Still On Board

Memphis, Tenn., offensive lineman Ben Still had already visited Ole Miss a number of times prior to his official visit to the school over the weekend.

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Still is solidly committed. All that's left is Still signing a national letter of intent next Wednesday.

However, he finally got his chance to meet the new coaching staff, headed by Hugh Freeze, while in Oxford. Even more, he spent some time with his future teammates, including his player host, Evan Swindall.

"It was great. I had a blast," he said.

Swindall, a center who started a handful of games last season for Ole Miss, talked with Still about the renewed energy of the program. Ole Miss won a combined five games compared to 18 losses over the last two seasons, including an 0-8 mark in the Southeastern Conference a year ago.

Now the program pushes forward with Freeze. Freeze replaced Houston Nutt in December. Nutt coached four seasons at Ole Miss.

"(Swindall) was just saying how he can tell the energy level's picked back up to where it was a couple of years ago; how all the current players can't wait to start back up and everything. They all love the new coaches," Still said.

The renewed energy was noticeable to Still, rated at three-star prospect by

"I can definitely tell, just the way the coaches are talking. There's just a different tone, I guess. You can tell the energy in the program is picking back up," he said. "They were basically saying the same stuff as Evan was telling me. They can't wait to get everybody back and get started.

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"You can tell Coach Freeze and those guys are back where they wanted to be in Ole Miss. They're excited about being back home and get it started back up."

Still holds offers from Ole Miss, Memphis and Tulane. However, other schools showed interest in the 6-foot-4, 295-pound offensive lineman, who committed to Ole Miss early in the recruiting process.

Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee and Vanderbilt are among the schools that kept tabs on Still, ranked the No. 46 offensive guard in the country by

Still starred for four seasons at Memphis University School in Memphis, Tenn., and reports a core GPA of 3.8 and score of 26 on his ACT.

"I can't wait to get up there and start. It's going to be fun," he said.

Still said he acted as a recruiter on his visit. Ole Miss hosted 13 official visitors, mostly commitments, outside of three uncommitted players in cornerback Trae Elston, defensive back Kentrell Brice and linebacker Khalid Henderson.

"I tried to a little bit. It might have worked a little bit," he said. "I know everybody had fun and everything, so I guess we'll just have to wait and see. I got to meet all of (the other commits). It was fun getting to meet all of them. It's going to be a fun four or five years playing with all them guys."

Still is one of four Ole Miss offensive line commitments, joining tackles Robert Conyers and Pierce Burton and guard Darone Bailey. Burton and Bailey signed in December and are currently enrolled in classes.

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