Schaeffer picks Ole Miss!
It is no secret the Rebel coaching staff was looking for instant relief at the quarterback slot.
It has also been no secret - for months - that their number one target to provide that relief was one Brent Schaeffer, the sophomore signal-caller from The College of Sequoias in Visalia, CA.
This afternoon, in a press conference at COS, the 5 Star prospect made the dreams and wishes of many Rebels come true with his announcement for Ole Miss.
Schaeffer had narrowed his final choice down to Ole Miss, North Carolina State and Wisconsin and, according to COS Coach Andy Siegal, it was a "dogfight" between the three the whole way.
"All three schools did such a great job of recruiting Brent. It's a shame two of them had to lose out," Siegal noted.
Schaeffer remained "close to the vest" and out of the spotlight - as much as possible - through the entire process, preferring to let Siegal do most of the talking on his behalf.
"He had been through this (recruiting) before and didn't want to get all caught up in the hoopla and dealing with the media," Siegal said.
Schaeffer signed with Tennessee and started as a true freshman there in 2004 prior to getting injured. He left UT and went to COS where he essentially tore the California JUCO league up.
Brent, listed at 6-3, 190 with "sub 4.5 40 speed," was the California JUCO Offensive Player of the Year after passing for 2,970 yards and 42 touchdowns. He also rushed for 860 yards and 10 TDs.
It didn't take a rocket scientist to figure out which direction Ole Miss Coach Ed Orgeron would go when he made the decision he needed JUCO help at the quarterback slot. Go West, young man, go West!
Brent also had other schools pursuing him, however, and had many offers to sift through before narrowing his decision down to three finalists.
In rare interviews, Schaeffer expressed a desire to get back in the SEC. After Florida and Auburn - who also expressed interest in Schaeffer - left the picture or were eliminated by Brent, Ole Miss was the only SEC school left pursuing him.
At that point, spirits started getting higher in terms of Schaeffer actually being a Rebel, when early on it seemed to be more of a pipe dream.
Siegal said, though, that shortly after that, Brent started caring less about playing the SEC and more about going to a school that fit him. Meanwhile, the Rebs were in limbo and without an offensive coordinator. To his credit, Schaeffer was patient in the process and gave the Rebels time to fill the slot.
During that time frame, however, NC State and Wisconsin started pushing harder and made up ground in Brent's recruitment.
Orgeron eventually hired pro-style OC Dan Werner from Miami, a coach Schaeffer was very familiar with and one whose system fit his plans for the future.
After taking his official visit to Ole Miss, and reportedly having "a great time," Schaeffer and Siegal sat down and put a deadline on his decision.
Last night, at Siegal's home, Brent made his final choice - Ole Miss.
We are going to let Brent soak in the moment and give Siegal a break, but in a couple of days we are going to try to arrange a more in-depth talk with Brent.
In the meantime, congats to Coach O and his staff. Hitting you number one target is always a huge accomplishment in recruiting.
Consider that done with the announcement of Brent Schaeffer.
Here's your chance to catch the five-star prospect in action, in this exclusive video from Sunshine Preps!
Brent Schaeffer Video
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