Freshman Sensation

Gabe Angel out of the Nashville surrounding area has already picked up multiple scholarship offers as only a freshman at Wilson Central.

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"Ole Miss is my latest offer," Angel said. "They offered me last week. Tennessee, Vandy and Mississippi State have also offered me."

How did the Ole Miss offer go down?

"My 7-on-7 coach told me to call coach (Maurice) Harris. I called him, and he offered me a scholarship. Coach Harris was excited about me. He watched my film and said I was a really good player with the ball in my hands. He wants me to come down to their elite junior day next month so I'm going to go down there to meet up with their coaches."

Angel's teammate on his 7-on-7 team signed with Ole Miss.

"Mark Dodson is always telling me I need to come join him. He's always talking Ole Miss up to me, but I don't know too much about them yet. I've never been down there before."

One school he is very familiar with is Vandy.

"It's so close to home, and my granddad is a big Vandy fan. Coach Franklin is a good coach. He inherited a team that was 2-10 and now he is 9-3 in back-to-back years. He's turned it around. They have something going on."

Tennessee is also another program he is very familiar with.

"They're excited about me. They don't know which position I'm going to play yet because I still have three years to play in high school, but I like Tennessee. I think their new head coach (Butch Jones) has a good plan to turn it around. I think he's going to be successful."

Mississippi State was his first scholarship offer.

"I like coach (Dan) Mullen. He's a great guy and football coach. They were my first scholarship offer. That's kind of special. I have gotten to know coach (Tim) Brewster. They'll be good in the next few years."

Other schools are trying to jump into the picture for the 6' 3", 215-pound freshman.

"Florida State, South Carolina and Georgia are also sending me a bunch of letters. I've spoken to all of those college."

Why the recruiting attention at such an early stage?

"They like my size and speed. It was fun getting my feet wet this season. It's going to help me out a lot for my sophomore year. I have a better feel for the game now. I know which routes to cover on defense and where to be on offense."

Which position feels the most natural?

"I feel more natural at running back on offense. Playing the slot is not bad but I like tailback more. I think I have good hands and catch the ball well out of the backfield. I have good vision to see in the open field and I make good cuts."

Angel had 18 carries for 178 yards and five touchdowns and also chipped in seven catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman.

Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for and he can be reached at

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