Last Saturday Louisiana high school senior football player Floyd Raven verbally committed to Ole Miss.
Neal McCready of RebelSports.net reported of Raven’s recruitment by Ole Miss:
Floyd Raven loved his experience at Ole Miss’ elite camp in June.
Ole Miss loved him back. The Rebels’ staff, wowed by his performance against top wide receivers such as Nick Brassell and Donte Moncrief, not only offered him a scholarship on the spot but also made him a priority.
Raven loved the time at Ole Miss so much, in fact, that he very nearly committed to the Rebels on the spot.
So, what took so long for Raven to commit?
Raven to RebelGrove.com:
“To be honest, with me being a black male, I wanted to see everything for myself. That’s why I was slow to commit. When I got here (Friday), it was the total opposite of what I heard. My girlfriend, mom and everyone totally loved it.”
What did being a “black male” have to do with committing to Ole Miss?
More from McCready:
Raven said rival schools had repeatedly made him aware of a 2009 Ku Klux Klan demonstration on the Ole Miss campus, one that was met by a student-led, multi-racial, non-violent protest of the Klan’s presence. The implication from rival recruiters was racism was a problem at Ole Miss. During his trip to Oxford in June, Raven didn’t get that impression.
“I had to see it for myself,” Raven said. “I talked to a lot of the players and they didn’t have any problems like that.
Raven mentioned “coaches” while talking about the same issue with Ben Garrett of Ole Miss Spirit:
“I heard a lot of racial things about Ole Miss and Mississippi so I wanted to make sure that checked out before I committed. I found out it was nothing like that so I went ahead and committed.
“I didn’t start learning about the race issues until I started getting recruited by ole miss and a lot of fans would send me stuff to my facebook page about the Klan gathering when they played LSU and things like that. Some coaches would tell me some things too so it made me really nervous and that’s why I waited so long to commit.”
The “Klan Gathering” at Ole Miss happened before the LSU-Ole Miss game on November 19, 2009. It lasted ten minutes before a handful of Klan members were escorted off the campus by authorities.
From the ASSOCIATED PRESS:
The members of the Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan spent about 10 minutes waving flags, displaying Nazi-style salutes and occasionally gesturing at a group of about 250 hecklers that included young children. They were protesting the school’s decision to drop a pep song that included “Dixie.”
To qualify the Klan’s protest demonstration as a joke that had zero impact on anyone who happened upon it during the 10 minutes it took place on campus of Ole Miss would be giving it too much credit.
Almost as pathetic as that demonstration though is that recruiters from “rival schools” of Ole Miss would use that on-campus debacle at Ole Miss as a negative recruiting tool against the Rebels. (Last I checked, the two biggest rivals for Ole Miss are Mississippi State and LSU.)
Honestly, can it get any lower than that?
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