Three-star Connor Blumrick, who received an offer from Ole Miss last week, announced over the weekend that he plans to stay in Texas and play for A&M, becoming the third 2017 signal caller since early April to turn down the Rebels. While 2016 five-star Shea Patterson is the future of the position (which might be one reason we're seeing other top prospects shy away), he and former three-star Jason Pellerin are currently the only quarterbacks scheduled to be on the roster after Chad Kelly graduates.
So Hugh Freeze, searching for depth, extended an offer to three-star LSU commit Myles Brennan from St. Stanislaus High in Bay St. Louis, Miss.
Yes, that St. Stanislaus.
The St. Stanislaus whose whose coach made a fool of himself by calling out Ole Miss on Twitter for not offering scholarships to any of his players. Here's what the coach, Bill Conides, told the Sun Herald in late March:
No one (with Ole Miss) has ever said 'we're not going to offer Chase (Rogers) or we're not going to offer Myles (Brennan) because of X, Y, Z.' I've got that from people like Mississippi State. They told me flat-out exactly what they were looking for and that was it. With Ole Miss, it was kind of, we'll wait and see.
Well, unfortunately for Ole Miss, folks in the SEC know what our young men can do and have offered. It's going to be sweet revenge on some Saturdays.
Well whataya know, Coach Conides, the Rebels waited and saw. This is why you don't start burning down bridges 10 months before National Signing Day. The recruiting landscape shifts and guys end up getting offers. Our own Ghost of Jay Cutler said as much in his response to Conides back in March:
You know who else hasn't received an offer from Ole Miss? Probably a few guys who will end up signing with the Rebels on National Signing Day 2017. They, like a lot of prospects, will get offers over the summer while they attend football camps, or during their senior seasons as they prove their mettle on the gridiron. Schools have about ten months left to get their signing classes in order, so players still have time to earn the offers they feel they deserve.
Can the Rebels actually land Brennan?
It's tough to say how his coach's public spat with Ole Miss will affect Brennan's decision, but it seems to be water under the bridge after Rebel coordinator Dave Wommack apologized.
"It was nice, just having him realize what happened and what they did and obviously what we had done," Brennan told the Sun Herald. "It was nice they took the initiative to apologize and not just blow it off.
"You just never know what's going to happen in this process and the good thing is I have all the way until February 2. It's not like I have to make this decision tomorrow. It's always an honor to receive another offer and obviously in-state, there's a little more excitement to it."
Also working in Freeze's favor is the fact that LSU just added another QB commit to it's 2017 class, though Brennan claims that hasn't changed his mind.
Right now I'm committed to LSU. I understand they have obviously taken a few quarterbacks It's definitely going to be a conversation at the table with my mom and dad. If things change, great, then I have this offer. But I'm not just going to decommit and go to Ole Miss because LSU has another quarterback and Ole Miss just offered.
After the offer from the Rebels, his Crystal Ball has all of sudden shifted to 60 percent in Ole Miss' favor.
Is this dude any good?
The 6'3, 180-pounder also holds offers from Cal, Kentucky, Memphis, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Brennan is the No. 16-rated pro-style quarterback in the 2017 class and the No. 7 prospect in Mississippi.
Brennan's junior year was practically a video game. He tossed the rock for 5,248 yards and 53 touchdowns while scooting for 497 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns. He reminds me a bit of Jared Goff with his lean build and big arm. His deep ball was instrumental in the Rock-A-Chaw's run to the 4A title game, as was his ability to drive the football into small windows. In St. Stanislaus' spread attack, he is very savvy and can manipulate coverage to throw his receivers open. He's not going to break away for an 80-yard run with his 4.9 speed, but he can definitely escape pressure and keep the play alive.