Early Leader?

Pearl, Miss., running back Jordan Wright has time on his side.

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The 6-foot, 190-pound Wright is entering his junior season. Recruiting isn't so much a priority right now as a feeling out process. Wright is getting to know a number of schools, from Ole Miss to Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Alabama. No offers yet.

He was in Oxford for its passing camp earlier this month, the latest in a handful of trips to Oxford. Ole Miss, he said, feels like home.

"I like the way the coaches, they make you feel like they know you," Wright said. "It kind of feels like home, you know? It's a good feeling. Nothing new, just trying to build a relationship."

Ole Miss was the first in a handful of camp stops for Wright this summer. His busy schedule, including trips to Mississippi State and Southern Miss, are all in an effort to better, put simply, his pass-catching abilities.

"I'm just trying to work on my hands," he said. "To be a back, you've got to work on your hands. That's basically what I'm doing. With the receiver camps we go to, it's all about hands."

Wright, a member of the recruiting class of 2015, will get serious about recruiting eventually. And when he does, proximity to home won't be a factor. He is more concerned with the overall quality of the program he ultimately chooses.

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"Not really location," Wright said, "but how I feel and the program and how they're doing."

McLaurin favors one:

Wright isn't the only Pearl standout who currently favors Ole Miss.

No, his teammate and fellow 2015 classmate, Jermany McLaurin, also has the Rebels out in front. Why? Like Wright, the 6-foot, 180-pound McLaurin said Oxford feels like home - the principle factor in his picking a school.

"It just feels like home," he said. "I just like the way it feels here, the atmosphere, and the coaches are just cool to be around. They're nice people to talk to and make you feel good about yourself. They better you and help you out with life problems and different stuff like that, as well."

McLaurin, a running back and defensive back, is hearing from Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Colorado State. He, too, is waiting on offers. So this summer is important in his making a name for himself.

"Just so the coaches can see how I am and how I react to things and what I can do to the best of my abilities," he said.

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