Lake Central senior linebacker Ike Spearman had double-digit Division I offers when this football season began. As of Wednesday night the big numbers were down to one.
The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Spearman verbally committed to play football at Ole Miss. Spearman called Rebels' coach Houston Nutt after his Indians finished practice.
"I had a feeling about that place as a whole," Spearman said. "Of all the schools I looked at, Ole Miss was at the top of the list."
Spearman's list got down to a final five -- Cincinnati, Louisville, UCLA, Minnesota and Mississippi. But playing in the Southeastern Conference for a historic program was big.
Spearman has 54 tackles and 15 tackles for loss. He has also recovered two fumbles and taken the ball back for two touchdowns.
His strength, speed and athleticism is what had college coaches salivating over the L.C. linebacker. Spearman did attend a camp at Ole Miss over the summer.
"This is great news for him," L.C. coach Brett St. Germain said. "Ike has spent a lot of time in the offseason preparing his body for an opportunity like this. This is what happens when you work hard. Good things happen."
With Spearman leading one of the region's top defensive units, the Indians finished as co-DAC champions. A 27-24 loss to Merrillville was L.C.'s only defeat of the season.
Lake Central and Merrillville will open Class 5A Sectional 1 play on Friday at Demaree Stadium.
"This commitment takes a big weight off my shoulders," Spearman said. "Now I can focus on what's in front of me, winning a sectional game."