Wednesday Mississippi Notebook

The sun was out in full force today, and the Mississippi squad used it to its advantage as they practiced in Mobile this morning before heading over to Ocean Springs for the afternoon session. To learn about the latest recruiting scoop and much more, read below.



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Official Visits

The hot topic for many recruiting fans right now are official visits. And why not, this is when the visit season really heats up as near the Christmas Holidays.

Today at practice we learned that four star offensive tackle Damien Robinson will visit Arkansas next weekend. The Army All-American spent the weekend at Oklahoma over the Thanksgiving holidays and liked the "family" atmosphere. Next weekend Robinson will go to Arkansas. In January, the Dandy Dozen selection heads to Tennessee with teammate, Shon Coleman on the 14th. The following weekend he will go down to Starkville to check out one of the home state programs. The leading candidates to receive the last visit are Ole Miss, Alabama, and LSU.

Another Army All-American, offensive tackle Shon Coleman, reported to us today that he will visit Tennessee (1/14) with Robinson. He was unsure of the dates, but he has told Miami, Auburn, and Arkansas he will also take an official visit to their school. The last visit will "probably" go to Ole Miss.


Steve McNair, Jr.
Defensive tackle Bryon Bennett, who is ranked as the number 38 prospect at his position by Scout.com, reported to us that he will visit Texas Tech next weekend followed by Ole Miss on January 21st. He has not scheduled anymore visits, but reports that two of them will probably go to Syracuse and Wisconsin. The Rebels were in his house Sunday to see him off for the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star event.

Wide receiverSteve McNair has set up an official visit to Southern Mississippi (1/14). He remains firm with his commitment to Southern Miss.

Safety Asian Ruff will head down to Starkville on January 14th.

Four star defensive tackle Carlton Martin told us that he will visit Texas Tech next weekend with teammate, Bryon Bennett. In January he goes to Baylor (1/8), MSU (1/14), and Ole Miss (1/21).


Tidbits

Carlos Thompson, the 22nd ranked defensive end on Scout.com, told us that he will no longer announce his decision at the Army All-American game because he will not have started his official visits by this time frame. The 6' 5" defensive end visits Baylor, MSU, and Ole Miss on consecutive weekends. North Carolina could also receive a visit.

Carlos Thompson


Four star running back Matthew Wells reported to us today that Ole Miss visited his mother and father Wednesday evening. Mississippi State phoned Matthew last night, and his peers say that he is leaning to Mississippi State over Ole Miss and Southern Miss.

Itawamba's Asian Ruff told us that Florida State and Kentucky have begun to call him but no visits have been set. He reports Mississippi State as his leader.

Mississippi's top rated defensive tackle, Carlton Martin, reported to us that he is leaning towards Ole Miss.

Wide receiver Terrance Taylor out of Morton says Mississippi State and Southern Miss are still in phone contact but no visits have been set up yet.

There are 3 Army All-Americans selected from the Mississippi squad and they are defensive end Carlos Thompson, offensive tackle Shon Coleman, and offensive tackle Damien Robinson.


Friends


RB Nick Griffin
It is interesting to watch who has been hanging out together during the practices. We have noticed that Steve McNair, Jr. and Nick Griffin seem inseparable. Both are from South Mississippi so they have a lot in common. Steve is a solid commitment for Southern Miss, while Nick has them in his top three along with Mississippi State and Stanford. Can McNair swing his friend to Hattiesburg? Stay tuned.

Madison Central and Olive Branch are huge rivals on the field, so it puts it into perspective when you see players from each team getting along so well. It is just a game after all. The last two days, Carlton Martin has been hanging out with Olive Branch teammates Damien Robinson and Shon Coleman.

A pair of defensive ends in Carlos Thompson and Bryon Bennett have been spending a lot of time together.


Stock Report

The three players who have improved their value the most are offensive tackle Damien Robinson, cornerback Furious Bradley, and Sam Noblin.

Normally, a highly recruited kid like Robinson would not be on this list because his stock is already so high, but the Olive Branch native had a less than impressive senior campaign. There were whispers that he was "over-hyped" all throughout the state. The last two days Damien has been noticeably better than what he showed during the season. We told him that it looked like he had a little more spring to his step and looked quicker. He replied that he had a high ankle sprain on both ankles and that this is the first time he has been healthy all year. Robinson has had three weeks to rest his body heal, and it looks like that has made all the difference in the world.

Safety Sam Noblin


As mentioned yesterday, Southern Miss commit Furious Bradley continues to impress. Today he did nothing to change that mindset. He can flip his hips with the best of them and is by far the best cover corner on the Mississippi squad. Bradley sustained a knee injury last year and missed a good portion of the season. There were not many offers on the table as a result, but he is back to full health now. If he were a true 5' 10", as he is listed, colleges would be beating down his door. The size factor has probably hurt him soon, as he looks to be more like 5' 9" in cleats. He is not very thick either, as he looks to be in the 165 pound range, but what impressed us was what he is a good tackler. The Harrison Central standout also plays with that attitude that it takes to succeed on the island. It looks like USM has stolen another hidden gem out of the state of Mississippi.

Safety Sam Noblin is an interesting prospect to watch. He is all of 6' 3", 205 pounds and has good range for a safety. He reports that Mississppi State is recruiting him the hardest and Ole Miss is showing him "a little interest". He could be the top sleeper in the state this year, as he has the body and athleticism to be a good player on the next level. Sam comes from good genes too, as his father Jeff Noblin, was an All-SEC player at Ole Miss.

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