John Jerry is ready to make his mark at OM

John Jerry (OL, Hargrave, VI) - Hargrave has become the premier prep school. They have as many as 25 to 35 players sign with high D1 programs each year. There is no shortage of talent on Hargrave's roster year in and year out.That is why you have to take notice when their head coach, Robert Prunty, states that"Big John" is the best offensive lineman he has had come through his program.

The 6' 6", 315 pound former South Panola product plans to make use of his talent at Ole Miss next year. The Rebels are waiting with open arms.

John took an unofficial visit to the University of Mississippi this past Saturday. We called to see how his visit went.

The following information was revealed during our interview with John Jerry:

Talk about your season at Hargrave. "We finished out 8-3. We played great. We play great competition."

What is the difference between the talent level at a prep school and a high school? "It is on a whole another level. We play better competition than the junior colleges. It is tough. You can not knock out anybody out. To tell you the truth, it is just right below the college level"

Talk about your life at Hargrave. "It is straight. All of the coaches just prepare you for life. I always put God first and just listen to my coaches. There are just so many good things to talk about here. I do not even know where to start. My brother, Peria (Jerry), said it taught him how to become a man, and that is the best way I can put it. This place will definitely lead you down the right path."

You moved from DL to the OL this season; talk about that transition. "I think I played pretty well. I learned a lot at the position, but I got a lot more to learn at Ole Miss But to tell you the truth, I feel more comfortable on the OL than DL. Coach Woods actually thought I would be better on the OL, but we were kind of thin at defensive tackle so that is where I played."

At one point of the season did you move from the DL to OL? "I played a little bit of both. The first game, I just played defensive tackle, but I started starting on the offensive line in the second game. I played on the defensive line throughout the season, but only on situational downs."

Are you still firm with your commitment to Ole Miss? "Oh yea (laugh), I am their biggest fan. I was down there on Saturday to see them play. I went with two of my high school teammates, Chris Strong and Jeremy Griffin. South Panola is for real this year. Chris is the best player to ever come through the program. I really believe that, even better than Eddie (Strong)."

How has Peria adjusted to being on the D1 level? "He just says it is a lot of work (laugh), but I know what to expect. Peria has been banged up here and there so that has kind of slowed him down, but he feels like he really has it down pat now. I think he is going to dominate next year."

When will you take your official visit to Ole Miss? "Sometime in January. I just have to see what my classes are looking like."

Will you visit anyone else? "No, I know where I am going."

When are you scheduled to graduate? "May 27th. It is going to be on when I get out of here. We might be down (at Ole Miss) right now, but things are about to change next year. We are bringing in a lot of talent, and we have a lot of good players who are adjusting. I look for us to get back to playing Ole Miss ball next year. I really do."

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