4-Star defensive lineman excited to take in his first Ole Miss game

Scout 300 member LaBryan Ray out of Madison, Ala., visited Ole Miss back in May for a junior day and the 6-foot-4, 270-pound defensive lineman is expected to return on Saturday.

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"I'm excited about getting up to Ole Miss this weekend," Ray said. "I want to see the scene on game day because I have heard a whole lot about it and how great it is. I want to see the scene and see it for myself. I want to see how the team plays against Alabama. I want to see how their defense plays, but mostly I want to see how they come out and play in particularly."

The first trip to Oxford was a good experience.

"I've built a great relationship with their coaches. Coach's Barney (Farrar), (Chris) Kiffin, and (Hugh) Freeze are really good guys. They are great hosts. I went up there back in May and really liked what I saw. They made me feel at home. They have a great family atmosphere up there. They showed me all around their campus and their athletic facilities. This trip I will get to see what it is like on game day."

The Rebels have been the only school to come scout LaBryan this season.

"That's about it. They came the week before last to watch me play. I talk to them every week. I talk to all of their coaches. I'm just building relationships with those guys. They are on me really hard."

The Rebels are graduating four of their eight man defensive line rotation this season. They are selling Ray on coming in and competing for a job as a freshman.

"They just want me to come in and contribute and be a part of a great defense. They want to do something great up there and coach Freeze has done that the last couple years. They want me to be a part of that and be a part of building a championship team. I know they lost Robert Nkemdiche last season and are losing a few seniors on their defensive line this season. It's a situation where I can come in and compete as a freshman to get into the rotation."

This will be the third college game Scout's No.165 overall rated player has attended this season.

"I went to the Auburn/Clemson and Alabama/Western Kentucky games. I'm going to Ole Miss this weekend. Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, Florida, and Tennessee continue to recruit me the hardest. It's a different situation with each school. I will see where I fit in the most and go to the best situation for me."

The May graduate has already set up one official visit and knows of three more he will take.

"I scheduled one to Florida when they play LSU. I know of three other officials I'll take for sure. Alabama, Tennessee and Ole Miss."

What will be the main factors when it comes decision time?

"A lot of things. Playing time is very important and the coaching staff is very important. I want go see how well they develop their players and how they use their players. How successful are they at getting them to the next level? I'll just see where I fit in the best. It's really a combination of things. I'll look to God to help me make that decision."

In the meantime he's trying to help James Clemons turn their season around.

"We won Friday. We are 1-2 right now. It felt great to bounce back. We have to continue to see where our misfits are and work on them. We have to correct our mistakes. I personally have to correct a couple things. I'm getting doubled and tripled teamed a lot. I have to make some adjustments. They are running the ball away from me too. I mostly play strong side defensive end so I have to work on all of the focused attention. I do think I'm using my hands better, especially on the pass rush. I'm getting better and better. I just have to keep working on my craft and be relentless and keep going."

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


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