The weird world of college football recruiting giveth, and it taketh away. That is the theme of the day for the Ole Miss Rebels. Earlier today, we saw the confusing set of tweets from five-star wide receiver DaMarkus Lodge, who appeared to be committing to the Rebels only to vehemently take back any sentiment that he was going there, in full caps. In the case of four-star defensive line prospect Breeland Speaks, the Rebs were the beneficiaries of another strange recruiting story.
Speaks, a native of Jackson, Mississippi, signed with the Rebels a few months ago despite having an offer from his dream school LSU. Why? Because Les Miles didn't pick up the phone when he called to commit. The Clarion-Ledgergot more on the story from Speaks:
"I was pretty close to going to LSU," Speaks said. "Very close, very, very close. But, one thing led to another, one phone call was missed and now I'm an Ole Miss Rebel."
Speaks has never been shy about LSU being his dream school, though an offer from the Tigers didn't come until January, nearly three months after he had committed to the Rebels. After a Jan. 17 visit to Baton Rouge, Speaks weighed his two strongest scholarship offers with his parents and placed a call to Les Miles and his coaching staff that was never answered.
"One phone call," Speaks reiterated. "That's all it takes."
Les Miles doesn't seem like one who is constantly on his phone, so this could be called a rash decision, especially if Speaks really believed LSU was the school for him, but we all make decisions for our own reasons, I guess.