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Ole Miss offer gives LSU commit Myles Brennan reason to think

CHRIS TODD/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALD/FILE 
 St. Stanislaus quarterback Myles Brennan (12) avoids Noxubee County defender Jeffery Simmons during the Class 4A state championship in December at Ole Miss' Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Brennan earned an offer from the Rebels Friday night.
CHRIS TODD/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALD/FILE St. Stanislaus quarterback Myles Brennan (12) avoids Noxubee County defender Jeffery Simmons during the Class 4A state championship in December at Ole Miss' Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Brennan earned an offer from the Rebels Friday night.

Myles Brennan was fishing with buddy Luke Bradley late Friday night when his phone buzzed.

The St. Stanislaus quarterback figured it was his mom calling.

Instead, it was Ole Miss co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Dan Werner calling to check in.

The timing may have surprised Brennan, an LSU commit, but the call itself didn't.

"I wasn't real surprised," he said. "We just started talking and catching up. They're heading out for a golf trip or something and then we went on to talk about how spring was going, LSU and things like that.

"Obviously the Twitter stuff came up."

SSC coach Bill Conides made headlines across the Southeast in late march when the head roasted Ole Miss for slow playing two of his recruits -- current Tennessee commit Chase Rogers and Brennan.

The Rockachaws had been frustrated by the lack of an offer from the in-state school while both standouts pulled in other regional offers. Conides later apologized for his comments in a statement.

The tweets apparently caught the attention of Ole Miss.

Apology accepted

"(Werner) said, 'look, I apologize. Obviously we waited a little long to offer, but you never know what's going to happen with this recruiting process. We want to go ahead and offer you a scholarship,'" Brennan recalled. "'You'll always have the opportunity to come play for Ole Miss. I just want you to give it some thought with your parents and if you ever want to change your mind or something happens you can come here.'"

Brennan said he appreciated the apology and explanation.

"It was nice, just having him realize what happened and what they did and obviously what we had done," Brennan said. "It was nice they took the initiative to apologize and not just blow it off.

"You just never know what's going to happen in this process and the good thing is I have all the way until February 2. It's not like I have to make this decision tomorrow. It's always an honor to receive another offer and obviously in-state, there's a little more excitement to it."

So does the offer -- Brennan's 17th overall -- change anything? Shortly after committing to LSU on April 23, the Tigers took another commitment from a highly-touted dual-threat quarterback named Lowell Narcisse.

Brennan has said all along he's up for competition and another commitment wouldn't change his mind.

"Right now I'm committed to LSU. I understand they have obviously taken a few quarterbacks It's definitely going to be a conversation at the table with my mom and dad," Brennan said. "If things change, great, then I have this offer. But I'm not just going to decommit and go to Ole Miss because LSU has another quarterback and Ole Miss just offered.

"I just have to go day by day and let this process take care of itself."

On Ole Miss

There's a level of intrigue to the latest offer due to a familiarity with Oxford after his older brother, Bo, was a Rebel quarterback.

"I've been there a bunch. When Bo played there I went up for every game. I could drive through Oxford like I can my hometown now with the amount of times we've been up there," Brennan said. "We've been around the campus and The Square and the environment."

Also there's the depth chart.

After next season, the Rebels will have super-recruit Shea Patterson and Jason Pellerin on the roster at quarterback and not much else.

Still, Brennan is firm with the Tigers, although having a solid backup plan in case things change isn't the worst option either.

"It's nice to have that offer there and every other offer just in case anything does happen so I'm not just out there hanging to dry," he said. " ... The recruiting process is not a simple process and you just never know what's going to happen."

Trip to Baton Rouge

Brennan was heading over to Baton Rouge, La., Saturday morning for LSU's "Bayou Picnic."

He expected his latest SEC offer -- Vanderbilt and Kentucky previously offered -- to be a topic of conversation.

"You know it will, but I'm a Tiger and I'm committed and I'm not changing it," Brennan said. "I'm just going to reassure them of that. (Ole Miss) being an in-state school worries them a little bit, but it doesn't worry me one bit.

"I'm going to tell them what I tell everybody: I'm committed."

Extra points

The 6-foot-4, 180-pound Brennan has already passed for 11,045 yards and 117 touchdowns in two seasons at SSC. ... Brennan leaves June 2 to head to California for the Elite 11 finals, which is June 3-5. ... Brennan is the first Coast player to land a public Ole Miss offer since Pascagoula receiver Jaylen Smith, who signed with Louisville in 2015. ... Brennan is the 10th 2017 quarterback to receive an Ole Miss offer; the others have already committed to Alabama, TCU, Georgia, Stanford, Virginia, Texas A&M, Kentucky, Nebraska and Arkansas.

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