Tisdale said not only early playing opportunity but also playing close to his hometown of Lexington, Tenn., was a priority in his assessment of his future. Tisdale wants his family and friends to be able to be a part of his college football career.
“Ole Miss is closer to home than my other offers,” he said. “I’ll be a lot closer to my mom and my brothers and sisters. I can’t leave my momma behind.”
Those other offers were from his homestate university, Tennessee, and another Magnolia State school, Mississippi State. But it was Ole Miss, along with head coach Hugh Freeze and staff, that Tisdale chose.
The Rebel coaches have talked to him about playing another position besides defensive end.
“They’ve talked to me about playing linebacker,” he said. “I just want to do what’s best for the team.”
Maurice Harris of the Ole Miss staff was Tisdale’s main recruiter.
“Coach Freeze, I really like a lot, and Coach Harris has been recruiting me hard from day one,” he said. “That meant a lot to me. And Ole Miss was my first offer.”
Tisdale is looking forward to this summer and the upcoming school year as he strives to improve his skills.
“I just want to become a better player all around,” said Tisdale, who has played on the LHS varsity squad since the ninth grade. “I want to lead my team and get ready for the next level.”
Tisdale was at Ole Miss back in April.
“The last time I was down there was for the spring game,” he said. This weekend he was at a camp at Austin Peay State University and said he will do a few more camps.
“I’ll go to Ole Miss on July 18,” he said. “And Tennessee, Memphis, and Kentucky, places like that.”
He will also make a game at Ole Miss this fall when his high school schedule allows.
The Rebels are likely to have one of the best defenses in the nation again this season. Tisdale is highly aware of that.
“I know how good Ole Miss can be,” he said.
For now, he’s focused on his final season at Lexington High School and winning games there. Now he can put his attention just on that with his college decision already made.
“I don’t want to worry about where I’m going to play football after next season,” he said. “I’ve made my decision and that feels good. I’m very excited.”