‘Ole Miss is up there'

Loganville, Ga., cornerback David Kamara made a return visit to Ole Miss on Saturday for the Rebels' final regular season game against in-state rival Mississippi State.

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He left impressed.

The three-star prospect, who de-committed from Clemson earlier this month, watched along as Ole Miss ran away from the Bulldogs, finishing with a 41-24 win that resulted in students rushing the field.

"The atmosphere was real crazy," he said. "The fans, they were real energetic and everything. It's a heated rivalry, and for them to come out and dominate them from beginning to the end, that was a real good thing."

A number of recruits made it onto the field for the celebration, which included players hoisting the Egg Bowl trophy with fans and coaches alike.

Kamara was among them.

"It was real good. Just happy that they won," Kamara said. "It was crazy, just watching (Ole Miss linebacker) Denzel (Nkemdiche) out there going at it. It's a rivalry, so it's even more heated. For them to come out and dominate from beginning to the end was real good."

Ole Miss is among the top schools for the 5-foot-11, 183-pound Kamara, with Clemson and LSU rounding out his favorites. Kamara is rated the No. 87 cornerback in the country by Scout.com.

"They haven't offered yet," he said of LSU, "but I've been talking with (LSU defensive line) Coach (Brick) Haley a lot. He's been telling me to keep in contact with him so we can build that relationship.

Kamara has no set date to make his decision, though he said he'll likely wait until National Signing Day in February.

"Ole Miss is up there. Clemson is still up there. I've been talking to LSU a lot. Those are the main ones right now that I'm looking at the most."

As for Ole Miss, Kamara sees a program on an upward trajectory.

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With the win, the Rebels moved to 6-6 (3-5 SEC) on the year. They're bowl eligible for the first time since 2009.

"From the get-go, (Ole Miss head) Coach (Hugh) Freeze has put down a real good foundation, starting with the spring when he got here, getting people eligible that weren't eligible and everything," Kamara said.

"And then, getting the defense and offense and everybody working together and just building that family atmosphere and bringing the team together. That's what you need.

"I mean, Coach Freeze coming in here, first year, becoming bowl eligible, that's a real good testament to what he's preaching to his players. They're buying in and believing in him."

Kamara also sees an opportunity for early playing time should he ultimately choose Ole Miss.

"I think I can come in here and play early," he said. "That's my main focus, where I can come in and contribute from a true freshman standpoint. I'm not going to redshirt. That's the main thing."

Denzel Nkemdiche said following the win his brother, Robert, plans to commit to Ole Miss in two weeks. Scout.com has Robert, a five-star recruit, as the top prospect in the country.

"Robert told me, personally, and I don't know if I'm supposed to say this, he told me he's committing in two weeks," Nkemdiche said. "That's the honest truth. That's what he told me. He wouldn't lie to his brother. I'm really excited, y'all can tell. That was a big deal. All of this is really exciting for Ole Miss and me and everybody else."

Robert de-committed from Clemson five days prior to Kamara. Still, Kamara insists what Robert does will have no bearing on which school he chooses.

"That has nothing to do with anything," he said. "Everyone thinks I'm following Robert and whatnot, but they really don't know me. The thing about it is (Clemson head) Coach (Dabo) Sweeny doesn't like for us to take visits while we're committed. I just went ahead and pulled away from my commitment. If I still wanted to choose Clemson, it's still right there."

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