Ole Miss recruiting notes

We have learned the following news through our sources and prospects that we spoke to tonight:

Player Tidbits

Reports came out tonight that Terez Jackson, a 6' 1", 215 pound tailback/linebacker recruit out of Marrero (LA), committed to the Rebels tonight.

But, our sources tell us that although Terez might have committed to the Rebels, the University of Mississippi will have to wait and see what the new staff thinks before accepting Terez's commitment.


Who has Coach Orgeron visited since his hiring?

To straighten out where Coach "O" has been since hired, we decided to give you a day by day.

On Thursday, the day Coach Orgeron was hired, he went and saw Michael Oher (OL), Derek Pegues (CB/Ath), Travis Sanford (WR), and John Jerry. We gave you a lengthy report about how the visits went.

On Friday, Coach Orgeron went and visited fullback prospect, Eric Nicks.

Eric was named District Player of the Year, 1st Team All-State (MAC) and 2nd Team All-State by the Clarion Ledger.


The rest of Friday was spent visiting the juniors at Meridian, Starkville, and West Point.

As we all know, Meridian will have two of the top prospects in Mississippi next year in Derrick Davis (RB) and Cordera Eason (RB). Derrick was a 1st Team All-State selection (Clarion Ledger) after rushing for 1,927 yards and 24 TD's this past season. Cordera had a leg injury, which kept him out of action for the majority of the season, but the 5' 10", 238 pound back is a true talent.

We also hear that Coach Hopson had inhome visits with John Sibley (DL/Greenville) and Cornelius Magee (CB/Clarksdale) on Friday.

Coach Hopson went and visited Jackson native, Swayze Waters (P), on Saturday.

Coaches Orgeron and Luke went out and visited the majority of the schools in Memphis on Saturday. We also hear that Coach Orgeron and Luke might have visited tight end prospect, Jeff Cottam, but we are waiting to receive final word on this piece of information.

All inhome visits ended on Saturday, as the dead period started on Sunday.

Why did Coach Orgeron not visit more of Ole Miss' top prospects before the start of the dead period?

Most of the top prospects had already received an inhome visit this week, and you are only allowed one inhome visit per week.

Also, the head coaches are only allowed one inhome visit, period, so you better make sure you use it wisely. Coach "O" made the decision to wait until after the dead period to use his one permitted inhome visit.

Although Coach Orgeron did not conduct many inhome visits these last couple of days, he has personally called the majority of the top prospects since his hiring.

We hear that Ole Miss has already scheduled 58 official visits. There have been several additions and subtraction in the last couple of days. Some of the additions have come from new Rebel assistant, Coach Frank Wilson.

As we have all heard, Coach Wilson is a legend in the New Orleans area, and we hear that he is bringing in quite a few prospects from his region for official visits.

We should have our visit list updated in the near future.

Finally, our sources are very excited about the prospect of signing a class that is worthy of being excited about. As we just mentioned, they already have 58 quality prospects lined up for official visits. And as we all know, your recruiting class is only as good as who takes and does not take an official visit with you. You add that to the fact that Ole Miss has only lost 1 key recruit during the coaching search (Jeff Cottam), and you can see that the Rebels got through this mess in pretty good shape.



Quotes from prospects we interviewed tonight


Brandyn Young
Brandyn Young (RB, Tucker, GA) - Scout.com's #47 running back had the following things to say:

"I go to South Carolina on January 7th and Maryland on January 14th."

Commenting on why he canceled his Ole Miss visit in December, "The head coaching change. I thought it was best to postpone the visit. I did not want to visit without a head coach. Now that they got one, I will probably reset one up pretty soon."



Vantrese Studivant
(OL, Riviera Beach, FL) - The former Georgia Tech commitment had the following things to say:

"Ga Tech, Wake Forrest, Miami, Clemson, Ole Miss, Kansas State, Central Florida, and Rutgers have all been by my house."

"I have already been to Rutgers (12/5) and GA Tech (12/10). I go to Central Florida on January 7th. I play in the Outback Bowl on January 14th. I do not know who I am going to visit on the 21st and 28th, but hopefully it will be with Miami and Ole Miss."

Editor's note: Our sources tell us that Studivant has already scheduled an official with Ole Miss on January 21st, but as we reported earlier, the official visit list has changed in the last couple of days. As soon as we confirm the changes, we will let you know.



DeAnte Lamar
Deante Lamar (CB, Lithonia, GA) - The former Wisconsin commitment had the following things to say:

"I had 1,100 all-purpose yards and 32 tackles/3 picks at cornerback."

"I have had inhome visits with Wisconsin, Ole Miss, Alabama, Oklahoma State, MTSU, and Memphis."

"I went to Wisconsin last weekend, and I go to Ole Miss (1/14) and Oklahoma State (1/21)."

Commenting on which schools he is looking at the hardest, "Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, and Wisconsin."



Bill Stull
Bill Stull (QB, Pittsburgh, PA) - Scout.com's #23 QB threw for over 3,300 yards and accounted for 46 Td's He is on an official visit with Maryland this weekend, but we were able to catch up with his father. Mr. Bill Stull (Sr) had the following things to say:

"He is on his official visit with Maryland right now. He went to Kentucky last weekend, and he is suppose to go to Ole Miss on January 14th. But, with the new coaching change (at Ole Miss), I do not know what is going to happen."

"Ole Miss brought in Steve Cheetom last week, and he was a pure joy to be around. Steve is a good Christian man, and we were thrilled to learn that they have kept him. We hope that Ole Miss still wants Bill, because Bill has always had a lot of interest in Ole Miss."



Cornelius Magee (CB, Clarksdale, MS) - After not playing football his junior year (decided to play basketball and track instead), the two way starter from Clarksdale had an incredible year. He led the state in interceptions, with 15, and was named 1st Team All-State (Clarion Ledger) and Defensive Player of the Year (Class 4A).

"Ole Miss, MSU, and USM have been by my house this week."

"I have set up only one visit so far and it is to Ole Miss on January 21st."




Matt Hardrick
Matt Hardrick (OL, Orlando, FL) - Scout.com's #9 rated offensive lineman has the following things to say:

"I have had inhome visits with Florida State and Hampton. Ole Miss and West Virginia came to my school. They are suppose to come to my house pretty soon."

"The 1st weekend in January (7th), I go to FSU. The 2nd and 3rd week in January, I am tied up with the Army All-American bowl and the SAT test. The last weekend in January, I think I am going to Florida, but I am not sure yet."

Commenting on where Ole Miss stands, "They want me to come in early and play as a true freshman. They want to set up a visit. I was suppose to wait for their new coach to come in. Now that he has, I am probably going to set up a visit.

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