Sometimes, in recruiting, a player's size can be "stretched."
A kid advertised as 6-2, 220 will show up for his first day of practice and be closer to 6-0, 200 than what the recruiting numbers show.
It happens all the time.
Not so with hulking Gilbert Pena, who was listed at 6-4, 336 pounds on signing day.
He's actually that tall and actually bigger, around 330 at the moment.
To say he has a good frame to work with is an understatement, and work he is.
"Right now I'm at 336 and I will focus on getting down little by little to see how I move and how my body functions at different weights."
Pena picked Ole Miss, all the way from New York, over Kansas State, Florida State and North Carolina. Why?
"Where do I start? How about the Southern hospitality?" he stated. "As soon as I came down here, it was real. You hear talk about it, but when i visited, I saw it was real. The coaching staff - Coach Nutt and Coach (Terry) Price - impressed me and my Mom. That gave Ole Miss an edge.
"Another attraction was the need Ole Miss has at DT. That definitely played a big part in my decision. Losing four DTs from last year means that position needs help and I believe I can be the help that is needed."
Pena was asked who he tries to model his play after or who he reminds himself of.
"I just play like Gilbert Pena - I get off the ball and make the tackle," he smiled. "I really don't compare myself to anyone else.
"I played nose tackle at ASA, but I'm not a two-gap guy like the NFL nose tackles. I can make plays from sideline to sideline and can penetrate."
Pena will be competing in spring for one of the four rotation spots at defensive tackle.
His chief competitors will be senior Justin Smith, sophomore Corey Gaines, redshirt freshmen Bryon Bennett and Carlton Martin, fellow JUCO signee Uriah Grant, who will be here in the summer, and freshman signee Woodrow Hamilton.
Who will emerge? Gilbert has definite designs on being one of the four.