Amadi Tabs Rebels

Nashville, Tenn., CB Ugo Amadi brought his family to Oxford Friday to meet the Ole Miss coaches and watch Friday's practice. That was all he and his family needed to tab the Rebels as his college of choice. He committed to Ole Miss while still on campus.

"I had been to Ole Miss before and knew they were at the top of my list, but I needed the blessing of my family," said Amadi Friday night via a phone conversation with The Ole Miss Spirit. "Once they saw why I was so impressed with Ole Miss, they were as excited as I am for me to commit.

"It's just a good fit for me."

"Fit" for Amadi meant atmosphere, facilities and campus.

"It's a beautiful place and the atmosphere on the team is what I'm looking for. They all have each other's backs," he continued. "We were also very impressed with those facilities. They're as good, or better, than anyone's.

"But number one on my list is the way the coaches treated me while they were recruiting me. I know they're going to take care of me during my college career and groom me to be a leader as a player and an adult."

Amadi, who has a 3.5 GPA at John Overton HS, had offers from Tennessee, Duke, Indiana, Mississippi State, MTSU and several others.


Ugo Amadi
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"They're all great schools, but the fit was at Ole Miss," he added.

As a junior, Amadi played quarterback and cornerback for his team, leading John Overton to a 10-0 regular season record before losing in the second round of the AAAAAA classification, the highest in Tennessee.

"I had six interceptions, 11 pass breakups and 46 tackles on defense and rushed for 600 yards on offense," he noted.

For his efforts, he was named All-City, All-District and All-Middle Tennessee.

Amadi, 5-10, 183 pounds with 4.4 speed, believes his strength as a cornerback is his man coverage ability.

"I like press coverage. I like to get in the hip pocket of the wideout and stay there," he said. "I need to work on eye discipline and just keep working on my craft overall before I get to college, but I'll be ready."

Amadi said his recruiting is finished.

"I wanted a place where I fit. I wanted a place where I could compete against the best," he closed. "I got that in Ole Miss with the fit and the SEC with the competition.

"I've made up my mind. I'm finished. I'm a Rebel and I'm excited. So is my family."

Next in line for Amadi? Trying to bring Overton a state title his senior year before donning the Red & Blue in 2015.


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