While Ole Miss searches for Houston Nutt's replacement, class of 2012 offensive line commitment Jake Meador is considering other options in case the situation in Oxford no longer is his best option.
The 6-7, 305-pound Meador will take unofficial visits to Missouri and Indiana the next two weekends. Indiana had offered prior to the four-star prospect's Ole Miss commitment, but Missouri offered just last week.
"I didn't know if any schools would pursue me after what happened to Ole Miss and being a solid commitment there," Meador said. "But, after everything that happened, that another soon-to-be SEC offer gave me an offer it surprised me when it happened."
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Other schools have also reignited their interest in the wake of Nutt's dismissal and Meador is considering his next steps in the process.
"Louisville has shown some interest," Meador said. "SMU is trying to get [an official visit] with me and I'd like to check that place out. I just have to figure all my visits out and see what is going on."
The interest in Ole Miss has not departed, however, and Meador still considers himself a commitment to the Rebels. He has yet to take his official visit to Oxford, but does plan to use that in the coming months.
"Once they get a new coaching staff, I'll get down there," Meador said. "I don't want to waste an official and not be with the new coaching staff."
Over the course of the last week, Meador has paid close attention to the coaching search at Ole Miss and is encouraged by the way it is proceeding.
"I've looked into it and I'm sure whoever gets the job will be a very good coach, like Coach Nutt was," Meador said.