"We didn't really talk about much," said the Dublin, Ohio, native who comes to Ole Miss from Iowa Western Community College with two seasons left to play. "It was just more of an introduction and getting to know each other. We really didn't talk much about football, just look forward to meeting you, look forward to working with you. Just a quick, five-minute conversation."
Stoudt said Rader leaving was a bit of a surprise.
"Part of me choosing Ole Miss was the relationship I had developed with Coach Rader," said the 6-foot-5, 235-pound signal-caller. "I felt very comfortable with him. He's a really good guy, and a really good coach, I'm sure. He would have been great to play for. And I was really excited for that."
Now that Lee, a former Ole Miss assistant and an assistant under Nutt at Arkansas, has been announced, Stoudt said he is equally excited about the future.
"He's obviously a good coach, and he's been to the highest level," Stoudt said of Lee, who has been an assistant with the Miami Dolphins. "He knows what he's doing. And as excited as I was to play for Coach Rader, I'm just as excited now to play for Coach Lee. Either way I would have been going into a situation where I was playing for someone I'd never played for before. My heart goes out to Coach Rader and I feel real bad for him. But like everybody else, I'm moving on. I'm looking forward to working with Coach Lee."
Stoudt said the Rebels were still the team he would have chosen even had Rader been released before he committed.
"I might have had to think a little bit more about it, but I still would definitely have gone with Mississippi. It's in the SEC and Coach Rader wasn't the only coach on staff that I liked. I like all the coaches I met. I really like Coach Nutt. He seems like a really good guy to be around and a good coach. It was just a good situation for me to come in and have a good opportunity to perform in the spring and try to earn a spot."
Stoudt said he and Lee didn't talk many specifics about football or what type offense the Rebels would run.
"We talked about offense some, but it was very brief. I wanted to make sure we weren't putting in the wishbone or the Wing-T or the Pat White spread option," Stoudt quipped. "He's a coach like any coordinator in that he will have an offense based on his personnel. He'll come in and change some stuff, but he will do what he can do with what he has. I think with our talk that it's an offense I can fit in and that I won't be worried about."
Stoudt obviously knows the field of quarterbacks grew this week with the addition of Barry Brunetti to go along with those already at Ole Miss, Nathan Stanley and Randall Mackey.
"There's great competition," he said. "Mackey and Stanley, of course, are the guys that have been there. Having a new guy come in is kind of a benefit for me, because it will even the field as far as learning the offense. I know that Coach Lee has worked with Coach Nutt before, so I know it isn't going to be that much of a change. It will be nice not to be so far behind. With Brunetti coming in, it will be fun. The competition is good. I'm just going to go in and play and we'll see what happens."
Stoudt said he is definitely a student of the game.
"Like everybody coming into this level of play, I'm going to have to get used to the speed," said the son of former NFL quarterback Cliff Stoudt. "That isn't something you necessarily work on. It's just something you do and get used to. I think my arm is one of my strengths. I really like football, and I like learning about football. I like learning to read defenses and becoming comfortable in that, because that's so much of it. It's not just being an athlete. It's reading defenses and knowing what they're going to do and knowing what you're going to do before the play even happens and being able to adjust while it happens. I feel like as I get older and more mature, I get better at that."