Witchett to Ole Miss

Zack Witchett knew what was in his heart for along time, but the Hinds Community College cornerback/wide receiver finally acted on it Saturday morning when he committed to the Rebels.

Witchett, a 6-1 1/2, 197-pound prospect who now plays at Hinds Community College, said he had a sleepless night Friday.

"I was so anxious to tell the coaches at Ole Miss I was coming that I didn't sleep much last night," said Witchett, who announced publicly for Ole Miss Saturday morning over Mississippi State, Kansas and Oklahoma State. "I called my family and high school coach last night to tell them of my decision and they were all real happy for me.

"Once I got their approval, I couldn't wait to make the call and tell the Ole Miss coaches."

Witchett, who played mostly wide receiver for Hinds as a freshman in 2011, will spend the next year at Hinds tearing up the JUCO ranks and preparing for his Ole Miss journey, which will begin in the summer of 2013 after he gets his degree from Hinds in May.

"I can't tell you how excited I am. Coming out of high school, Ole Miss continued to show me some love when others backed off and I always remembered that," he said. "They continued to show me the most love. I asked myself, 'why should I make them wait on me?' I knew where I wanted to go and they deserved an answer because of the way they treated me.

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"Now I can concentrate on my sophomore year at Hinds and improving myself."

Another factor in Witchett's decision was that Hinds CC teammate Q. Mireles will also be attending Ole Miss after his JUCO career ends.

"Q. and I are real close - extra close," he said. "We want to continue our careers together. We both feel like we can do great things at Ole Miss."

Witchett said he does not care where he plays at Ole Miss.

"I'm a team guy. If the coaches want me to play wide receiver, that is where I will play. If they want me to play corner, I will give it everything I have. I'll do whatever they ask me to do to help the team," he said.

Witchett said his strengths on the football field are three-fold.

"I have good speed (4.43 40 and has run in the high 4.3s), I am aggressive and play with no fear, and I am a good hitter," he said.

Like all competitive players, he also understands where he needs to bolster his game.

"I'm working hard on the mental side of football - not taking plays off, staying focused, keeping my concentration on every snap, things like that. On the next level, you cannot have mental lapses. You have to play every play like it's your last one for the national title," he said. "Also, every player can get stronger so I will hit the weight room hard."

Witchett will most likely fill a corner slot at Ole Miss and at 6-1 1/2, with excellent ball skills from also having played wideout during his career, he should have all the tools to make an impact as a Rebel.

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