These many months later, his pledge is as strong as ever.
“The fans out here, their support’s already crazy,” the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Pellerin said following an official visit over the weekend. “They’re already telling me they can’t wait until I get here and to just enjoy it. I spent time with the players, saw how they act. I feel like it’s a great fit for me.”
Ole Miss hosted 18 official and unofficial visitors from Friday to Sunday, including 11 four and five-star prospects. Pellerin did his part to help reel in some future teammates.
“I talked to (DaMarkus) Lodge a little bit,” he said. “I just told him it would be nice to have another receiver to go up and get the ball because we need one. I think he’s going to make a good choice, and I think he's leaning on us.”
Pellerin, rated the No. 23 quarterback in the country by Scout.com, said Ole Miss put its best foot forward.
“Coming off this weekend, (recruits) certainly should feel good about Ole Miss,” he said. “I know they had a good time. It’s a little small town over here and everything, but it feels like a big place. I love it.”
Outside of recruiting the uncommitted, the weekend was, if nothing else, another opportunity for Pellerin to better familiarize himself with what will soon be his home for four years.
“I was just coming here to just enjoy it and be back out here,” he said. “I didn’t have a goal in mind or anything, I just wanted to see how the team was together and see how they acted. It’s just one big family.
“I know a lot of schools they say that about their school and they all want to get that message across. But over here I can definitely see that family atmosphere. They all support each other and clown around and everything. It’s just a great time.”
Pellerin, of New Iberia, La., brought his mom, dad, brother and nephew along with him. Now-senior Ole Miss wide receiver Cody Core acted as his player host.
“Me and Cody, he already feels like a brother with me,” Pellerin said. “We spent a lot of time together, just clowned around and everything. Seeing how he acts, he’s a good guy. I feel the same about everyone on this team.
“(Ole Miss head) Coach (Hugh) Freeze came in and did something great to this school. I want to be a part of it. All the guys on the team know what a brotherhood is and what a family is. I’m glad to be a part of that.”
CUSTIS STILL OPEN:
Four-star defensive back Montrell Custis is still technically committed to Alabama.
He’s just not talking like it.
Custis took an official visit to Ole Miss for the weekend, one of three potential trips he’ll take in the final week-plus leading up to National Signing Day Feb. 4.
“Come out and get sold on academics and be around the players,” he said of what he was looking for at Ole Miss. “It’s a great program on the rise.”
The 6-foot, 185-pound Custis is considering a mid-week visit to Auburn. He’ll take another official next weekend, though he didn’t name the school. Scout.com ranks Custis as the No. 28 safety nationally.
“Right now, I stand open and everything,” the Lovejoy, Ga., product said. “I really like Ole Miss, but I’m still going to take my official visits to Florida and stuff like that.”
Custis was hosted by Ole Miss linebacker DeMarquis Gates, a former high school teammate. He hopes to make a final decision “sometime around February 2nd.”
“Coach Freeze is a great coach,” Custis said. “I feel like this program is on the rise.”