbent upon arrival in Stillwater. But he never thought there would be three, all with starting experience and a legitimate claim for the top spot.
Add in Arizona transfer Daxx Garman and do the math. There are a limited number of reps and practice opportunities for the quarterbacks, and Del Rio wouldn't be getting many. At least not during his first couple seasons.
As a coach's son (his father Jack is the defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos), Del Rio intelligently takes those things into account.
So Del Rio reopened his recruitment last month, considering himself a soft verbal to OSU. The news of Monken's departure put him back on the open market.