Weighing His Decision

Brad Culp left Oxford Sunday with the feeling that Ole Miss is a place he'd like to be in the future.

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"I had a great time," said the first-team all-state wide receiver from Fayetteville, Ark. "Everybody was nice here, and the coaches are outstanding people. Oxford is a laidback city, and I'd love to come live here for the next four years. That's for sure."

Culp compared Oxford to his hometown in northwest Arkansas.

"It really is (like Fayetteville) because of the square," he said. "Everything is more compact. But it is actually bigger than I thought it would be. It's just a smaller version of Fayetteville."

Now that he has visited Ole Miss, Culp said he was very impressed. The Rebels had offered Culp an opportunity to be a part of the new program. He isn't sure if he'll visit other places or not in the remaining days leading up to Signing Day.

"I'm pretty on on Ole Miss. I'm loving it here," Culp said.

Culp received little recruiting interest during his senior season at Fayetteville High School, despite being named first-team All-State. Actually, Culp doubted he'd ever receive any real attention from prospective colleges.

Brad Culp
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In three week's time earlier this month, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Culp heard from a number of schools, namely Ole Miss, North Carolina and Arkansas State -- three schools transitioning to new head coaches. Each school has extended Culp a scholarship.

The North Carolina factor came about since Gunter Brewer, formerly at Ole Miss, is now with the Tar Heels. He had been recruiting Culp during the transition from the old Rebel regime to the new one.

Arkansas State is relevant because of Culp's familiarity with new ASU head coach Gus Malzahn. Being from Fayetteville, Culp knew of Malzahn and his nearby Springdale High School teams. Culp had watched those teams play growing up.

Culp came away from Oxford impressed with the Ole Miss coaches and said it was good to get to know them better.

"They're great coaches. Coach (Hugh) Freeze is a big Christian man, so that sold my mom on me going here," he said. "Coach (Grant) Heard is really cool and seems like he's down to earth. He seems like a great coach."

Earlier this week Culp was still pondering his offers and trying to decide. He knows, however, one of them will be the right fit.

"I'm going to go home and talk about it with my parents and figure it out," Culp said Sunday. "Wherever I go, I'll be playing football, which is fine with me."

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