Empty Handed

Alex Dale arrived at Ole Miss Saturday for its elite camp with a scholarship offer in hand.

Ole Miss, he said, even led for his services. Former Ole Miss wide receivers coach Ron Dickerson -- now the head coach at Gardner-Webb -- was on Dale early. Dickerson offered the 5-foot-9, 175-pound cornerback during a junior day in mid-February.

However, nearly four months later, Dale's offer is no longer secure. Actually, he is all but back to square one.

"I think the offer situation is still up in the air, ‘cause the coach who offered left," Dale, of Memphis University School in Memphis, Tenn., said. "I'm just playing it by ear right now, and just trying to work hard and see what happens from there."

Dale said Western Kentucky is "the most in-stone offer" he has. Mississippi State, Cincinnati, Arkansas and Louisville are showing varying degrees of interest, along with Ole Miss. He camped at Mississippi State Monday. He is set to attend camps at Cincinnati and Louisville this weekend.

"Before the offer situation came up, (Ole Miss) was number one. But right now, I don't really have a number one," he said. "Everybody's still about the same right now. I didn't think (the scholarship offer) would go away or anything like that. I still got to work hard and show them I can still play."

To earn a scholarship again from Ole Miss, Dale said he will probably have to come down for a game this season. But he felt he "stood out a little bit" at elite camp, where he ran a 4.54 40-yard dash and jumped 30.5 inches in the vertical.

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"I felt I did pretty well. I'm a little banged up, but I still did well and performed well," he said.

Shumpert looking to build interest:

Fulton, Miss., cornerback Austin Shumpert has a relatively simple goal this summer. He only wants to build the interest of prospective schools.

"(The recruiting process) is going pretty good, just kind of off to a slow start," he said. "That's why I'm trying to get to a bunch of camps and get myself out there and show them what I can do, so I can pick up a few offers.

"I haven't gotten any offers yet. I'm trying to go to a bunch of camps here and there."

The 6-foot, 175-pound Shumpert attended Ole Miss' elite camp Saturday, but was not offered a scholarship. He left for Vanderbilt a day later, and was at Mississippi State Monday. He has three other camp dates scheduled, including a visit to Southern Miss today, and stops at UAB and Alabama next month.

"They just really want me to work on my speed, really," said Shumpert, who is being recruited as a cornerback by most, if not all, schools. "I'm not slow, but it's just something I can improve on. That's what I'm trying to work on."

Shumpert's best 40-yard dash time was 4.75 Saturday. He jumped an even 30 inches in the vertical jump.

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