Rebs get three commitments

This weekend's official visits for the Ole Miss Rebels got off to a great start this afternoon when OL Alex Washington, OL Mark Jean-Louis and Athlete Lionel Breaux committed to Ole Miss. Read about it inside.

Speedster Lionel Breaux out of New Orleans, LA, 360-pound OL Alex Washington out of Monroe, LA, and JUCO OL Mark Jean-Louis all committed to the Ole Miss Rebel football team while on their official visits today.

Washington, who prepped at Carroll HS in Monroe, said the Rebels were a "good fit" for him.

"I like the school spirit and the team spirit here," said Washington, who measured 6-5, 360 pounds. "Everyone is real close. The players made me feel like I was at home. I kind of felt all along I was going to go to Ole Miss, as I told you guys before, but I just had to come on my visit to make sure. I'm sure now."

Alex said another factor in his decision was Rebel Offensive Line Coach Art Kehoe.

"I love him. His enthusiasm for the game of football and the Ole Miss program is infectious. He's the kind of guy I want to play for. Some of the other players told me he is firm but fun and that's a good mix," Alex stated. "Coach Kehoe told me Ole Miss lost their left guard (Andrew Wicker) and that if I put my mind to it I could get some early playing time, but he told me I'd have to lose weight and work hard. He was honest with me."

Washington is already strong, but he said he needs to shed some pounds.

"I bench press 405 pounds and I squat 500 pounds now, but I will work hard to get stronger before I get to Ole Miss in June," he stated. "I also have to get my weight down to around 320. I've put on some extra weight over the holidays that I think I can take off with some work and discipline. I intend to do that to give myself the best chance for some early playing time.

"I just believe if I compete like I know I can and know I should, that I can help the OL real quickly."

Washington played for a pass-oriented offense at Carroll and says his pass blocking is the best part of his game.

"When you throw the ball as much as we did, you better learn to pass block," he laughed. "I thik my pass-blocking technique is good. I am also a pretty good run blocker, but all my techniques will have to be fine-tuned and polished for the next level, I'm sure."

Washington was recruited by Rebel RB Coach Frank Wilson.

"Coach Wilson is known by everyone in Louisiana. He's been on me the whole time and recruited me the hardest and the best," said Washington, who had offers from Grambling, ULM, Southern University and several others.

"I will take no more visits. I am committed to Ole Miss and happy about it," Washington closed.

Jean-Louis, a West Palm Beach (FL) native, has another visit planned to Kentucky, which he said he will honor, but he said his commitment to the Rebels is "solid."

"I'm going to Kentucky next weekend, but I will sign with Ole Miss and be here second semester," said the 6-2, 330-pounder. "I know this is the place I want to be."

Jean-Louis "fell in love" with Oxford and Ole Miss in just one day.

"I was hoping they were going to offer me," he said. "Coach (Ryan) Nielsen recruited me and told me this was a special place. He was telling the truth."

Mark went to Palm Beach Gardens HS in West Palm Beach and was named First-Team All-State in the AAAAAA classification - the highest in Florida - his senior year, he said.

From there, he went all the way across the country to Cerritos College in Cally.

He expects to be an offensive guard at Ole Miss.

"I have a low center of gravity, good footwork and good strength," said Mark. "I know I will have to learn some new techniques and get better at everything, but my strength will help me out. I feel once I lock on to a DL, I've got him."

Jean-Louis said his weight room numbers are good and getting better.

"I bench 410, squat 430 and power clean 340. I need to get my squat up and keep working on the other lifts, but I've got a good strength base to start with. I can't wait to get in Coach (Aaron) Ausmus' weight program to see how strong I can get," he noted.

With an offer from Kentucky in his pocket, and a visit planned there, why did he jump on the Rebs' offer?

"There were a lot of reasons. One, I like the coaching staff. They are all into it and you can tell they are close to having something special here," he began. "I liked the togetherness of the team. They are all on the same page and all want to take this program to the next level. I also believe I can play early because there is an opening from graduation on hte OL.

"And last, but not least, I love Coach Kehoe. He is one fired up dude. He's the kind of coach I want to play for."

Breaux is 6-0, 185 and a speedster with a national reputation in track.

While prepping at McDonough 35 in New Orleans, Breaux has already won back-to-back state titles in the 800 meter run, has a 47.5 400 time and a sub 21 200 meter time.

Lionel, who came to Oxford with his Father, also Lionel (Sr.), also ran a 4.41 40 and will concentrate more this spring on the 100 and 200 meter dashes in track.

"I like the atmosphere and what's going on up here," said Lionel, who said he also has written offers from LSU, Miami, Texas and Arkansas.

Breaux caught 33 passes for 1,100 yards as a wide receiver at McDonough his senior season. He scored 13 TDs and also handled punt and kickoff return duties.

"Speed is my biggest srength," Breaux said. "And I plan on getting faster.

The Rebels have 14 official visits on campus this weekend. Washington said four were interviewed by Coach O today because they have to leave early tomorrow. Three committed to the Rebels.

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