Pellerin Tabs Rebs

New Iberia, La., QB Jason Pellerin had a dream, to play in the Southeastern Conference. His dream came true tonight when he was offered, and accepted the offer, of a football scholarship to Ole Miss.

"I'm still a little speechless," said the 6-4, 215-pound Catholic HS quarterback. "I'm so fired up. Ole Miss wants me and I want them.

"It's very humbling. I know the quarterback is usually the face of the team, so to speak, and he must be a role model and carry a lot of responsibility. I'm honored Ole Miss decided I'm to be that guy in the future and I'm ready for the responsibility."

Pellerin, as a junior at Catholic, was named Honorable Mention All-State in both football and baseball, where he was a productive left fielder.

He earned his stripes by throwing for 1917 yards and 22 touchdowns with only three interceptions and by rushing for 786 yards and 21 TDs last season.

"I had offers from UL-Lafayette, Louisiana Tech, Nebraska, Nevada, Tulane, Memphis and Northwestern, but I was wanting an SEC offer," said Pellerin, who runs a 4.66 40. "When I visited Ole Miss Monday, I was hoping for an offer because I just fell in love with the place. When I got the offer, I jumped."

What excited Pellerin about the Rebels? A bunch of stuff. . . .

"I think (Ole Miss head) Coach (Hugh) Freeze is a great guy, the kind of man I want to play for. His offense has been very successful and suits me well," said Pellerin, who has a 3.66 GPA and made a 24 on the ACT. "Coach (Dan) Werner, who will be my quarterback coach, is also a great guy and someone I feel I can learn a lot from and advance my career with.

"This offense will help me develop. When you combine all of that with my desire to play in the SEC and the kind of fan support football gets at Ole Miss, it was a perfect match."

Pellerin discussed his game briefly, but he had to be coaxed a little because he didn't want to come across as "cocky."

"I'm very confident in my ability. I'm a football player. Whatever they call on me to do - run or throw - I can handle it," he closed. "If the play isn't there, I can improvise and make something happen. I feel I can make any throw that's needed.

"Also, I like to think of myself as a leader. I have a knack for picking guys up when things aren't going well. Football is a tough sport and it doesn't always go your way. You have to have a guy who can control that type of situation and make something happen. I feel I can do that."

Jason Pellerin - Ole Miss Rebel

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