Tidbits from Jr Day
* Roughly 150 prospects were in attendance for Jr Day on Saturday, which marks the most in school history.
* It was good to see all of Ole Miss' prior high school commitments at Jr Day. This list includes Stevan Ridley (LB), Chris Strong (LB), Jeramie Griffin (FB), LeRoy Diggs (CB), Robert Elliott (RB), Jamison Hughes (DB), and Stanley Porter (DL).
*If that were enough, they picked up a trio of commitments from Drake Nevis (DL), Bradley Sowell (OL), and Johnny Brown (RB).
*Johnny Brown was huge considering he will be a prospect that will most likely be a Finalist for Mr. Football in the state of Mississippi. Johnny has that extra "gear" and shiftiness that is lacking on the current squad. Ditto for Robert Elliott except he is more of your "Deuce" runner. He runs tall, strong, and has that breakaway speed. Can you believe the Rebs have the top 2 playmakers in Mississippi already committed and it is only February? Wow!
*Speaking of Mississippi prospects, how about the visit from Lumberton's Rashod Henry (CB). He is another "playmaker" that will be one of Mississippi's most sought after prospects.
*The top wide out in Mississippi was in attendance, Darrius Young. Shannon has been very kind for Ole Miss in the past years, lets see if this trend continues.
*Two of the top defensive prospects in Mississippi were also in attendace. They are K. J. Wright (DE/Olive Branch) and DeMatanise Hill (LB/Olive Branch). It looks like we will be covering the Olive Branch program once again this recruiting season:)
*Three of the top four defensive end prospects were in attendance. We told you about K. J. Wright. They other two were Madison Central product, Cortez Myles, and West Point product, Cornelius Devine. Missing was Hazzlehurst Jazzmen Guy. I spoke to Jazzmen on Wednesday and he said he was coming up to Oxford on Saturday. Not sure what happened.
*Calhoun City brought in two of
there more highly recruited prospects since Sherron
Moore and Cornelius Wortham. They
are Marcus Bellum (QB) and Demarcus Fox
*Arguable Mississippi's top '07 QB was in attedance when Cleveland Eastside Johnathan Taylor showed up. Taylor is a big ole 6' 5", 240 pounder who possesses a very strong arm. It will be fun to see how recruitment develops this year.
*Do not be surprised to see Chris Strong (LB), Antwon Dixon (DB), Johnny Brown (RB), Jazzmen Guy (DL), and Robert Elliott as the Top 5 highest rated prospects in Mississippi when the final rankings come out.
* The biggest "surprise" for the no shows yesterday was Independence product, Quentin Saulsberry (DL/OL). Still no word as to what happened with Quentin. For those that do not remember, Quentin's father and Coach Hugh Freeze played high school ball together and have remained close friends throughout the years. We will update you when we hear anything new as to why he missed Jr Day. One last piece on Quentin, Saulsberry was recently offered by Ole Miss for the defensive tackle slot.
*Three expected visitors who also did not show up were Antwon Dixon (DB), Antonio White (DT), and Willard Ross (Ath). Antonio and Willard were going to catch a ride from Ross' aunt, but she had last minute car troubles. No word yet on what happened with Antwon, but we just have a hard time believing this kid is going to separate from his brother, Anthony Dixon who signed with MSU. We believe Ole Miss likes their chances with Antwon, but personally I think he is MSU bound. As for Antonio White, White briefly committed to Ole Miss last week but backed off. From what we are hearing from our Delta sources, this recruiting battle is long from over. Look for this to be a battle with MSU to the end.
*Speaking of Mississippi offensive linemen, the Top 5 OL in Mississippi were in attendance. They were Chaz Ramsey , Michael Antonescu, Derek Sherrod, Bradley Sowell, and Colton Jenkins.
* Derek Sherrod was extended a formal written scholarship by the Rebels on Friday. The 6' 5", 300 pounder is the little brother of Dezmond Sherrod. Dezmond was recruited very hard by Ole Miss coming out of high school, but the Rebels decided to go with Covington Wright at the last minute and Dezmond signed with MSU. Wright never qualified and now Dezmond's little brother is thought of as the top offensive linemen in Mississippi this year. This will be very interesting to see how all of this plays out.
*We hear that the Rebels really liked what they saw from Colton Jenkins (OL/Winona), and they are going to be keeping a very close eye on the young man.
