So, as you may have seen, former Washington WR Damore'ea Stringfellow decided that he'd rather play for the Ole Miss Rebels than the Nebraska Cornhuskers. However, it seems like this was a decision being made in the last couple of weeks.
Both the Lincoln Journal-Star and the Omaha World-Herald has gotten quotes from Stringfellow, and they do tell a interesting tale.
First off, the OWH's piece on the move from Sam McKewon tells that former Nebraska staffer Chris Kiffin, son of Monte and brother of Lane, was the main man who got Stringfellow to visit. Kiffin, who was on the Offensive quality control staff for the first 2 seasons of Bo Pelini's tenure in Lincoln, is the DL coach and recruiting coordinator in Oxford.
The piece also tells that Washington finished classes on June 13th, a week ago. According to the online Academic Calendar, Nebraska started it's first 5 week summer session on June 9th, and wouldn't have been able to get Stringfellow into classes before the begin of the second five week session on July 14th.
However, in this small snippet by Steve Sipple of the LJS this afternoon, we learn that Ole Miss wasn't the only school that Stringfellow visited since classes finished...
Turns out, Alabama also was on Damore'ea Stringfellow's radar.
He visited Alabama last week, he told me Friday, even though he had previously announced his transfer to Nebraska. He signed transfer documents intending to come to NU. Those documents are non-binding...
..."It was a great school, environment and campus," he said. "They may have the No. 1 draft pick every other year, or whatever. But it's all business ... I don't want to be miserable for three years.
"I chose a place with a family-like environment. I'm not just going to go to a place because you can make me a first-round draft pick. If you can give me that and give a me a family-like environment, that's the place to go.
"Alabama was just all work."
He said Nebraska is "a great place, with great fans and great coaches." But Ole Miss impressed his mom...
So, from that you can take that Stringfellow was looking around with more than one school after he visited Nebraska, even after inking his name to Lincoln and hyping himself up to radio and print media. Nice.
Furthermore, put in this LJS piece (by Sip again), some of the truths that folks have been clamoring about came true when it comes to getting to Lincoln...
Stringfellow visited Lincoln 1 1/2 weeks ago without his mom. He said his mom, before his trip to NU, had purchased a plane ticket to Mississippi that was "way cheaper" than flying to Lincoln. He didn't want the ticket to Mississippi to go to waste, he said.
Mom was sold by Chris Kiffin, regardless of what Ross Els, Rich Fisher, or anyone on Bama's staff could have done. Speaking of talking to Fisher..
Stringfellow, as of early Friday afternoon, hadn't spoken with Pelini about his change in plans. Stringfellow informed Husker receivers coach Rich Fisher.
"He seemed pretty disappointed," Stringfellow said. "But, at the end of the day, it's my decision. It's my future. He may not totally agree with it, but it's my career."
Well, he's right about that. In the end, the player had the control before the institution did.
Ole Miss did have a 3000 yard passer in Bo Wallace, but he'll be gone by the time Stringfellow is able to play. Their top 3 Wideouts (Donte Moncrief, Laquon Treadwell and Ja-Mes Logan) all had more yards last year than any other returning Husker Wideout had last year. So to say their Offense may pass more, that is an arguable statement.
However, it's fair to say that Stringfellow would have been the #1 WR in possibly the entire Big Ten Conference by the time he was able to put Scarlet and Cream on. Granted, he would have wondered who will get him the ball, but that worry will carry to Oxford. To say he wouldn't have started in Lincoln right away is foolish, Strinfellow would easily have been one of the top 3 players on the Nebraska roster had he stayed.
But he didn't. So, wish him well in Oxford. Maybe we'll see him against us in a bowl game down the road.