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Gabe Angel out of Cookeville, Tenn., has played multiple positions during his high school career. He left the Ole Miss/Fresno game knowing where his future lies.

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"They want me to come in and play tight end and do what Evan Engram does," Angel said. "They want me to fit into his role. I come from a running back background so they might use me a little differently than they used Evan. But I can run routes, and I have good hands and good speed for a big guy. I graduate in December so I'll be getting there in January. I'll be ready for spring ball. I can't wait to get started."

The size and speed of Gabe Angel is very comparable to Evan Engram.

"I'm 6' 3 1/2", 218 right now. Evan told me he was basically the same size as me when he came out. He was running in the low 4.6's, and I consistently run around 4.6. Sometimes I'll get it down to a 4.58, but I run it consistently in that area. We both have a lot of the same physical attributes coming out of high school. Of course he's an All-American. It would be an honor to be compared to him."

Gabe brought his family with him to see the Rebels play Fresno State last Saturday.

"I had a great time. I spent a lot of time with coach (Maurice) Harris. There were not many recruits there so I get to spend a lot of time with everyone in the locker room and after the game. It's like a second home for me now. I have gotten to know everyone so well over there by now. I have been going down there since my 9th grade season. I'll be up there in just three months. Every time I'm down there I don't even want to come back home."

Why was Ole Miss the best choice over offers from Alabama, Tennessee, LSU, North Carolina, Florida State, and more?

"Back when I first committed I had a great relationship with coaches Freeze and Harris. It's been built for a long time. Like I said I started building a relationship with their coaches since I started my freshman year in high school. I also think their offense fits me. I'm not a big tight end, just like Evan, but they know how to play guys our style. Me and Evan have real similar games and similar physical attributes. I see what they have done for him."

Angel has built several relationships with the other Ole Miss recruits as well.

"I talk to Denzel Mitchell, Eli Johnson, Greg Heisman, D'Vaughn Pennamon, D.K. Metcalf, and of course Bryce Mathews a lot. Several of us have been committed to Ole Miss for a long time now we have gotten to know each other."

Have the other colleges backed off since Scout's #31 rated athlete committed to Ole Miss?

"I still get some phone calls from schools like Vandy, Kentucky, and LSU. Coach Tucker from Vandy calls a bunch. The coaches from LSU call a bunch too. Some random coaches will call from time to time from other schools but not as much as those."

How is Gabe's senior season coming around?

"We are 4-0. We play one of the toughest teams we will play all season this Friday. We play some more tough teams at the end of the season. I have been playing a lot of defense. I play free safety. We didn't have anyone else that could play free safety so I have to go both ways. I'm on special teams too. I really never leave the field. It's tough playing almost every snap in 6A. I'm just having to get use to it."

Gabe has 251 yards receiving this season on offense and 18 tackles on defense.

"I feel more explosive in my routes. I just feel faster. I got in a full summer of a training program, and I feel like I'm in the best shape of my life. The game has slowed down and is coming easier for me now."

Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com

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