April 7, 2011

Indiana linebacker checks out SEC suitor

Ike Spearman was thrilled, albeit somewhat shocked, when his first scholarship offer came from a Southeastern Conference school.

Spearman was intrigued as well, enough so to board a flight last weekend at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to make the trip south.

The St. John (Lake Central), Ind., outside linebacker checked out Ole Miss' junior day this past Saturday, and the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder returned to his home in the Midwest more than a little impressed.

"It went very well," Spearman said. "It was my first time to Mississippi. They have really nice facilities. The campus is compact and easy to get around."

Ole Miss injected itself into the race for Spearman's services last month, shortly after Spearman's dad sent out a highlight tape to schools all over the country.

"They contacted us," Spearman said. "I was ecstatic. Usually, players around here get offers from the Big Ten or the MAC or something. I was definitely proud of that."

Spearman said Ole Miss coaches told him during his visit to Oxford that they think he's a perfect fit as an outside linebacker.

"They also talked about how a lot of their alumni (former players) come back and make it home," Spearman said.

Spearman said he's in no hurry to make a decision, adding that he wants to take a look around and see everything before choosing a school sometime after his senior season.

Spearman, who is on course to qualify academically with a 2.8 grade-point average and a 20 on the ACT, recorded 135 tackles, including six for losses, and two quarterback sacks as a junior.

"I'm more of a fast player," Spearman said. "I'm very physical and I read (offenses) well."

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