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Posted 21 February 2014 - 08:20 AM
Offensive lineman Marquel Harrell is committed to Ole Miss, but his new Auburn offer is tempting him to re-consider things.
A second visit, this one featuring a one-on-one chat with coach Gus Malzahn, clinched it Thursday afternoon.
"I came down here today because the coaches told me to come down here," Harrell said. "They called last night and said 'I don't want to put words in his mouth, but I do think Coach Malzahn is going to offer.' I was like: Man, for real? I was shocked. When I went in there and sat down I had a big smile on my face because I'm sitting in front of the head coach that has been winning for a long time."
During the conversation, Malzahn discussed his reasoning behind offering the 6-foot-3, 296 lineman a full scholarship.
"We talked about what he liked about my film and my athleticism," he said. "He liked me being able to finish blocks and blocking down field. It was amazing because sometimes you don't get to meet the head coach. You go through the recruiting coach to get your offers. But to sit down and have the head coach offer you it actually means something."
Ole Miss was the first major program to offer Harrell earlier this month and he committed to the Rebels a short time later. Although he remains solid, the Georgia native said he'll be considering all options.
"It's a lot. I have to go home and talk to my parents and review the offer," he said. "I think I could see myself playing at any school. Wherever my parents think is best for me is where I am going to go."
Auburn plans to sign at least four linemen with the 2015 recruiting class and Harrell has already started building a relationship with lineman coach J.B. Grimes.
"He is lively. Real lively," he said. "He is energetic and that's what I like in a coach because I want him to communicate and interact with us instead of just sitting back and telling us to do this and that. I want a coach to move with us."
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Posted 21 February 2014 - 06:55 PM
DISCLAIMER: Just because recruits are listed here doesn't mean that Ole Miss has a good chance at them, don't get your hopes up.
RECRUITING TIDBITS 2/14-2/16
Christian Kirk visited USC and UCLA, just got a Bama offer and seems happy about it, his next two unofficial visits are to ohio state and oregon as he attempts to form his top 10 schools before his senior season.
Nick Wilson lists Stanford as his current favorite, Wilson has just visited Duke and is planning visits to Auburn and Florida State
CJ Sanders enjoyed his Tennessee visit, although one of his top requirements is good academics he said that UT's academics are rising even though they aren't nationally renowned like Duke or Vanderbilt, who he has also got offers from.
Ryan Bates has committed to Penn State, he loves the coaches and being close to home is a big plus.
Chris Clark, newly offered by the rebels, was just offered by Louisville.
CJ O'Grady was also offered by the Louisville Cardinals.
Jamal Jones is currently a Mississippi State lean, but he has also said that he would really love a Tennessee offer.
Tyler Black, fresh off of an unfortunate leg break, is now back to 100%. He is being mostly recruited by Kentucky, Duke, and Ole Miss. As of this moment, he said he likes Duke the most.
Deddrick Thomas' recruitment has seemed to blow up, as of today he says he likes Ole Miss the most, with a recent Vandy offer in his back pocket he has said that he plans to visit Mississippi state and and he said "after that we'll see."
Alex Ofodile already has lots of Mizzou connections, with his father playing football there, and in his recent trip he really liked Pat Washington. the Missouri WR coach. Missouri's staff really hammered home the point of Missourians having a lot of success at Mizzou, and he really liked that. Ofodile is currently a Mizzou lean after junior day.
2016 recruit Stephan Sullivan has officially committed to LSU, Les Miles really sold him the point of being able to play at multiple positions and being able to make a big impact in the bayou.
Sterling Johnson has received committments from Texas, Ole Miss, Clemson, and many other elite programs. He attended Clemson's junior day and has grown real fond with his local area recruiters, and plans to survey the stadium atmosphere next year in the south carolina vs clemson game.
Kyle Phillips is turning out to look like a highly touted recruit. He is in talks with Tennessee mostly, but went to the Bama junior day and came away impressed. Don't color me surprised if he is going to be battled over for a while to come.
