Coming out of high school, Aubrey was rated as one of the Top 20 offensive tackles in the country.
offered by the likes of Florida State, Miami, Florida, LSU, Tennessee, Ohio State,
Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Maryland before signing with Florida State. That
is where the fun ended.
McPhadden failed to qualify.
out a semester. I only needed another point on the ACT test, so I stayed home
and kept taking it. I enrolled at East Central CC (MS) in the Spring of '04. I
left after a semester and enrolled at East MS CC that summer," added Aubrey McPhadden.
Aubrey's freshman season saw him start all ten games at right
tackle. During the Spring semester of his freshman year, he committed to the University
of Mississippi along with his roommate, Korey Raymond.
Things were looking
bright again for McPhadden's future, but then he received some bad news that summer.
told me that I was not going to be brought back on scholarship. I did not have
any money, so I basically sat out that semester. I did take a correspondence course,
but I did not have the money to take all of the classes that I needed."
was actually on track to graduate in December had he taken the courses that he
needed to graduate, but now his expected arrival date to Ole Miss has been pushed
"I am not in school (at East MS CC). I am taking two correspondence
classes and working at a local warehouse. I will be finished with those classes
in June. I am doing real good in them. So far, I have two B's right now. Then
when I finish those two classes, I am taking my last two correspondence classes.
I should be finished with them in early August."
Has Aubrey been in
contact with the Ole Miss staff recently?
"I talk to Coach Orgeron
almost every week. I actually talked to him yesterday. He just told me they still
wanted me to come, and I still have a full scholarship waiting on me as soon as
I get my classes right."
How confident does McPhadden feel about his
chances of completing his needed course work by Fall?
"I feel real
confident right now. Taking them by correspondence is a little easier than taking
them in school. I am going to get it done. I know what is at stake, basically
my whole football career depends on me finishing up these classes. I am no fool.
I have read and heard a lot of people say I will never make it up to Ole Miss,
so it is going to feel good when I prove them wrong."
"I feel very good about my academics"
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