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LaBryan Ray out of Madison, Ala., made the trek to Oxford, Miss., for the second time in as many months. The Rebels appear to be a serious candidate to land Scout's No.181 overall ranked player, but there are several more knocking on the door.

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"Ole Miss, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Alabama, Florida, and Auburn are really the main schools right now," Ray said. "I've had a chance to visit all of their campuses outside of Florida. I plan on getting over there soon."

The latest stop for the 6-foot-4, 270-pound lineman was a return trip to Ole Miss.

"I went over there with A.J. Harris and his family. It was my second visit over there. It went really well. I got a chance to see (Ole Miss defensive line) coaches (Chris) Kiffin and (Barney) Farrar. Those two are the ones recruiting me for Ole Miss. I've got a great relationship with both of those guys. I enjoyed myself there, as I always do."

Ray's first trip included a tour of the campus and athletic and academic facilities. This visit was more about spending one on one time with their coaches.

"I know their campus pretty well now. We took another tour and saw everything again. But this trip gave me a chance to just really sit down with their whole staff and get to know everyone. They started recruiting me really hard back in February. Our relationship has been on-going ever since. I have to say it's going real good with Ole Miss right now."


What makes Ole Miss stand out?

"I just love their defense. They really get after it. They all play together and at times are very special. They have great players on both sides of the ball, but now they have a bunch of really good young players. I like what coach Freeze is doing with their program. It's an eye opener for sure."

The Rebels are graduating several of their top defensive linemen after the 2016 season. Ole Miss sees opportunities for Scout's No. 15 rated defensive end.

"They like me for strong side defensive end. They think I can move around pretty good for a big guy. Coach Kiffin came over to one of my practices. He said he liked the way I used my speed and power. Coach (Kiffin) really likes my speed but said I can covert it to power when needed. He wants me in Fadol's (Brown) role."

Tennessee has always been a heavy contender for Ray's services as well.

"When I went up there I really liked their campus. The biggest thing with Tennessee is I see what they are doing. I watched them last year, and I think this year they are going to be even better. They are in the process of building something special. They are a lot like Ole Miss in that respect. I just like the idea of going to a program that is on the rise. Coach Jones has turned it around at Tennessee."

The Alabama schools are naturally in the race as well.

"I like that Alabama is successful and well coached. Not only do they have good players but they are well coached. That is definitely something I look at when I'm trying to get to the next level. They do a great job of doing that."

"I liked my Auburn trip went I went down there recently. I had never been there before outside of a camp a year or two ago. I didn't get to look around but I did this past trip. I got a chance to talk to their coaches. It's one of the schools on my radar, for sure."

Which school did the All-State performer grow up rooting for, Alabama or Auburn?

"I kind of grew up watching Alabama. All of the success they have had kept my eye on them."

Mississippi State is a factor as well.

"I liked the atmosphere down there. They have a real family atmosphere at State. I felt that vibe when I went down there. The people around there are so friendly. Most of all their staff cares about the man you are off of the football field more than on it. That definitely stands out."

Florida is next on the visit docket.

"I just love their defense. It doesn't matter if they are good or not; you know their defense is going to be good. Their defense is stacked. They get after it every game. That's something I look at for sure. I'm excited about my trip coming up to Florida. It's the only trip I have left to take."

There really is no time-frame for a decision.

"It's when I really feel it. That could be tomorrow or all the way until signing day. It just depends on the feeling I get when I am on their campus. Most importantly it is my relationship with their coaches. When I get that real strong feeling I'll go ahead and commit."


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


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