Hugh Freeze turned the corner, walked into the Indoor Practice Facility’s team meeting room, stepped in front of the podium to face the media and took a deep breath.
“I am more relived probably than satisfied,” he said during Wednesday’s press conference.
When the former Ed Orgeron assistant was hired in early December he was immediately put behind the 8-ball and forced to play catchup against other staffs that had been working on earning commitments — and ultimately signatures —for over a year.
The 2012 class, which ranks between 12-14 in the Southeastern Conference by the various recruiting services, reflects the disadvantage.
First evaluating players that were committed to the previous regime and then targeting his own players, Freeze wasted no time piecing together what turned out to be a 19-player class comprised of two holdovers from the previous staff, four junior college transfers and 13 high schoolers.
This year’s class went down to the wire, with Trae Elston strapping on an Ole Miss hat instead of LSU and Oklahoma State hats on signing day. (February 2, 2012, Page 6)