Detric Bing-Dukes has had a whirlwind of sorts during his brief college career. He inked with Georgia coming out of high school after graduating from Tucker in 2014. The former All-Star performer thought he had found his home. Athens was just down the road from his hometown. But things changed.
"I chose Georgia over Louisville because I was so close with coach Grantham," Bing-Dukes said. "It was also so close to home, but then coach Grantham left (and coach Pruitt was hired as the defensive coordinator). I didn't feel like I really hit into his schemes so I decided to enroll at Iowa Western after my redshirt year at Georgia."
The next move went smooth. Bing-Dukes led Iowa Western with 76 tackles. Their team won 10 straight and ended up defeating national power Georgia Military Academy in their bowl game. Next up was signing day.
"I signed with MTSU in December. I picked them because I liked coach (Tyrone) Nix so much. I liked how he coached. Their campus was pretty nice too."
But it wasn't that easy. Detric came up one class short to graduate in January so his letter of intent was voided.
"Man, it was pretty depressing to be honest. I was hoping to get in there in the spring and get going, but I still had to finish one more class. I guess it was a blessing in disguise that this all happened the way it did. Now I have a chance to go back in the SEC and play for a team that can compete for a national championship."
The NCAA prohibits a player from signing two letter of intents in the same year so Bing-Dukes was technically still a "free agent". That's when the Rebels came calling.
"It all happened so fast. They started calling me a few weeks back and then I went on a visit there a couple weeks back. They offered me. It wasn't a hard decision. I fell in love with Ole Miss on my visit. Their coaching staff cares about their players and it's not all fake and pretentious. It's real. I wanted to be a part of their program right then and there on my visit. I always wanted to get back into the SEC. Growing up in Georgia that's all we watched. But it really wasn't all about the conference. I just felt like it was the best fit for me because of their defensive schemes. I think coach (David) Wommack is a master defensive coordinator. I have always loved watching Ole Miss' defense play. Their coaching staff was just the cherry on top, really."
The Rebels fell short of their goals for their 2016 class linebacker class and were looking to add another piece.
"They told me they needed another mike linebacker. They told me they liked how physical I played and how quickly I can pick up things. I'm a smart player. They told me that they demand a lot mentally from their mike linebackers. They just want me to come in and help them reach a common goal. That's really what I'm all about."
Scout's Georgia recruiting expert Chad Simmons agrees.
"He's all about being a team player first," Simmons said. "Detric sacrificed himself and played everywhere in high school to help his team out. He's a hard nosed physical thumper that should give Ole Miss some immediate depth at linebacker. He's a guy that I expect to come in there and be a team guy first and will do anything they ask him to do. He's always been about doing anything he can to help the team out."
Yancy Porter is the Ole Miss recruiting analyst for Scout.com and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.