Tyler Jordan has recently received offers from elite schools including Florida, and Ohio State. He recently got a Stanford offer and is really interested, he loves the campus and the way their football program is headed. He plans to announce his commitment before his senior season to avoid distractions.
Ugo Amadi is being pursued mostly by a trio of SEC schools, he is being heavily recruited by both Tennessee and Kentucky. He grew up with a lot of people who played at UT so he is comfortable playing there, he recently got an offer from Alabama saying they were impressed with his athleticism.
Chauncey Rivers has flipped from South Carolina to Georgia after the junior day in Athens.
Torrance Gibson looks like he is going to have a long complicated recruiting cycle. He plans to take many unofficial and official visits "starting up north and working his way down south." He plans to visit schools including Ohio State, Tennessee, Georgia, and "all the Florida schools."
Bry'kiethon Mouton has offers from Miami and Alabama. LSU, Michigan, and Tennessee are all close to offering, He made a visit to Baton Rouge this weekend.
Marquell Harrel, an Ole Miss committ, has gotten many offers. He said that he is solid in his committment to the rebels but plans to visit Mississippi State on March 6th, and Florida sometime in April.
Jackson Harris has received an Ohio State offer, he is really high on their school. He visited Florida this weekend and plans to schedule a visit to Alabama in the upcoming weeks.
Isiah Langely has received a Mississippi State offer, he doesn't seem to be too interested in the dawgs but is happy to get an SEC offer. Apparently he doesn't like the vast amount of injuries they have sustained throughout the season.
Keith Mixon has gotten interest from schools such as Alabama, Auburn, and Clemson. He said that he likes the spread offense, and visited Kentucky's junior day this weekend.
Quarte Sapp has a dozen offers, including Ole miss, and is planning to visit a few junior days to look at a few schools. He plans to go to Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee as of today. He has said that North Carolina is recruiting him the hardest.
Bowman Archibald has been offered by Bama, he talked to Lane Kiffin and really likes what he said, he plans to visit their junior day and the spring game.
Gonna just paste the important articles here instead of doing a bunch of little tidbits that probably mean nothing.
Edited by GATORSFAN21, 21 February 2014 - 06:56 PM.
Posted 21 February 2014 - 07:01 PM
Posted 24 February 2014 - 05:11 PM
Posted 27 February 2014 - 08:20 AM
Dion Ray is an athlete, and he is a really good one. In fact, he is considered one of the best athletes in the state of Louisiana. At 5-foot-10, 190-pounds, Ray has been clocked at just under 4.4 in the forty-yard dash, and has been known to make defenders pay dearly for attempting to stop him. He is quick and he is explosive, and those abilities have begun to attract quite a bit of attention to the Harvey (La.) Helen Cox standout.
In the past few days he has received offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Arizona State.
"It's been exciting because I didn't expect it to happen so fast," Ray said. "But I'm just happy for the opportunities and happy for the schools starting to look at me now."
He is appreciative and he is excited. He has been working hard for the opportunities, but he is also ready to show everyone he is more than an "athlete."
"Like every school that offers me as an athlete, I'm thankful for that and I don't have a problem with it," Ray said. "But at the same time I want to show them I can also play quarterback. That is the position I would like to play in college."
If he has to change positions to take his talents to the next level, he is certainly willing to adapt, but a few schools have already let him know they will give him the opportunity.
Austin Peay has extended an offer at quarterback, and most recently Arizona State let him know they too would give him the chance.
"The Sun Devils, I talked to him yesterday actually," Ray said. "The coach was saying I was a phenomenal athlete. He wants to see me go to his program, but at the same time he was like I will give you a shot at quarterback. He just wants to evaluate me in person and see me throw. And he wants to see if I fit in the system and then make his decision from there."
The LSU Tigers have also been in touch recently and the possibility of quarterback seemed to be an option.
"I talked to offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. They said they liked me as an athlete, but the same as Arizona State…. I'll see on March 7 where their mind is at about where they want me to play on the field."
Ole Miss offered Ray as a defensive back and Mississippi State, who Ray said has been recruiting him the longest of all the schools, offered as a wide receiver and a defensive back.
