Ole Miss/Citadel (October 8, 2005)
OL Corey Actis
OL Marvin Arnold (canceled)
CB Chimdi Chekwa (canceled)
CB Chavez Grant
DE Joseph Jackson (canceled)
DE Dexter Manley (canceled)
Ath Ashley Palmer
RB Jocques Crawford
OL Djadji Daffe
RB Marcus Griffin
DE Greg Hardy
DL Chris Strong (6' 2", 250) (Junior at South Panola)
FS Justin Woodall
Official Visit Notes
Our sources feel very good about their prospects in landing Ashley Palmer (ATH) and Corey Actis (OL). Both prospects wanted to go home and talk it over with their parents before they make a final decision.
Ashley had previously committed to Oregon so this could be a little more complicated than Corey, but never the less, the visit went very good and our sources feel like the Rebs have a very good shot to land both prospects when it is all said and done.
Palmer attends Compton CC (CA) and is a 6' 2", 210 pound athlete who
currently plays quarterback. Last season, he missed all but two games but is now
back to 100%. He has a chance to graduate in December which will give him 3 1/2
years to play 2. Palmer committed (soft) very early in the recruiting process
to Oregon but it has not stopped Nebraska, Washington, Oregon State, and Ole Miss
from recruiting the young man. All have offered.
Chavez Grant (CB) had a positive visit, and our sources feel like the Rebs have improved their positioning for the young man's services.
Chimdi Chekwa (CB) had to move his official date because his football game simply got over too late.
Dexter Manley JR (DE) will be brought in later if his grades improve.
We have not received final word when or if Joseph Jackson(DE) or Marvin Arnold (OL) will be rescheduling their official visits.
Unofficial Visit Notes
Justin Woodall (FS) attended his third Ole Miss game this season. He previously watched the Rebs play Memphis and Wyoming. I spoke to Justin around town yesterday, and he said that all of the colleges have really turned the heat up. It looks like there are realistically four teams that are in the picture. They are Ole Miss, MSU, Alabama, and Tennessee. All four have offered. In the end, I expect this to come down to Ole Miss and Alabama with the Rebs as the favorites.
Chris Strong (DL) is a junior at South Panola and will be one of the top defensive line prospects in the country next season. He remands me of another Chris Herring, in the fact that he plays linebacker for the Tigers, but on the hoof, he already looks to be in the 6' 1", 250 to 260 range. He is a very thick young man, already thicker than his 1st cousin, Eddie Strong. And like Chris Herring, he has very long arms and very fast hands and first step.
Djadji Daffe is an offensive line prospect out of Ventura CC (CA). He attended Ole Miss practice on Friday and then stayed for the game. As we learn more about Daffe, we will fill in the blanks.
Marcus Griffin (RB) is the brother of fomer Ole Miss Rebel, Malika Griffin. Marcus led South Panola to the State Championship in '03 when he rushed for nearly 2,000 yards. After being named 1st Team All-State (Clarion Ledger), he was declared ineligible to play for his senior season, due to the age limit rule. Griffin received his GED and transferred to N' West CC. Marcus is a burly back, 5' 11", 230 and is a very gifted football player. Surprisingly, he was beat out at N' West CC and is currently running second string. Never the less, he is a talented youngster who the Rebels are keeping an eye on.
Greg Hardy (DE) keeps moving up and up the Ole Miss wish list. He is having a break out senior season (remember, this is his first year to play football because he has always played basketball). The problem still remains, what does Greg want to do on the next level? Play football or basketball? Until that question is certain for the Ole Miss staff, the Rebs will have to wait to make their move.