Linebacker out of Alabama has the Rebels high on his wish list

Matthew Flint out of Gurley, Ala., made the trek to Oxford Saturday for the Ole Miss Junior Day. The 6-foot-0, 205-pound linebacker is holding a few SEC offers and more could be coming on the way.

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Ole Miss defensive coordinator Wesley McGriff was the defenisve back coach at Auburn last year when Flint attended one of the Tiger's camps. Matthew checked in at 6-foot-0, 210 and ran a 4.53 forty with a 40" vertical. He was offered shortly thereafter.

"When Auburn's defensive back coach (Wesley McGriff) moved to defensive coordinator (at Ole Miss) things really started heating up with them, Flint said. "Ole Miss offered me right before signing day. They have been wanting to get me up there on their campus so I brought my family over there

Madison County's defensive player of the year brought his father and mother with him to Ole Miss.

"It was my first time to ever be in Mississippi. I'm originally from Pittsburgh and moved to Alabama when I was nine. I just wanted to get to know their coaches more. I knew coach McGriff, but I wanted to get to know the rest of their coaches. The event ended at 1:00 p.m., but we went to the basketball game and went back to the IPF and just hung out with coaches (Bradley Dale) Peveto, (Derrick) Nix, and of course coach McGriff. They are all down to earth and family oriented. Coach Peveto coached a lot of great linebackers at LSU that went on to the NFL. He brings a good legacy to Ole Miss. He knows what he is doing."


Where does Ole Miss fit in the big picture?

"They are definitely way up there. Coach Freeze asked me what I wanted to play. I could play offense or defense or even both. I don't have that option at the other schools. They all just want me for linebacker."

Flint had over a 1,000 yards of offense and a 100 tackles for Madison Central this past season. He feels equally adapted to both sides of the ball.

"Honestly I grew up wanting to play offense in college, but I started getting offers to play linebacker so that is where I have focused lately. I'll play wherever I'm needed."

The Ole Miss coaches and campus were the highlight of the trip.

"I mean, it's a SEC school. I expected it to be big but not as connected together as it is up there. All of their facilities are connected together. I like the way they have it set up. You don't have to go too far, but at the same time, it's huge. I guess the thing that stands out about Ole Miss for me though are their coaches. They had a lot of new assistants come in. They have always had a great defense but now they have added some proven coaches on their defensive staff. They are the only team in the SEC that can beat Alabama. If you want to beat Alabama then Ole Miss is the place to be."

Auburn has also offered as well.

"They are family oriented too. Coach Travis Williams is a great coach. He is loud and proud and coaches that way. He keeps you motivated. That keeps your motor running. Coach Kevin Steale coached at LSU with coach Peveto. He's also coached a lot of great linebackers and brings a good pedigree with him."

Another Mississippi school could be the next to offer.

"I think MSU is probably the closest to offering me. They have been talking real good. I'm going to Louisville this weekend. We'll see what they have to say."


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


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