Recruiting news and notes

Things continue to change by the day on the Rebel recruiting front. To read more, click here.

Tidbits

It looks like Levance Richmond (S) is back on the board for the Rebels. Levance completed his needed hours to graduate from Pearl River last semester. The 1st Team Juco All-American selection will sign in February, but he is a December prospect and will count towards last year's number.

Speaking of numbers, we have finally confirmed where Ole Miss stands, in terms of how many scholarships they have at their disposal this year.

Ole Miss will return 64 scholarshp players next year. Barring any transfers or grade casualties between now and next fall, that is the number the Rebels are working with.

This gives the Rebs 21 scholarships to use for the December and February periods. Ole Miss has three scholarships to give in the December period, but the 85 number is what you concern yourself with.

Another potential December prospect to add to your list is O. Perry (LA) standout, Burnell Wallace.

Burnell is a 6' 0", 190 pound speedster from New Orleans that new Rebel coach, Frank Wilson, is responsible for. Wallace reportedly recorded a 36" vertical leap and was timed in an eye popping 4.35 electronic 40 at the New Orleans All-Star combine. Wallace was named Offensive Player of the Year, District MVP, and All-State for the 2003 campaign.

Wallace signed with Oregon State last season but failed to qualify. He decided to sit out the fall semester and work on his ACT test. The patience paid off as he is now a full qualifier and is free to start practice in the Spring of '05.

Reports came out this morning that Burnell committed to the Rebels but our sources still believe that UCLA is very much in the game. Another interesting note, new Rebel coach, Charlie Camps, coached at Oregon State last year and grew up in the state of Louisiana. We shall see if Ole Miss' connections with Wallace pays off in the coming weeks.

Another player mentioned in the Times Picayune's article was Dennis Christopher (defensive back) and Milton Collins (receiver). Both players also come from O.Perry Walker High.

Our sources tell us that Milton Collins was a sophomore at Jones CC this season. He looks to be a long shot to qualify and West Virginia placed him at Jones CC out of high school.

Dennis Christopher was a name that was new to our sources. As reported before, things are kind of crazy around the camp with the new coaches bringing in new recruits. We can not verify or disclaim the rumor about Dennis.

An article came out last night that Juco All-American, Julius McClellan, has not heard from Ole Miss since the coaching change. We received word today that Julius will be one of the first recruits to be visited after the dead period. It would not surprise us the least if Ole Miss did not iron out an official visit after the inhome visit takes place.

Two prospects that the Rebels have turned the heat up with are Georgia products, Richie Rich (RB) and Boyd Coleman (CB).

Riche is scout.com's #39 ranked running back and hails out of Marietta, GA. Coach Luke is responsible for his recruitment and is doing a great job with the young man. The Rebels still look to be on the outside looking in, but that could change in the near future, as we hear an official visit is in the works.

Boyd Coleman (CB) is a teammate of Richie's and reportedly runs a sub 4.4 forty. Boyd has set up official visits with Kentucky, Minnesota, and North Carolina. N. C. State and Ole Miss will probably receive the last two visits.

Michael Johnson (TE) was taken off of our visit list for Ole Miss due to the report that came out yesterday that he has yet to put the Ole Miss date in concrete. Our sources are telling us the same thing, so scratch his name temporary off of the visit list. We say
temporary because we know the Rebels are working very hard to get a visit commitment from him. We hear the Ole Miss camp thinks very highly of Michael's game.

We have moved St. Augustine product, Rennell Thomas, from "red" status to "black" status. We hear the Rebs are pushing for three of his teammates to take an official visit (Patrick Trahan, Alfred Jones, and Selvish Capers) in January but Rennell was not on their "push" list.

The fullback position, which was a concern just weeks ago, looks to be in good shape now. Two prospects have already gone public that they are leaning towards Ole Miss.

One is Edgewater (FL) product, Antonio Turner. Tony, which is what he goes by, is ranked as the #59 overall running back by scout.com.

Amite's (LA), Kendrick Perry (FB), stated in a recent interview that he was also leaning towards Ole Miss. Kendrick, who is ranked as the #48 running back by scout.com, rushed for 2,700 yards and 31 touchdowns this year. Texas A&M looks to be Ole Miss' main competition.

