Lane Kiffin has given a recruit the boot, and not just any recruit. The Ole Miss head coach pulled out the rug from beneath the feet of the Oxford Mayor’s son to bring a different kicker to the Southeastern Conference campus.
Jack Tannehill — the son of Oxford Mayor Robyn Tannehill — committed to play for his hometown school in June of 2019. Rated as five-star recruit by Kohl’s Kicking, a recruiting service dedicated exclusively to the specialists, Tannehill did not appear to be going anywhere anytime soon.
Wednesday night Tannehill unexpectedly announced he was reopening his recruitment. Before Ole Miss fans could answer the question, “Why?” another kicker announced his commitment to Ole Miss.
Caden Costa, a Louisiana native ranked No. 7 overall by Sailer Kicking (another competing recruiting service), announced he would join the Ole Miss football team only 39 minutes after the Oxford Mayor’s son decommitted.
Whenever there is a change in regimes, there will be defections from recruiting classes. Tannehill was Matt Luke’s guy. Costa is Kiffin’s guy. This is normal college football stuff. The political wrinkle makes this a fascinating story to follow over the next four years. Every time Costa misses a kick, you better believe the boosters in Oxford will be shaking their heads and whispering as they tighten Kiffin’s leash.
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