Wayne County tradition continues to Ole Miss

Quentin Bivens announced Saturday that he will continue the tradition of Wayne County's defensive tackles starring for the Ole Miss Rebels. What made the 6-foot-3, 285-pounder pull the trigger?

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"Man, I just like everything about Ole Miss," Bivens said. "I feel comfortable with their coaches and players. But most of all I just love the Ole Miss program."

Quentin's cousin, Benito Jones, is currently the starting defensive tackle for the Rebels, but that really didn't play a factor in his decision.

"Not at all. We rarely even talked about it. He told me from the start that it was my decision, and I had to do what is best for me. Benito never pressured me or anything like that. He just left it up for me to figure out."

It didn't take long for the 2016 All-State selection to feel like Oxford was home.

"The first time I ever went up there I loved the vibe. Each time I came back it just kept feeling more and more like home. It's a great community that doesn't have a whole lot of distractions. Everyone is just into Ole Miss football in Oxford. I can't wait to get up there."

The three technique tackle informed coaches (Hugh) Freeze and (Freddie) Roach late Saturday afternoon.

"They were really happy. They put me on a conference call with their whole staff. They all congratulated me on becoming Ole Miss' first commitment for our (2018) class."

Now that Bivens has made his declaration; he'll be putting on his recruiting hat.

"I've already been talking to some players in Mississippi about coming to Ole Miss. They know that Ole Miss is on the rise and a place where you can get yourself prepared for the draft. They had like four more players go in this year's draft and a bunch more who signed on with some teams. That's big."

The NCAA probe into Ole Miss never bothered him during his recruitment.

"I know what type of coaches they have up there. I know they are going to take care of me and be like a second father. I'm not worried about that stuff at all. We'll come back stronger than ever from it. I have no doubt about that."

Last season Quentin collected 60 solo tackles, five sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. His sophomore he helped lead Wayne County to the 5A championship.

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

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