East MS CC defensive end picks Ole Miss

Rasool Clemons out of Aiken, S.C., had to go to the junior college route after signing with Ole Miss in 2015. Now the 6-foot-6, 235-pound defensive end out of East MS CC is ready to wear the Red and Blue.

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"I called coach (Hugh) Freeze a few minutes ago," Clemons said. "I told him I was ready to commit. Everything went well. He was excited to hear the news. Coach (Freeze) just told me he was glad to have me back. He said he couldn't wait to get me up there in January after I graduate from East MS CC."

Texas A&M gave him a lot to think about but in the end he knew where he wanted to be.

"Me and my boy Tim Bonner were talking about going to Texas A&M together. I liked their schemes. They are different. They are an up and coming program, but I had to do what was best for me."

What made Ole Miss the right fit?

"They stayed loyal to me since I arrived at East MS CC. It was a difficult transition for me. I was headed to Ole Miss out of high school but I came up short on my (ACT) test. I ended up at East MS CC. I'm not going to lie. It was rough on me because I'm not from Mississippi and I was on my own. There's not much to do in Scooba (Miss.) as you know. But right around the third game of the season things started to click. I started getting more comfortable down here, but my mind was always in Oxford. I watched every game they played last season. It was killing me not being a part of it. I've wanted to go back to Ole Miss since I got here, truthfully."

The Rebels are looking for him to fill one of the defensive end slots when he arrives in January.

"I love their defensive schemes. That's what really sold me on Ole Miss coming out of high school. They drop their defensive ends back in coverages a lot. I did that a lot in high school, especially my senior season. It's not going to be a hard adjustment for me. I'll just have to learn the playbook when I get there, but their schemes fit my skill set."

Ole Miss has been a program on the rise in the Freeze era, and that has not gone unnoticed.

"Coming out of Aiken (S.C.) all you heard about was Alabama and LSU. Ole Miss was the program on the rise. That appealed to me to be a part of an up and coming program. Now they will be the hunted. I like that. I'm just ready to be a part of it."

Rasool reported to East MS CC at 6-foot-6, 195-pounds but has put on a lot of bulk.

"I'm up to 235-pounds. I still need to get stronger in the weight room and get my weight up to around 250-260 when I report, but I'm making progress. They just love my speed. They told me to keep working hard in the weight room, and they will get me to where I need to be. They love speed in their defensive schemes."

Who else was involved in Clemons' recruitment?

"Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, and Iowa State offered me. Louisville was recruiting me real hard too, but it mainly came down to Ole Miss and Texas A&M."

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

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