Rebels continue to be a major player in his recruitment

T.D. Moultry out of Birmingham, Ala., has placed Ole Miss in his top five from the start of his recruitment. Why are the Rebels so high on his list?

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"It starts with my relationship with coach (Derrick) Nix," Moultry said. "I've had a chance to go to their campus. I just love the environement around there. That's why I'm trying to get back up there soon. I just love the environment, coaches Nix and their linebacker coach. They are honest men."

The relationship with the Ole Miss assistant, Derrick Nix, is unique.

"He's just a good man and a good person. He brings me good vibes. He's just a good man that can speak my language. He knows where I come from. Coach Nix is from this area. He doesn't put pressure on me, but at the same time he lets me know how much he is wanted by Ole Miss. He tells me that if I'm more comfortable somewhere else then that is where I need to be. I just trust coach Nix. That's why I love Ole Miss, Alabama and Auburn. They make sure you get your education and don't pressure you. Ole Miss has always been one of my favorite teams, and they will stay in the mix."

The Rebels are looking for their 2017 linebacker class to come in and compete for immidiate playing time as freshmen. That hasn't gone unnoticed.

"I know that about Ole Miss. Coach Nix showed me their depth chart. They are going to need some of us to come in and fill the holes. I can start playing pretty soon and play at outside linebacker for them."

Which linebacker spot is T.D. Moultry being looked at by the majority of the colleges?

"They like me at both middle and outside because of my size (6-foot-3, 227). They think I can get bigger and play outside and get my hand in the dirt too."

Moultry will move to inside linebacker during his senior season at Jackson-Olin high school.

"I've played mostly strong safety here. The transition to middle linebacker is going to be easy because of my instincts. I'm going to show the colleges I'm explosive in the box. I have good hands. I can now stop the plays up the middle. I played strong safety and made a lot of big plays back there. Now it's time for me to get a closer to the line of scrimmage. I've grown a lot recently so I feel like I'm ready."

Tadarian feels like he brings a lot to the table.

"I'm just not the most vocal guy on the field. I try and lead by example. I bring a lot of leadership skills to our team. We have a lot of playes who may be falling for all of the hype surrounding our team so I'm going to have to be more vocal. I like to pursue to the ball until the whistle blows. I work on that everyday. I told our linebacker group the other day that we are going to have to hold each other accountable this season."

Moultry has a compelling underdog story. He sat out as a freshman after transferring to Jackson-Olin and then missed his sophomore year after he was hit by a stray bullet in a Birmingham park. He emerged as the Mustangs' team leader last year with over 120 tackles.

"I'm just blessed to alive and playing the game I love. It's a humbling experience, and I'm loving every minute of it."

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

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