Jones CC defensive lineman solidly committed

Markel Winters out of Jones CC arrived at the Ole Miss Junior Day Saturday with one message. He's solid with his commitment.

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"I'm not even talking to any of the coaches outside of Ole Miss'," Winters said Saturday before he checked in at the Ole Miss Junior Day. "A few of them have been saying they are going to offer me, but I haven't even paid attention to it. My commitment is strong. Ole Miss is still recruiting me pretty heavy. It's more like a family now with me and their coaches. We are building a really good relationship. I feel solid with my decision."

This was the third trip to Ole Miss this past year.

"I came up last for the LSU game. That was a really good game. They recruited me really hard out of high school though so I have been familiar with their coaches."

Markel has tried to rebuild his body in the offseason.

"I'm 6-foot-4 1/4, 255 to 260 pounds. I lost a lot of weight, but I have put a lot of muscle on this offseason."

The Rebels plan to use him in a Fadol Brown role.

"That's who they compare me too. I'm not really a (Robert) Nkemdiche. He's a lot bigger than me. I'm built more like Fadol. I'll be more of an edge rusher. They like how I use my hands and the way I get off of the ball. The energy I play with and how I get in the backfield."

What made Ole Miss the right fit?

"I just liked how hard they were after me. I loved the game day atmosphere and the players up here. I've gotten to know a lot of them."

Winters wanted to focus on several things during this latest trip.

"I wanted to see how well the team practice together and the bond they have as far as the players with the coaches and the coaches with the coaches. I want to see the energy at practice."

The Ole Miss commit traveled up with a recent transfer to Jones CC from Rutgers in DLMarques Ford.

"I've been talking to him a lot about Ole Miss. He's really interested in Ole Miss and I know their coaches really like Marques. We'll see how it goes."

Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at

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