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Advocate staff photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- John Ehret's Michael Divinty closes in on Live Oak's Will Higginbotham during a Class 5A playoff game Nov. 20.

If you’re an LSU or Tulane football fan, take a look at your school’s commitment list this morning.

Chances are, that list will be changing between now and the time national signing day rolls around the first Wednesday in February.

As the adults in charge at these schools change their minds about who is going to coach their teams, don’t be surprised if the kids change their minds too.

It’s part of the territory with coaching changes.

Kids commit to schools, but they are oftentimes just as committed to the coach who sat in their living rooms making sales pitches over the past few months.

Tulane fired Curtis Johnson on Saturday, but after some uncertainty the last couple of weeks, LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva announced that Miles will be returning next season.

As the coaching carousel spins, so does the recruiting carousel.

On Friday night, there were 35 guys (18 for LSU, 17 for Tulane) who had made verbal commitments to the Tigers and Green Wave.

That number dropped to 34 on Saturday when McDonogh 35 safety Clifford Chattman de-committed from LSU. Chatman was the third LSU recruit to change his mind in the past week.

With LSU announcing Miles is returning, that might halt any more decommitments..

John Ehret’s Michael Divinity, one of the nation’s top linebackers who committed to LSU in October, is keeping a close eye on things.

He was planning to call LSU recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson on Saturday night after the Tigers’ game against Texas A&M.

“I just want to talk to Coach Frank about everything and how everything is going to shake out,” Divinity said. “I’ve heard the rumors about the changes and them buying out the (contracts of the) whole coaching staff. It has me cautious about the whole situation. It has me thinking hard about it.”

Divinity committed to LSU just last month, choosing the Tigers over Texas A&M and Florida State.

Trust me, Texas A&M, Florida State and other schools all across the country won’t stop trying to lure Divinity or the other 16 guys remaining on LSU’s commitment list.

Da’Monte Coxie, a wide receiver from East St. John, is taking a wait-and-see approach about things.

“I am not worried about it too much right now,” said Coxie, who attended Saturday’s game against Texas A&M. “If they change coaches, I’ll sit down with my grandfather and talk about things.”

Coxie and Divinity said they want Miles to return.

“I just like the way he goes about things,” Coxie said. “He really loves LSU, and he loves his players. That’s what you look for.”

The 17 Tulane commitments surely felt the same way about Johnson, who had done an admirable job landing some of the better recruits from the New Orleans area.

Tulane will need to make a hire who can keep that trend going.

Now that LSU decided Miles is returning, the Tigers staff will need to make sure that one of the nation’s best recruiting classes stays intact.

“I have to think about my future and what’s best for me,” Divinity said.

With signing day fast approaching, there are some big decisions ahead.

For the adults.

And the kids.