New Offers Equal New Top Five

The state's top prospect and perhaps the South's top defensive end Sidell Corley has received close to 30 scholarship offers. One of McGill-Toolen's stars talks about his three latest offers and his updated top five with a little twist.

"I am up to 29 offers now," said Sidell Corley from Mobile, (Ala.). "This past week I received offers from Oklahoma, Miami and Michigan State. I was pretty excited. They are all really good offers."

"My favorites are Alabama, Auburn, Miami and Florida. Oklahoma and Ole Miss are in the mix for the fifth school."

Surprisingly, Corley's top two favorites are out-of-state.

"If I had to name favorites right now it would be Ole Miss and Florida," he said.

"I really like Coach [Ed] Orgeron at Ole Miss. He has put a lot of lineman in the NFL. He is starting to build a good program. He is a person I can talk to. He told me he always wants to have a relationship with me even if I don't sign with Ole Miss."

"I talk to coach [Charlie] Strong a lot. He doesn't try to put any pressure on me at all. I fell in love with Florida last year when I went to the Florida State game. I could really see myself playing in that atmosphere."

Corley took an unofficial visit to Mississippi State over the weekend. The Bulldogs are not in his top five, but the visit went well.

"I went over to Starkville early Saturday morning," Corley said. "I talked to coach [Sylvester] Croom for a while. I have always liked him. I watched Phelon's [Jones] brother, Carvel. I thought the defense looked real good."

"They stress academics real hard over there. I liked that about them."

Corley plans to head to the Gainesville this weekend to check-out the Gators, and he is hoping to make a return trip to Tuscaloosa.

"I am pretty excited about this weekend," he said. "It should be fun."

"I really want to get back up to Alabama. I enjoyed myself a lot last time I was there. I like coach Shula and the rest of the coaching staff a lot. Alabama is another place I could see myself playing. I could see myself as the next Wallace Gilberry. I like coach [Joe] Kines a lot too. He is a good coach."

An early decision isn't out of the question for the top defensive prospect and when asked Corley replied, "I don't know when it will be. It could be after spring training, after the summer or after the season. I really don't know when it will be right now."

Alabama head coach Mike Shula and Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville have already scheduled visits in May.

Stay tuned to as we bring you exclusive coverage of Sidell Corley's recruitment.

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