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Memphis, Tenn., tight end Mack Weaver has visited Ole Miss before. He's familiar with the program.

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So when he arrived in Oxford for Ole Miss elite camp over the weekend, he had an idea of what he was looking for. Mostly, he wanted to continue building on the early relationships he's forged with the Rebel coaching staff.

"I know (Ole Miss head) Coach (Hugh) Freeze used to coach at Briarcrest back when Michael Oher played against Harding," Weaver said. "They have a good staff. I've talked to some of them. I've gotten to know them a lot."

Freeze has deep-rooted Memphis ties, having served as both an assistant and head coach at Briarcrest Christian School for 13 seasons. He was the head coach from 1995-2004. Oher, a starting tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, was his star pupil.

Now the head coach at Ole Miss, Freeze is hitting Memphis hard in recruiting.

"I've seen (Ole Miss) play, and they've been pretty good throughout the years," Weaver said. "It looks like they're getting a lot better with Coach Freeze."

Mack Weaver

Ole Miss is but one of many schools interested in Weaver. He holds scholarship offers from, among others, Arizona State, Clemson, Cincinnati, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

Weaver said Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Cincinnati are looking at him the hardest.

"I'm pretty much interested in all of them that are looking at me," he said.

"I'm trying to gather as much information as I can. I like them all. I'm pretty much excited to see all of them and get to know more about all of them and all the coaches."

Ole Miss has a need at tight end. The Rebels will graduate both Jamal Mosley and Ferbia Allen following the season, and there's little depth behind the two as the Rebels inch closer to opening the 2012-13 season.

"Me, they said I could come in and play pretty early," Weaver, ranked the No. 72 tight end overall by, said. "They're looking at me pretty heavily at tight end. That's something I'm looking for heavily."

But playing time won't be the only deciding factor in the recruitment of the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Weaver. He said he will be looking at the coaching staff of each school, academics and for a school with "a good sense of family" when narrowing his list.

Weaver finished with seven catches for 141 yards and three touchdowns last season for Harding Academy. On defense, he recorded 64 tackles and 12 sacks.

"I'm planning on taking as much time as I need to," he said. "But not too long."

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