Rebs commit Compton College pair

Ole Miss filled two needs on their 2007 football team today when they committed Compton College (CA) JUCO players Lamar Broomfield and Larry Dennis. Read about it inside.

Compton College (CA) Football Coach Angelo Jackson said it was good Ole Miss got the early lead on two of his players - DE Larry Dennis and LB Lamar Broomfield - because the "world" was going to start coming after them soon.

Broomfield, a 6-2, 230-pound linebacker with 4.62 speed, and Dennis, a 6-2, 255-pound DE with 4.65 speed, committed to Ole Miss this morning.

"They've gotten a lot of attention here lately - Florida State, Penn State, all the Pac-10 schools, Baylor, Utah State, Nebraska. They have all been in here looking at them. Coach (Ed) Orgeron and Coach (Ryan) Nielsen must have done a good job on them," said Jackson. "They are two great kids. You will have no trouble with them.

"Larry is kind of a joker - a fun kid. Lamar is more quiet, but both can play football and both made First-Team Western State All Conference. I don't know what I would have done without them."

Jackson talked first about Broomfield.

"He was our MVP. He uses his speed to play all over the field. He had five interceptions and two fumble recoveries for us. He's just got a nose for the ball," Coach Jackson added about the Compton, CA, native. "His speed is the difference. He's got 4.6 football speed."

Dennis, from Lakeland, FL, was Jackson's next subject.

"Larry has a great personality and he's also a player who relies on his speed. We put him at defensive end mostly, but we also put him at OLB some - anything on the edge to contain the outside and to rush the passer. He has a knack for getting to the quarterback either with his hand down or in a stance from LB," Jackson added.

Broomfield said he knew Coach O from when Orgeron was at USC.

"I met Coach O when I went to USC for Junior Day when I was in high school," Lamar said. "He's the kind of guy I want to play for. Him and Coach Nielsen made the offer and I took it.

"I think my strengths as a linebacker are my energy, my speed and I'm pretty good in coverage. I'm excited about coming to Ole Miss."

Lamar is expected to be a May grad.

Dennis was also happy to cast his lot with the Rebels.

"Being from Florida, I will be closer to home so my parents can come see me play. It was hard for them way out here in California," he said. "Also, I always wanted to play in the SEC.

"After meeting Coach Nielsen and talking to Coach O, I knew Ole Miss was the place for me. I'm hoping I can come in at semester, but I'm still working on that. We'll see.

"I'm also excited to be playing with Lamar the next two years. We are close and having him there will be cool - to have someone at Ole Miss I know."

Dennis talked about his strengths as a football player.

"I have a good motor and I'm a good pass rusher from the end position. At linebacker, I work in space well and I'm a sideline to sideline player," he continued. "I don't care where I play at Ole Miss, but I suspect I will be at DE."

The thought process at Ole Miss has been the Rebs would need to go the JUCO route for a LB, a CB, a DE and a WR.

These commitments indicate progress being made in those areas.

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