Georgia speedster schedules trips to Louisville and Ole Miss

Eric Stokes out of Covington, GA., has set up his first two official visits. Two more are in the running to fill up all but one of the remaining five allowed official visits each prospect gets during the recruiting process. What's on tap?

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"I have an official set up with Louisville (12/2) and Ole Miss (1/29)," Stokes said. "West Virginia and Georgia are also trying to get me up there for a visit. I just haven't set up anything yet."

The 6-foot-0, 175-pound cornerback went to the Ole Miss Elite camp this past summer. Things started heating up well before the trip.

"I started talking them in March. That's when it started heating up. Coach (Jason) Jones stopped by my school in the spring and offered me the next day. I have gotten real close to coach Jones. We talk about everything."

The track star, who has run a 10.32 in the 100 yard meter race, returned to Ole Miss for the Alabama game.

"That was my first game there. I loved the atmosphere. I can't lie. You wouldn't think a small town would be all that but they love their football. What impressed me the most is that they never quit when they got down. They never gave up when most people would."

The next visit to the Oxford campus will be all about business.

"They said I could come in and compete the first day I get there. I'm not worried about that. I'm just going to check out the non-football stuff when I come back with my family. I'll look at what it's like to be an every day student if I were to go there. Can I see myself there the next four years? I already feel comfortable around their players and coaches. They go to war for one another. I like those guys a lot, but my next trip there will be about me seeing what life is like outside of football at Ole Miss. That goes for all of my visits."

Eric has never been to Louisville but looks forward to his trip.

"They started checking me out last year during my season. They started telling me about where I stand with them and how much they wanted me. It's another situation where I can come in and compete right away. I want to get to know their players on the trip and see if I fit in with them. Will I get that feeling like I don't want to go back home when it's time to leave? It's all abbot that feeling you get when you are on your visit."

Georgia has been making a strong push as well for the local product.

"Coach Snell has been on me hard. They say they are ready to coach me up so I can be a real good cornerback. They have been stressing that I need to stay home."

West Virginia is giving their sales pitch as well.

"Coach Blue calls me all the time. He tells me that he's ready to mold me into a NFL cornerback. He just wants to get me into the league."

Eric has actually been playing cornerback for a season.

"They put me in there in our second game when our starting corner got hurt. I've always played slot. I just started getting recruited at cornerback last summer. I messed up the basics at the start of the season, but I picked it up. I love playing cornerback I don't know they haven't been playing me there all along."

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



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