Ole Miss turned heads when they grabbed one of the Midwest's top offensive line prospects in Indiana offensive tackle Jake Meador over the summer. On Wednesday they added their second prospect in the 2012 class from the Hoosier state.
"I was talking with Coach [Houston] Nutt, Coach Nix and the recruiting coordinator, and told them I wanted to commit tonight," St. John (Ind.) Lake Central linebacker Ike Spearman said.
"I wanted to wait until the end of the season so it was not a distraction, and I felt now was that time. I talked to my coach at school today and he told me he stands behind this decision 100 percent."
The 6-1, 220-pound Spearman made three trips to Ole Miss during the course of his recruitment, with the most recent taking place in late July. He also made visits to other schools that had offered him, but felt the Rebels were the best fit.
"I went to Purdue, IU, Louisville, Cincinnati and Memphis, and I felt that [Ole Miss] might be a place where I might have some early playing ability," Spearman said. "They are on a down slide and I think they are trying to bring in recruits to build up their defense, and I would like to be a part of that. They were the first to show a lot of interest, besides the teams around here, and all that plays a part."
Spearman's next planned visit to Ole Miss will be when the Rebels host LSU on Nov. 19. He plans to take his official visit in the winter.
Spearman's stock has risen dramatically in the last couple months. He reported that he now leads the state of Indiana in tackles as well as tackles for loss and led his team to their first ever conference championship this fall.