LSU commit plans to return to Oxford

National 300 member and LSU OL commit Saahdiq Charles returned from his trip to Ole Miss with a lot on his mind. Sunday's news that the Tigers had fired Les Miles made things even more confusing.

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"That was my first (Ole Miss) game to attend," Charles said. "I can't wait to go back. It was better than I was expecting to be. I was kind of reserved about Ole Miss before that trip, but I left really impressed. The whole staff just showed me a lot of love. I've built a good relationship with their coaches. We talk a few times a week. I just liked the environment up there. They live the way I like to live. They are big believers in Christ. Their campus is beautiful. The Grove is awesome. Their fans make you feel welcomed. It was just totally different than I was expecting."

Ole Miss has made the Scout 300 member a priority.

"They really wanted me to camp up there this summer before they offered me, but they went ahead and offered me anyway. We have been talking a lot and building relationships. I talk to coaches (Matt) Luke, Freeze, and Nix pretty much a few times a week. They are really easy to talk to. They always let me know how important I am for their class."

Saahdiq is the starting left tackle for MRA but the Rebels plan on using him as a pulling guard.

"They play an up tempo offense. They think I'm pretty athletic and can move well. They want to put me at guard and pull a lot. I watched how they used their guards against Georgia. They play well. They are really athletic. I think I would fit in well in their scheme."

What stood out the most about Ole Miss during the trip?

"Well, that was the second trip I have been up there with my mother. I just got to see what it is like on game day up there. I just have a good relationship with their coaches, and their players have a great relationship with those guys. The hospitality they showed me and my mother was really nice. They just make you feel a part of their family."

Within 24 hours of his Ole Miss trip Charles learned that LSU had fired Les Miles.

"Man, I'm just trying to digest the whole thing. Without looking at the commitment part; I grew up a LSU fan. I grew up in New Orleans before moving to Jackson in middle school. Coach Les Miles is the only coach I've every known since I followed LSU. He's not going to be around anymore. It's really sad losing him. I don't know what's going to happen next."

Coach Ed Orgeron was named the interim coach. He phoned his 4-Star commitment Sunday night.

"I just spoke to coaches Orgeron and (Jeff) Grimes. We talked about their whole situation. Everybody is sad, but like they told me, they can only go up from here. They said when our class gets there it will be different. They said LSU football will return to where it's always been when we get there. I feel pretty comfortable with the situation unless coach Grimes or Orgeron aren't coming back next year. That could change my view if they didn't come back, but I'm good right now."

Who else has been staying in contact?

"Florida just offered me. I'm planning to go down there and catch a game of theirs. I talk to LSU and Ole Miss all the time. I talk to MSU and Tennessee a good bit too."

Where all has Saahdiq visited this fall and where does he go next?

"I went to see Ole Miss play Georgia. I went to see MSU play South Alabama. That wasn't too good. I haven't been to LSU yet, but I plan on going there this weekend. I plan on going to a game at Tennessee and Florida, and I'll definitely be back at Ole Miss for a game."

Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at


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