Now for the good news, the Class 5A Player of the Year, Peria Jerry, has enrolled at Hargrave Military Academy and leaves on August
As we reported earlier, there is a better than 50/50 chance that Jerry will only have to spend one semester at Hargrave, as he already has his needed ACT score and core classes.
If Peria does finish his needed requirements by December, he will resign with the University of Mississippi in the early singing period and will participate in the 2005 Spring practices.
In the meantime, Jerry will also retain his college eligibility and will have 5 years to play 4 with the Univeristy of Mississippi.
Peria was one of the center pieces for the 2004 class, and this is huge news for the future of the Rebels' defensive front.
On a down note, we have learned that it looks like running back signee, Lavarus Giles, is most likely headed to Mississippi Delta CC.
Why would Lavarus spend two years at a junior college
when he could go one year to Hargrave and retain his four years of eligibility?
Lavarus and the Ole Miss staff felt that the safest route for Lavarus' future was MS Delta CC. If Giles decided that he was not happy at Hargrave, or he failed to achieve his needed ACT test score by the end of next year, he would be back to square one and would have to enroll at a junior college the following year, ala Covington Wright.
Therefore, Giles will be with his best friend and brother, James Giles, at MS Deltan and also within an hours drive from home.
This was a joint decision by both parties, and both Lavarus and Ole Miss feel this is in Giles' best interest.
Lavarus has been adamant to the Ole Miss staff and to the media that his intentions are to resign with Ole Miss once he has completed his needed requirements.
Final Grade Count
Out of the 25 prospects that Ole Miss signed last year, 19 were full qualifiers and 6 were non-qualifiers.
The following signees did not qualify:
Tony Burks (WR, Gulfport, MS) - Will enroll at MS Gulf Coast CC.
Dion Gales (DL, New Orleans, LA) - Will enroll at MS Gulf Coast CC. (side note: former Reb, Stevon Moore, now coaches at MS Gulf Coast CC)
Lavarus Giles (RB, Benoit, MS) - Will enroll at MS Delta CC.
Peria Jerry (DL, South Panola, MS) - Will enroll at Hargrave Military Aca. (same prep school that current Rebs, Mico McSwain and Brandon Jenkins attended)
Corey Kizer (WR, Memphis, TN) - Will enroll at Coahoma CC, where the Rebels hope to land current Coahoma WR's, Julius McClellan (6' 4", 217, 4.4) and Joshua Chapple.(6' 2", 185, 4.4).
Alton Pettway (DL, ICC, MS) - Will enroll at D11 Arkansas-Monticello due to his failure to graduate from Itawamba CC.