Ray plans to visit LSU on March 7 and he does not have any other visits currently scheduled.
Alabama, Florida, and Duke have also expressed an interest, and right now, he is keeping all of his options open.
"I wouldn't give anybody the edge as of this point," Ray said.
Jason Howell is the Midlands Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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Posted 28 February 2014 - 08:35 AM
McGinnis, an outside linebacker ranked No. 243 in the Rivals 250, is up to six scholarship offers and recently excelled at the Rivals Camp Series, presented by Under Armour stop in New Orleans. The outside linebacker from New Orleans Warren Easton plans to cut his list prior to his senior season.
McGinnis' current offer sheet is Louisiana-Lafayette, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and UCLA. With the Rebels being the most recent to join the mix, the relationship is fairly new.
"I've watched (Ole Miss) on TV, and I'm doing more analyzing," McGinnis said. "I don't know as much as I should, but I'm going to get that information and check out their campus. I know they have recruited well." Arthur McGinnis
The 6-foot-2, 224-pounder recently attended junior days at LSU and Texas A&M. During his camp showing in New Orleans, McGinnis worked out at linebacker before a hamstring strain ended his day. He can also play defensive end, and schools are looking for him to possibly occupy that dual role.
"I see myself as being a hybrid," McGinnis said to Rivals.com analyst Jason Howell in New Orleans. "I can put my hands in the ground. I'm physical and I can go into coverage. Either one is fine to me."
When the time does come to make a decision, McGinnis isn't only worried about football. He has his academic future planned out, and schools that fit that criteria have a considerable advantage.
I want to try to focus on playing time," McGinnis said. "I know going into college I may have to redshirt, but it's most definitely academics, most definitely. I'm majoring in business. They have to have a great business program. That's what I'm looking for."
Edited by adfalcon, 28 February 2014 - 08:35 AM.
Posted 06 March 2014 - 02:28 PM
Posted 21 March 2014 - 09:04 PM
Love him, huge pickup.
Posted 29 March 2014 - 12:35 PM
Posted 08 April 2014 - 04:41 PM
We have moved into the lead for Leo Lewis. Negative recruiting towards us has backfired, Lewis was told negative things about Ole Miss from unnamed coaching staffs (MSU possibly) that have proved untrue through his numerous visits. He really likes Hampton and Treadwell, he isn't a lock but he is very close to one.
Jay Johnson and Armani Linton are suspected to flip from MSU to us.
Jamal Peters is an MSU lean, his mother doesn't like our coaching staff so that's a big problem.
Javon Patterson likes us, Auburn is a close second and the bulldogs of MSU are a distant third.
Malik Dear is on the verge of committing to MSU, he isn't a big priority for our coaching staff so this isn't a big surprise.
Fletcher Adams is complicated. His family is putting a lot of pressure on him to go to MSU but he doesn't want to. He prefers Ole MIss right now, but Bama and Georgia are right there. Expect some drama with this recruit.
We are still recruiting Gardner Minshew, but his speed is a major problem, his summer camps will determine whether we will try to recruit him or not.
DaMarkus Lodge is our big recruit we want, his social media is full of Ole Miss praise but expect us and LSU to go down to signing day with him.
2016 recruit Benito Jones is very high on us, and unless all of the sources I have seen are wrong he will be in Oxford in 2016.
Another 2016 recruit Javious Bardney also loves us and may commit before the end of his junior year.
Sources feel really good about our chances with TE Will Gragg.
We are working on 5* WR George Campbell, he is good friends with Treadwell and wants to take an official visit.
We are working D.J Jones very hard, he has offers from pretty much everyone and it's gonna be a tough battle until the end.
We are also working Jones' teamate David Mahaffey
Edited by adfalcon, 08 April 2014 - 04:41 PM.
Posted 11 April 2014 - 11:13 AM
"'I really like their Land Shark defense,' he said. 'They play a lot of good, young players and they know how to use them. I really like the coaches, the facilities and all the people down there. I have friends from my high school that go to Ole Miss and they tell me they really like it.'"
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