Three-star linebacker Ike Spearman of St. John (Ind.) Lake Central committed to Ole Miss in October and maintained that commitment through the Rebels' coaching transition. On Monday, however, Spearman decided it was time to go in a different direction.
The 6-1, 222-pound Spearman called the Ole Miss coaching staff Monday afternoon and informed them that he would be decommitting, according to his father.
"He said he wants to make sure that the coaching staff knows that he appreciates everything," Derek Spearman said, "but he feels his best opportunity might come from a different school."
Spearman had entertained interest from other programs in the wake of Houston Nutt's dismissal at Ole Miss. He took an unofficial visit to West Virginia in November, and the Mountaineers are among the schools Spearman will focus on in the coming weeks.
Other schools expected to be considered by Spearman before National Signing Day include Hawaii, SMU, Washington State, Eastern Michigan and Buffalo.
Spearman is coming off a senior season in which he earned first team all-state honors. He is ranked as the No. 54 outside linebacker nationally and the No. 9 overall prospect in the state of Indiana for the 2012 class.