Willie Rose (FB/FL)) is another name that we keep hearing as of late. Willie is a 240 pound bruiser who is slated to visit the Rebels in January.

We hear that Ole Miss has continued to try and get into the game for Kalvin Bailey (FB) out of Tampa (FL) but it has been a tough chore.

We asked our sources which position they were most concerned with and they replied, quarterback.

With this position being a key need for this year's class and only three set up for visits so far (Jimmy Johns, Jonathan Garner, and Carlton Hill) there can not be many misses or they might not be able to fill their need.

What about defensive tackle, where do the Rebels stack up at this position?

Our sources feel very comfortable in where they stand with Peria Jerry (committed) and Jada Brown out of
Ben E. Banneker (Atlanta,GA).

Jada, who is in the 270 range, and was recruited by former Ole Miss running back's coach, Arlington Nunn.

Coach Nunn did a great job with Brown and our sources feel that there is a 75% chance that he will sign with Ole Miss. We will feature Jada in the coming days.

This gives the Rebels two defensive tackle prospects that they feel like they can win with. If a current Ole Miss defensive end or a recruit moves to defensive tackle in the fall, then they feel like they have pretty much met their needs for the DT position

Two sign and place candidates that Ole Miss is hoping to ink this February are John Jerry and Jerrell Powe. It is interesting to note that John keeps popping back up on the defensive line radar. This has gone back and forth. One week it is OL and the next it is DL.

Jerry will most likely attend Hargrave prep school (VI) next fall (where his brother goes to this year) and would be back in the fall of '06 with 5 to play 4.

It still has not been determined if Jerrell will go the juco or prep school route, but it looks like the juco league is the most likely route he is going to take.

Speaking of defensive linemen, we spoke with USA Today All-American Barry Turner (DE/TN) today. Barry informed us that he is in the midst of setting up an official visit with Ole Miss for January 7th.

Rebel defensive line boss, Coach Cullen, had an inhome visit with Tuner on the Friday before the Dead Period started. Coach "O" also spoke with Barry on the phone and Turner was very impressed that "USC was coming to Ole Miss", as he put it.

Tennessee and Virginia Tech will also receive official visits from Turner in the month of January.
We will release his full interview in short time.

Lastly, a little birdie told me that Jimmy Johns (QB) and Anthony Johnson (CB) will be visited by Coach Orgeron right after the dead period is over.


Tidbits from last night's interviews

Eric Sledge (WR, Apokpa, FL) - "I told Ole Miss I am going to visit them on the 21st, but it might have to be on the 28th. I am still going to try and go with my teammates (Quenton Taylor and Marvin Peoples) on the 21st though."

Eric has been offered by Auburn, Ohio State, Pitt, Ole Miss, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, KY, Alabama, and a host of more schools.



Jimmy Johns
(QB/Brookhaven, MS) - Commenting on Coach Hopson leaving Ole Miss and if it hurts the Rebels chances of landing him.

"I really liked Coach Hopson, but he had to do what he had to do. It does not hurt Ole Miss because he already sold Ole Miss to me."

Commenting on the reports that MSU is his leader.

"If signing day were tomorrow, I would sign with MSU, but signing day is not tomorrow (laugh). Honestly though, they have been with me the longest. They were the first ones to call and the first ones to offer me. You have to look at that."




Rob Park
(P, Memphis, TN) - Rob won a host of awards in Tennessee including 1st Team All-State at Punter for all of the classification is TN.

Remember, Blake McAdams was 1st Team at safety, not punter.

"I visit Auburn on January 14th and Alabama on January 21st."

"I am still very interested in Ole Miss but they stopped recruiting me when Blake committed to them. Now that this has happened, we will just have to wait and see where this goes."


Jonathan Garner (QB/Mainland, FL) - "I threw for 1, 940 yards, 24 TD's and 4 int's."

"I have G.T. and Ole Miss as my co-leaders."

"I am playing in the FL/CA All-star game next weekend."

 

Swayze Waters (P/Jackson, MS) - "I had 4 punts over 70 yards with a long of 79. I averaged 43.7 yards per punt this year on 37 punts."

"I am going to UAB (1/7), Alabama (1/14), and Ole Miss (1/21)."

"Coach Hopson came to my house last Saturday (day before the dead period started) and told me that Blake could be getting shake with his commitment and things might work out for me."



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