*It was nice to see Memphis East bring in their Top 4 prospects to Jr Day. Coach Wayne Randell has been very good to Ole Miss recently as he has sent in Brandon Jenkins, Daryl London, (walk on WR who is no longer on the team) and Cassius Vaughan. East has traditionally been one of the more talented rich programs in the state of Tennessee.
*Ridgeway brought three of their prospects in town but missing from that group was Aaron Crawford (RB). One of Aaron's teamamtes told me at the event that he had a basketball game he had to attend.
*Speaking of the state of Tennessee, here were a few key players that were in attendance for Jr Day:
Chris Donald is a 6' 2", 220 pound LB/RB out of Huntingdon. Chris could end up being Tennessee's highest rated recruit when it is all said and done. Donald has already been offered by Tennessee, so you know the battle is going to be fierce and tough. But, do not discount the fact that Chris and Patrick Willis grew up together. As we all know, Patrick is one of Ole Miss' best recruiters.
Alex Watkins out of Haywood County is a 6' 5", 225 pound defensive end. He could battle Chris Donald as the top prospect in the state of Tennessee. In fact, it would not shock us if Alex, Chris, and Roderick went 1, 2, 3 in the final rankings for Tennessee. Alex is this year's Kentrell Lockett. He is extremely quick off of the ball and is tall and lanky with a wingspan of someone who is 6' 10". The sky is the limit for Mr. Watkins. Coach Freeze will be spending countless hours recruiting these three young men from the state of Tennessee.
Michael Park out of MUS is 6' 1", 188. Michael led MUS to its second straight state championship last season and some are saying that he could be Tennessee's top '07 QB prospect. Park was selected to participate in the prestigious Army All-American combine.
*Wow, did all of you look at the picture of Arkedelphia product, Gary McClellan? The 6' 5", 300 pound defensive tackle got the "best looks" award for all of the players who attended the event. This kid is built like a rock at 300 pounds. No wonder Coach Freeze would not leave his side at Jr Day:)
*The state of Alabama sent over some talent as well, and the most talented out of them all was McGill Toolen product, Sidell Corley. Sidell is a big ole 6' 4", 245 pound defense end who is highly coveted from not only Ole Miss but a lot of the elite programs throughout the Deep South.
*Another key Alabama prospect for Ole Miss made it in for Jr Day. Lionel Henderson will most likely be Alabama's top '07 tight end prospect. He is "only" 6' 5", 260.
*Now you know we would not leave the Bayou State alone, would you? Louisiana's best in attendance were:
*Rayville (LA) product, D' Montreal Wilson, is a huge priority for the Rebs and everyone was very happy to see the young man and his parents at Jr Day. Wilson is listed as 6' 5", 300. We have learned that the Rebels were the first school to offer D' Montreal, but when LSU received news of the offering, they offered shortly thereafter. We have been told that D' Montreal is 50/50 between LSU and Ole Miss right now. This should be an interesting battle to follow.
Lionel Breaux is a 6' 1", 180 pounder from Southern Lab High School in Baton Rouge. Lionel won the 800 hundred and 400 hundred meter track events. Coach Frank Wilson will be all over Breaux this year.
Will Blackwell is a 6' 4", 290 pound defensive tackle out of West Monroe. Expect Will to become a national recruit and look for the Rebels and Tigers to slug it out. Will's grandfather was Coach Orgeron's position coach at N' Western State.
Luther Davis is a 6' 4", 260 pound end out of West Monroe. Like Will Blackwell, Luther will be a national recruit and already holds offers from many of the top programs in the country.
C.C. Carpenter is a 6' 2", 220 pound linebacker out of West Monroe. Will informed me that where ever he goes, Carpenter goes. They are inseparable from what I hear.
Alex Williams is a 6' 7", 210 pound offensive tackle out of New Orleans. He is considered one of the Top 100 players in the country by scout.com. Alex attended L.B. Laundry last season but is expected to transfer to O. Perry Walker at the end of the Spring semester. Yes, that is the same O. Perry Walker that Coach Frank Wilson use to be the head coach. Speaking of Coach Wilson, remember this, O. Perry's new head coach, Derek Lamont, use to coach with Frank Wilson.
We are still waiting to confirm if Toddrick Bajoie (WR/LA) was actually in attendance. If he was, mark him as another key WR target that was in attendance.
*Lastly, who could be Ole Miss' next commitment from the Jr Day event? My money would go with Oxford product, Johnathan Frink (LB). Johnathan won my "most surprised at what they looked like on the hoof" award. Take a look at that boy's picture. His chest about popped those ole buttons off of his shirt.