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Madison County (Ala) LB receives visits from several schools at his spring practices

Matthew Flint out of Gurley, Ala., has had several colleges come by his school in recent weeks to watch him practice.

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"This is our last week of spring practice," Flint said. "We are going to go hard until our spring game Friday."

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound defender is moving from linebacker to safety for his senior season.

"My coverages have gotten so much better. Not to say I wasn't confident last year in my coverages, but when I was going up against the receivers and running backs last season it was difficult for me. I really worked on my explosiveness this offseason, and it shows with my coverages. I had to get a better grasp of my techniques, and once I did that with my added speed, I feel great back there now."

Louisville is his latest offer this spring.

"They came to see me practice and really liked my speed and coverage ability. Playing safety has allowed me to open up my hips and play a lot of zone."

A few more colleges who have offered stopped my last week.

"Coaches Peveto and Nix (for Ole Miss) came by last Thursday. They are on me really hard. The Auburn coordinator came by as well. Kentucky, Louisville, USM, Memphis, Duke and several more have been by as well."

Ole Miss seems to be making a major push after he visited their campus in April.

"I talk to coach (Bradley Dale) Peveto everyday. I mean everyday. We have built a great relationship. They are wanting me to come to their camp in June. I'll be there hanging out and seeing how they run things. We stay in close contact."

The attention that the Rebels are giving him is a major place.

"I just like how they stay in close contact with me. I talk to them more than anyone else. That's a key. Coach Freeze also stays in close contact. He said he likes me at receiver but Peveto likes me at linebacker. They are going to give me a chance to play on both sides of the ball. That's a big plus."

The instate school is also staying in close contact.

"Auburn, of course, stays in consistent contact. Tennessee as well."

He wishes the other instate school would extend an offer.

"I definitely want an offer from Alabama. I talk to them a lot on the phone. They want to see me at their camp. I would love an opportunity to play for Bama. That's everyone's dream who plays ball in Alabama. It would be a big step in my recruitment if they were to offer."

Flint had five receiving touchdowns and over 130 tackles as a junior for Madison Central.

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

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