'Crootin Hat On

Byhalia, Miss., offensive lineman Davion Johnson was Ole Miss' first commitment for the recruiting class of 2013, pledging to head coach Hugh Freeze and staff in January.

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But his many months on a commitment list haven't kept other schools from attempting to change his mind.

No, Johnson still hears from a number of schools, including Alabama and Mississippi State. The three-star prospect, who stands at 6-foot-4 1/2 and 320 pounds, said his phone continues to ring off the hook.

"It's been intense. It's been crazy these last few days, the last few months," he said. "About the same. I'm hearing a little bit from Alabama, Mississippi State. Same pace. Nothing to it."

Johnson was in attendance for Ole Miss senior camp, held this weekend in Oxford, Miss., for many of the Rebels' top 2013 targets. He spoke of Canton, Miss., offensive lineman Daronte Bouldin, who committed to Ole Miss Thursday.

Johnson said he and Bouldin long discussed playing together in college and possibly even rooming together as freshmen.

"That's my boy, you know? I haven't talked to him since he committed, but I'm looking forward to speaking with him and everything," Johnson said. "We're pretty close. We talked about playing together back when we came down in January. I was trying to influence him to come on and commit with me."

Johnson has his recruiting hat on. Bouldin, also a three-star prospect, wasn't the only player Johnson was working on. He's one for two. Next up is Batesville, Miss., safety Antonio Conner, rated a five-star prospect by FOXSportsNext.com.

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"We're trying to get Antonio Conner," Johnson said. "We're real close. I talk on the phone with him every now and then. It's a slow process. He's testing the waters and stuff."

Yancey down to two:

It won't be long now for Atlanta, Ga., wide receiver Deangelo Yancey. The three-star receiver is down to two schools, Ole Miss and Kentucky, with a commitment date in mind.

The 6-foot-2, 197-pound Yancey, who holds offers from Ole Miss, Kentucky, North Carolina State and Wake Forest, was in Oxford for Ole Miss senior camp Friday. Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Tennessee have also shown interest.

"I'm already offered from here," he said prior to camp. "I want to see what kind of feel I get from the coaching staff. Ole Miss and Kentucky are my top two. I plan by next week (to make a decision)."

Yancey is set to attend camp at Kentucky Saturday, and once he's done in Lexington, he'll head home to think. He's mainly focused on his relationship with each coaching staff, namely his position coach.

"How I get along with my position coach," he said. "If I have a good connection with the position coach, that'll be my decision. (Ole Miss cornerbacks) Coach (Wesley) McGriff is awesome. I like the way he recruits. I'm leaning towards Ole Miss. It's one-two, Ole Miss and Kentucky.

"I like Ole Miss' facilities. I haven't been to Kentucky yet. I'll be down there tomorrow to see how it is."

Mathis nearing full health:

Mario Mathis isn't swayed by the overtures of interested schools. He's committed to Ole Miss, he says, and he's sticking by his decision.

"One hundred percent, definitely," Mathis said Friday. "I'm ready to come. One more year, I'll be here, ready to play.

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"I haven't even had to tell (other schools). It isn't new. They've probably seen it on the blogs. They know I'm serious. That's where I want to go. No place else."

Mathis holds offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Alabama and South Florida, and is hearing form Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and South Carolina.

Mathis, of Thomasville, Ga., is rated a three-star prospect by FOXSportsNext.com. A linebacker, he has slowly worked his way back from a serious knee injury. And he's close to 100 percent.

"It was two weeks ago I got tested on the Cybex, 70 percent. I'm going to get tested (again) when I get back Tuesday," he said. "I should be at 90 percent when I get back."

He hopes to be at full health in August. He can do most training exercises, though he's been without contact going on six months. Mathis, in Oxford for Ole Miss senior camp, said he planned to participate in all drills except the 40-yard dash.

"I'm not going to run the 40, but I'm going to do everything else probably," he said. "See where I'm at, see where I'm standing at right now. Pretty much, I can do everything, but I can't do contact. I can't hit anybody and nobody can hit me. I can wait. It's been like six months since I hit somebody. I can't wait."

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