Coach Orgeron was recruiting one of Bakersville CC's defensive linemen last fall while he was the assistant head coach at USC. And as it happens on so many recruiting trips, a coach will discover another player while he is scouting the prospect he was originally there to watch. Corey was the man that Coach Orgeron spotted.
Coach "O" kept that
in mind when he left USC to take the head coaching job at Ole Miss, and now Actis
is slated to come in for an official visit with the University of Mississippi
Height: 6' 5"
40 time: 5.0
From: Bakersville, CA
Junior College: Bakersville CC
The following information was revealed during our interview with Corey Actis:
What are your strengths on the offensive line? "I know everybody's position and what they are suppose to be doing. By me knowing what they need to do, I help everybody else out. My strength helps me a lot too. I was not as strong last year, but I am this year. It makes a world of a difference."
What were you benching last year compared to this season? "My freshman year, I was benching around 370. I can bench 420 now."
What are you working on to take your game to that next level? "My footwork and just trying to get stronger."
How many years did you start for your high school, liberty? "I started all four years both ways."
How did you end up at Bakersville? "Nothing was happening for me out of high school, so I ended up here."
You were a qualifier out of high school? "Yes sir."
When will you transfer to a D1 program? "In December."
Talk about your freshman season at Bakersville CC. "It was alright. I mean, I made All-WSV Conference and held my own. I went up against the number one juco defensive tackle (Dave Long) last year. He plays for USC now, and he only had one tackle in that game. Plus, I went up against Ismail Abdunafi every day in practice. He was rated the number two defensive tackle in the country. He made me a much better player."
Talk about how this season is going. "We have a lot of speed. We have a high powered offense. Our defense is getting better. We are 3 - 2. We lost to the #1 and #3 team in the state, but we have a lot of team speed. We should go further than we did last year."
How is it going for your personally? "I am looking to help my team and try to get to the D1 level. I am just trying to stay healthy and keep after it."
Which colleges are you hearing from? "Nebraska, Wyoming, Oregon, Mississippi, Oregon State, Reno, Arizona, and Marshall."
Any scholarship offers? "Yea a couple, just Arizona, Ole Miss, Wyoming, and Reno."
Have you set up any official visits? "Just Ole Miss (this weekend). I am going to let everything happen when it happens. I will just wait and see. They all have offered me to take an official visit with them, but I am going to wait and see."
What got you interested in Ole Miss? "They came to my school, and I like their coach. Besides, Ole Miss has a big name, and I have always wanted to play in the SEC, so that helps."
What are Ole Miss' selling points when they talk to you? "They are telling me I have a chance to play early. They just seem really interested in me. They call me all of the time. That is a bonus. I am a laid back guy. I am not a big rah-rah guy. I like to do my thing and just relax."
What will you be looking for while you are on your visit to Ole Miss? "I want to see how I fit in with their players and coaches. I just want to see the atmosphere down there. I know it is in Mississippi. It is probably like Bakersville, real country, but it can not be any worse than it is here."
The following information was revealed during our interview with Bakersville's head coach, Jeff Chudy:
What are Corey's strengths? "He is a football savvy guy. He has great size and quickness. Corey stays on his blocks very well. He is just a very good offensive lineman."
How big is Corey? "He is a legit 6' 5", 285 pound guy."
What will he need to work on for the next level? "It is just a faster game. Probably his strength. He has a lot of speed and quickness, but he will be going up against much stronger competition."
Which colleges have personally contacted you about Corey? "I hear from Oregon State, Washington State, Arizona, Ole Miss, and some more West Coast teams."
How did Ole Miss get involved? "They came to a game of ours last fall. Coach Orgeron was recruiting one of my defensive linemen. He liked what he saw in Corey. He came back to one of our practices this Spring. He told me back then he had to have Corey, and he has been recruiting him very hard ever since."