Cecil Frison, a 6-4 230-pound tight end/defensive end from Hamilton HS in Memphis, TN, said Ole Miss was not on his radar until recently, but once the Rebels offered, he could not resist.
"I was offered by Memphis, Vanderbilt and Kentucky, but I had been hoping Ole Miss would make a late push for me," said Frison, who made All-Metro and Best of the Preps in Memphis this year. "When Coach (Hugh) Freeze started recruiting me recently, I knew that's where I wanted to go. They offered me a scholarship today and I took it.
"I will go on my official visit there January 13th, but my mind is already made up. It's Ole Miss for me," said the full academic qualifier.
Frison said the reasons he chose Ole Miss were very basic and he had a feeling "it was right" from the start.
"Ole Miss is close to home, but not in my back yard. That's what I was looking for - close, but not too close," he began. "I also like the enthusiasm of the coaches. They are pumped up and upbeat and are going to build something terrific in Oxford.
"I also believe I have a chance to play early. Ole MIss needs young tight ends. Coach (Ed) Orgeron told me not to worry about an offensive coordintor for right now - he was going to get a good one and he was going to make sure the Rebel offense insluded the TE in the passing game. I want to catch the ball, not just be a blocker. I'm ecstatic by what has gone down in the last few weeks."
Frison said Hamilton didn't throw the ball much at all his senior season, but he caught 23 passes for 421 yards as a junior. On defense this year - where he gained the All-Metro honors - he had 53 tackles from the defensive end slot. 19 of those were behind the line of scrimmage and included eight QB sacks. He also deflected seven passes.
The four-year letterman at Hamilton, who also made All-Metro his sophomore and junior years, will major in secondary education at Ole Miss.
Memphian Cecil Frison commits
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