Talkin' Two

Hattiesburg, Miss., linebacker Lelland Ducksworth is done with camp visits this summer. His final stop was Alabama this week.

He was originally set to visit Mississippi State again this weekend, but as of Tuesday, those plans had changed. Ducksworth ran a 4.56 40-yard dash in Tuscaloosa, and recorded a 33.5-inch vertical jump.

"I'm pretty pleased with how I did, but there's always room for work," he said.

The summer camp circuit was a successful one. Ducksworth earned a nice assortment of scholarship offers, including but certainly not limited to, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Memphis, Southern Miss -- his most recent offer -- and Louisiana Tech.


Lelland Ducksworth
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"It's actually going pretty good. The recruiting process is rising," he said. "I actually got a couple more offers, so I'm thrilled with it, I guess you could say."

And he's still getting calls from other suitors as well, most notably Purdue.

Alabama, he said, plans to drop by his school, North Forrest High, this season to evaluate the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Ducksworth for a possible offer.

"A couple of schools have been calling me and stuff like that," he said.

"I talked to a coach from Purdue; Purdue seems like a nice school education-wise. They have a football team that's doing pretty good, so that could be an option."

Ducksworth, rated a three-star recruit by Scout.com, favors Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Actually, earlier this month, reports surfaced of Ducksworth leaning towards the Bulldogs as his leader.

Now, though, the in-state rivals are even.

"I've gotten to know a few of each team's coaches," Ducksworth said. "Ole Miss, I don't know every one of their coaches, but I can easily get to know most of them. State, I know all of them. I've gotten to know them over the camps and stuff. I get down there, it's like I'm a household name. I know some of that's the recruiting process, but it makes me feel good right now. I like that.

"I'd say (Ole Miss and Mississippi State) are even right now. Both schools have an equal chance. As the weeks start to pass, you get to know the different coaches and stuff like that, so I think they're equal. I just want to see how each team does this season, and I'll see when I make that final decision. But I'm not sure about my final decision yet."

Ducksworth, who plays both ways for North Forrest, will likely wait until midway through his senior season to choose a school.

Last season, he rushed for 537 yards and two touchdowns as a running back, and had 69 tackles, a sack, an interception, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries as a linebacker.

"I've been telling a lot of interviewers (that I would make a decision) before the season, later on this summer. But I'm not real sure yet," he said. "I've added a couple more offers, so that actually makes my decision tougher.

"I think I can wait until the season. I'm not the type of guy to wait all the way to the end of the season, because I don't have that privilege of waiting ‘till Signing Day. I don't need all that anyway. I plan on making it before the season really gets started good so I won't have to be worried about the recruiting process all throughout my season."


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