December 27, 2007

Spano: Ole Miss is a possibility

Maybe it was only natural that Stephenville, Texas quarterback Cody Spano would be interested in Ole Miss after Jevan Snead transferred from Texas to Ole Miss after Snead's true freshman year with the Longhorns.

The transfer was a year ago, and now Snead is set to be the Rebel field general after sitting out the year while the Rebels struggled for their fourth straight season with a key reason being quarterback play.

Spano, a 6-foot-2, 202 pound dual threat quarterback, followed Snead at Stephenville High School and it would seem natural to follow him at Ole Miss.

But after a junior season in 2006 that saw Spano throw for almost 3,000 yards and 31 touchdowns, he was a hot property and the initial interest in Ole Miss didn't last long although the Rebels were among the first teams to extend an offer.

He committed to Oklahoma State in late February and never waivered on his commitment - but the Cowboys did.

Oklahoma State inked seven junior college prospects in the early signing period earlier this month and that, coupled with having a couple of players on the roster who were expected to graduate in December - but didn't - evidently leaves the Cowboys in a bind when it comes to overall scholarship numbers. Only 85 players can be on scholarship at a given time under NCAA rules.

Spano recently graduated from high school and was set to enroll in January, but Oklahoma State has told him he'll have to wait until the summer before he can be put on scholarship. That has Spano reconsidering his options - and Ole Miss may be a long shot - but still is a possibility.

"I haven't heard anything from Ole Miss", Spano said Wednesday night. "But if they did call, that would be a definite possibility. What I'm looking for is a school that will put me on scholarship in January."

Spano to Ole Miss would appear to be a mutual advantage for both the Rebels and Spano. He's already graduated and ready to enroll in January and the Rebels lost two quarterbacks - Seth Adams and Brent Schaeffer - from last year and now have only Snead and Billy Tapp on the roster. Redshirt freshman Michael Herrick has reportedly been granted his release and will transfer to a school closer to his California home. Tapp has no experience and played last season at tight end before being moved back to quarterback this season.

Spano said several schools have contacted him since the situation developed at Oklahoma State and he's currently looking at Nebraska and Tulsa as perhaps his first options.

One person that has yet to influence Spano toward Oxford is Snead.

"I haven't talked to Jevan in some time," Spano said.

Spano rushed for 11 touchdowns and over 350 yards as a senior while passing for 2,190 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Rivals.com on Spano: Really well coached, outstanding student, and should be ready to compete early in college career. Very good at running the zone read. Shows pocket poise. Fundamentally sound in ball handling, a variety of screen passes. Has good velocity, a high release, enough size to stay in the pocket. Can snap off a throw when under pressure.

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