It ofttimes amazes — and somewhat frightens — me how the mind of a teenager works.
Case in point: Breeland Speaks. The four-star defensive tackle, rated as the No. 12 strongside defensive end in the country in the Class of 2014, was down to LSU and Ole Miss as his finalists by January. By National Signing Day in early February, Speaks had opted to play his college football in Oxford for Hugh Freeze and the Rebels.
One of the deciding factors that pushed him to Ole Miss and away from LSU? Allow the player to explain, via the Jackson Clarion-Ledger:
“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.”
If you’re a college football coach, you just gotta love the vagaries of the recruiting trail… and a teenager’s thought process.
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