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Toles makes the call, flips to MSU from Louisiana Tech

The Lafayette Commodores program in Oxford has had a roller coaster of emotions these last 24+ hours. On Thursday, Lafayette assistant coach Nacoma James passed away while self-quarantining with what is locally being labeled as COVID-19 symptoms.

On Friday, Commodore defensive back Brendan Toles went public with his decision to flip from Louisiana Tech to Mississippi State.

The decision was an easy one following an early morning conversation with his parents.

IN HIS OWN WORDS

"It feels good," Toles said now that he's made his decision. "Coach (Tony) Hughes, he seemed excited. He was the first coach that I gave the news to."

ON GETTING THROUGH THE DAY THURSDAY: It was hard, man. There was a lot going through my mind last night, I honestly didn't know what to do. This morning I talked to my parents before I went to school, and they told me to go with my heart and go ahead and commit to Mississippi State.

WHY MISSISSIPPI STATE? "I love the coaches. They make me feel at home when I talk to them. I'm excited about having the chance to stay in-state and play in Mississippi.

RIVALS REACTION

Toles fills a position of need for the Bulldogs, as they now have their first cornerback in the 2021 class. His recruitment is not related in any way to that of George County DB MJ Daniels, who is now being recruited as a safety.

He becomes the second commitment of the week from north Mississippi, as the Bulldogs have continued to use their relationships and connections to add to their class

Toles was once a target for the old staff at Ole Miss, but is yet to hear from Lane Kiffin or anyone from his staff in town. Memphis, Kansas, Tennessee, and a handful of others had all been showing interest.