Jordan Ta'amu is a relitvely new name for the Ole Miss faithful. Things started heating up between the two parties towards the end of the season.
"Coach (Dan) Werner got in touch with me and my coaches in early November," Ta'amu said. "He wanted to come watch me throw."
The former Ole Miss quarterback coach flew over to New Mexico the next day to watch him do just that.
"Coach Werner said after my first couple of throws I was one of the top quarterbacks he has watched. He talked to me about Shea Patterson. We talked about their depth chart, and he left after telling me he had to talk things over with Coach (Hugh) Freeze. A couple days later he called me and said I had a scholarship offer. I set up my official visit after getting my offer and came down there last weekend with my family. I felt like as soon as I stepped on their campus, I was home, and it was a family. Ole Miss is just such a unique place. I didn't want to go home."
Ta'amu caught the eyes of several other colleges after his sophomore season. He completed 198-of-334 passes for 3,104 yards, 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season. Jordan was also his team's leading rusher with 328 yards. He was named the Conference's Offensive Player of the Year.
Southern Miss offered. Minnesota set him as priority No. 1 for their quarterback slot, as did New Mexico, but it was Ole Miss who came out on top despite not having their quarterback coach and offensive coordinator in place.
"I had a lot of schools come on me hard at the end. It was difficult at first because coach Werner was no longer there at Ole Miss. We had built a bond, but after talking to coach Freeze I knew everything was going to be ok. They are going to run a similar system that they ran under coach Werner. I can't wait to come in and compete at Ole Miss for the starting job. I know a lot of people have high expectations for Shea Patterson, but I'm coming in there to make him better and everyone else better. I'm going in there to try and win the starting job just like he is. I also feel like the SEC is the best conference in college football. I feel like I can play at the best level."
Ta'amu's parents made the trip over to Oxford as well to insure his some was was making the best decision.
"They flew in from Pearl City (Hawaii) for my visit. They loved it in Oxford. Ole Miss is a lot like Hawaii. The people are friendly and make you feel like family. My parents are very proud of my decision. My mom was crying when I committed. The people back home have been praying for my decision and for me to chose the right school. They are very happy."
Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org