Rebs pick up 8th public commitment

Stanley Porter (DT, Rosedale, MS) - Mississippi prospects have historically waited until the last minute to make their intentions known in the recruiting process, but it looks like Coach Orgeron is single handily reversing that trend, as the Rebels picked up their 7th commitment from the Magnolia state this morning.

Stanley Porter is a 6' 3", 245 pounder who has played defensive end, linebacker, defensive tackle, and fullback for West Bolivar.

Last season the Eagles made it to the North Half Championship game against Hollandale Simmons, but their key player, Stanley Porter, was on the sidelines. Stanley was injured in the 4th game of the season and missed the remainder of the year. The four games that Porter did get to play in, he was very effective, as he collected 23 tackles, 6 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and he recovered 2 of them.

During his sophomore season, Porter had a breakout year when he collected 89 tackles and 14 sacks. He was named the 2004 Region 3(2A) Player of the Year as only a 10th grader.

What makes Stanley so good?

"Stanley is a physical player. His motor never stops running. He is a football player. He has good speed, size and strength. You can not lose with Stanley. There is no question about it. He is a dominate force out there. I do not want to boost him up too bad," added the chuckling head coach from West Bolivar, Henry Johnson. "I like for him to stay humble and hungry. I want to keep him in my dog house, if you know what I mean. In all seriousness, Ole Miss got themselves a heck of a ball player. I have not seen a better defensive tackle in Mississippi in the past three years. I know that."

Like all players, there are always room for improvements.

"He needs to get a little faster and stronger. We want to get his forty time down in the 4.8 range. He will have to get bigger to play inside at Ole Miss. We stripped him down from 265 to 235 so we could replace the fat with muscle. He he is right at 245 now. We want him in the 255 range by the start of the season. Stanley will have to get stronger for the SEC, but that intensity he plays with is the big thing. They will get him stronger, and with his motor, that is going to make him a special player" stated Henry Johnson.

What does Stanley like about his game and which improvements does he feel like he will have to make on the next level?

"I like to hit people. I hit real hard. I feel like I can really hold off the blockers to allow my linebackers and safeties to get in there. I feel like I can make some plays too," added Stanley Porter. "The thing I need to work on the most is my speed and my techniques. I went to the Ole Miss and Auburn camps last summer. They taught me a lot of new techniques which I used last year. It really helped me out a lot."

MSU, USM, Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama, LSU, and several more of the top programs from around the South were actively recruiting Stanley, but Porter decided he wanted to be an Ole Miss Rebel.

"I just hit it off with the Ole Miss coaches last summer at their camp. I also liked their new indoor facility. We have been talking a lot lately. They text message me every day, and then I usually call them that night. We just have been talking, and I just decided that I wanted to play for a staff like theirs and a coach like Coach Orgeron. He was also a defensive tackle in his day, so he knows where I am coming from. It is always good to have your head coach coaching the position you play. I guess you could say the opportunity was just too good for me to pass up on."

The Rebels will be adding their first Rosedale product since "Fast" Freddie Williams signed with Ole Miss back in the late 70's. It also must be noted that Rosedale produced Fred and Tim Burnett. Fred stared with the Philadelphia Eagles for 10 years at receiver and his brother Tim played for the Kansas City Chiefs for 8 years.

We will get a good look at Stanley when he attends the combine that is being held in April.

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