"I want to be a Heisman candidate my Fr year"

Cordera Eason (RB, Meridian, MS) - The Rebels landed the number one prospect in the state of Mississippi for the second year in a row when Cordera Eason announced he was going to attend the University of Mississippi on January 20th.Why did Eason choose Ole Miss when he could have gone to any school in the country he wanted to?

"It's home to me. The situation at running back is great. They have a great offensive line. I feel like I could really fit into their system. I know the coaching staff really well. I know what to expect from them. All the people in town and on campus fit what I was looking for. I also wanted to go to the same school as Derrick (Davis) and he picked Ole Miss too, so that was a good thing."

To get an understanding of how coveted Cordera Eason was, for not only Ole Miss but for most of the top programs throughout the country, check these accolades:

Selected as the Gatorade 2005-06 Mississippi Football Player of the Year. Rated the No. 1 player in Mississippi by Scout.com and The Sun Herald, while being rated No. 2 player in Mississippi by SuperPrep ... Named to SuperPrep and PrepStar All-America teams and Tom Lemming's Prep All-America team during 2005 senior season when he rushed for 1,934 and 21 TDs ... Helped lead Meridian to 11-3 record, winning South State Championship and advancing to 5A championship game ... Rushed for over 1,100 yards and 14 TDs as a junior ...Rated No. 1 tailback in nation by Max Emfinger... Selected first team All-State by Mississippi Association of Coaches ... Named first team All-State by The Clarion-Ledger and rated No. 2 on its Ten Most Wanted List ... Also named to The Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen team ... Named to Orlando Sentinel All-Southern Team and was selected to second team "All-South" squad by Countdown To Signing Day and Fox Sports Net South as a running back ...Named to Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 team ... Rated the No. 13 running back in nation by Scout.com, No. 14 by CollegeFootballNews.com, No. 16 by ESPN.com, and No. 17 by SuperPrep ... Rated No. 46 player in nation by Tom Lemming, No. 84 player in nation by Scout.com, nation's No. 96 player by CollegeFootballNews.com and No. 111 player in nation by ESPN.com ... Named one of Top 150 recruits in nation by Bill Hodge/CSTV ... Rated No. 11 player in the Southeast by Tom Lemming ... Was the No. 16 player in the South on Mobile Register Super Southeast 120 list and also rated No. 21 player in the South by Scout.com ... Was team Most Valuable Player ... Coached in high school by Ed Stanley ... PERSONAL: Son of Jerome and Lisa Drake ... Full name is Cordera J. Eason ... Born: September 7, 1987.

What makes Cordera so special?

"Cordera is a big back who can move and has quality running back instincts. He's capable, and willing, to take over a tight game. He wants the ball in clutch situations and has, in the past, produced with the chips on the line. Surprising speed for a big back," stated Meridian head coach, Ed Stanley.

"Cordera took over our team last year and led us to the State AAAAA Championship Game by gaining nearly 2,000 yards rushing. In some games, he just put us on his back and carried us. He's a bull who has good wheels. He attacks defenders. He and Derrick (Davis) are two of the best backs in the country. I look for them to be tremendous assets to Ole Miss," commented Meridian's Sherrod Miller.

"One of the best things we did in recruiting was to bring in several quality backs. Cordera was the most highly-rated of those for good reason. He's the complete package - big, tough, fast enough and has a good feel for running the football," added Ole Miss head coach, Ed Orgeron.

Cordera has been busy starring for Meridian's baseball team this Spring as he is averaging .338 at the plate and has hit 2 HR's and 26 stolen bases.

Would Eason like to play both sports at Ole Miss?

"I do not know. I am still weighing my options. Coach O said he would love for me to play both sports because he thinks it will keep my coordination sharp, but I have not spoken to the baseball coaches about it yet. We will just have to wait and see."

Cordera had a chance to take in the Ole Miss Spring game this past Saturday.

"They looked good. They ran their offense. Their defense had some key players out, but they still showed they can compete. That is a good sign."

What did he think about the Ole Miss running backs?

"They looked pretty good, especially Ben Jarvis (Green). It will be tough competition, but I can still learn a lot from him. It will be a good battle."

What new did Eason learn about Ole Miss' team?

"I learned they love to compete without their best players in there. They are a competitive team that I want to be a part of. Just the way they played got me all fired up. They play with so much intensity and a lot of fight. That made me ready to get up there and start working out with the guys."

Now that Eason has had a close up view of what college ball is all about; what will Cordera have to work on?

"Mainly my blocking and footwork. If I can get that down. I think I will be alright."

While many signees are scrambling trying to gain their eligibility, Cordera has been on cruise control for some time now.

"I made my (ACT) score (20) when I was a sophomore. That took all of the pressure off of me where I could just concentrate on my football and school work. "

Cordera currently has a 3.38 Core GPA and will graduate on May 22nd.

When will this talented youngster enroll at Ole Miss?

"Coach Orgeron told me to be here the second week of June."

Does Eason have any first year goals?

"My main goal is to help us get back to a bowl game next season. That is priority number one. Coach Orgeron asked me what I expected from myself next year, and I told him I wanted to be a Heisman candidate my freshman year. I just need to work on my blocking and footwork."

Will Cordera be more nervous or anxious about the transition from high school to college?

"It is a mixture of both. I am anxious because I want to prove I can play, but nervous because it is a whole different ball game. But when I get my first hit, I will be ready to roll the rest of my freshman year."

Has Eason circled any games for next year's contests?

"I say mainly two, Auburn and MSU."

Why those two?

"Auburn because that is where I was weighing my option. MSU started recruiting me early, but I knew it was either Auburn or Ole Miss. But I was a little upset at MSU because they just stopped recruiting me when they thought I was going to Ole Miss or Auburn. They never really put in any time to change my mind. And Auburn, I think they really wanted me for fullback, so I have something to prove to them."

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