Up close with Compton commits

The Rebels picked up two commitments from Compton CC this week.Ole Miss was looking for some immediate help on both the defensive line and linebacker positions.It looks like they have found a pair of good ones. Lamar Brumfield, a 6-2, 230-pound linebacker with 4.62 speed, and Larry Dennis, a 6-2, 255-pound DE with 4.75 speed, bring many attributes to the table.

Lamar Brumfield

"Lamar 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," added head coach Angelo Jackson.

"I think I bring a lot of excitement to the table. I am a good athlete who covers well, and I am a sure tackler, added Lamar Brumfield. "I am a playmaker who has good speed."

Speed is definitely one of Lamar's attributes as he ran a 11.99 100 meter dash as a senior in high school. It was at traditional powerhouse, Carson High, where Lamar made his name for himself.

"My senior year I had 91 tackles. I was named 1st Team All-League, All-State, and All-City."

After a stellar senior season, Lamar signed a scholarship with Washington State.

"It was a hard decision. It was down to WSU and Oregon, and I just went with my heart. I was redshirted there my freshman year but I did not like it, so I came over to Compton and got a brand new start."

As a redshirt freshman this season, Brumfield made an immediate impact for Compton CC.

"I had 105 tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 int for a 70 yard TD, 2 fumble recoveries (1 returned for a 90 yard TD), and 4 forced fumbles."

Lamar was named 1st Team All-Western Conference in his first year at Compton CC. Now he will have 3 to play 3 for the University of Mississippi.

Brumfield will sign in February and enroll at Ole Miss in May.

"I am taking my official visit there on January 19th. I just can not wait to see what it is like down there. 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."

Larry Dennis

Larry Dennis is also excited about his opportunity to be a Rebel.

"It will be real convenient for my family, with me being from Lakeland (FL). It is closer to home where my parents can come to some of the games. I like the conference they play in, and I love Coach Orgeron. He gets me all pumped up every time I talk to him," added Larry Dennis.

"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.

"I think I am more of a pass rusher. I like to get after the QB. But I am good against the run too, but I like to rush the passer. When I am at LB, I can use my 4.7 speed to be a sideline to sideline player," added Larry Dennis.

Where does Larry project to play at Ole Miss?

"They are telling me I could get some snaps at both end and (defensive) tackle. They really do not know yet."

As a freshman, Larry had 56 tackles and 9 1/2 sacks for Compton CC. He was named Honorable Mention All-American for his play. This season saw Dennis collect 82 tackles and 11 sacks. He was named 1st Team All-Conference and was again named as a Honorable Mention All-American.

Who were the main schools in contact with Dennis?

"Well, coach does not like for us to talk to the schools, unless it goes through him, but I was hearing from Nebraska a lot, Purdue, and Ole Miss. There were some others, but those were the schools who were coming after me the hardest."

Lamar is expected to graduate in December and will take his official visit to Ole Miss on December 8th.

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