Packer commits to Rebels!

The Rebels got their fifth commitment of the week this morning from Moss Point defensive lineman Willie Packer, a 6-2, 265-pounder. Read about it inside.

Willie Packer gets high praise from his Moss Point Defensive Line Coach Vincent Norvel.

"He's the best we have had here since Muskegan Barnes who played at LSU," said Norvel. "He can do it all and he just turned 18 years old."

Packer, said Norvel, committed to Ole Miss this morning and the reason was simple - Rebel Coach Ed Orgeron and his expertise as a DL coach.

"Coach O is the best defensive line coach in America and that's who Willie wanted to play for," Norvel said. "When we go to Ole Miss for a coaches clinic, we learn more in one day about DL play from him than we do in three or four days at other places. The man is unbelievable and Willie knows that. That's why he wants to go to Ole Miss, because he knows he can get the most out of his talent working with Coach O and Coach (Ryan) Nielsen.

"Willie also likes the school and wants to major in criminal justice. He wants to be a State Trooper one day."

Packer, who is currently 6-2, 265 pounds, registered 68 tackles, 7 QB sacks, 12 hurries, caused 6 fumbles and recovered a pair of fumbles as a junior for Moss Point.

"Willie is excellent against the run, but where he really excels in in the pass rush. He's tremendous rushing the QB," said Coach Norvel. "I'm not sure where he will end up in college, but I know he could hold 20 more pounds. At 285, I think he would be an unblockable DT, but he could also play DE because he's got great quickness and runs a 4.8 40.

"It's hard to predict with an 18-year old, but wherever he ends up he will be very good. For a young kid, he's so strong," Norvel noted. "And he's a very, very smart football player. You tell him something once and he's got it. He does well in the classroom and is realy a dream for any coach to be associated with. Hard worker, bright and talented. He makes coaching easy."

Packer - who is a Top 300 recruit in the country - currently bench presses 350 pounds and squats 475.

"I can do better in both. I will be over 400 when I get to Ole Miss in the bench. That's my goal," said Packer.

Packer was offered by Tennessee and Mississippi State, but decided to end his recruitment early because he knew where he wanted to go to college from the start.

"I communicate with the coaches there so well. I love the defensive staff and what they are trying to do there. I can promise you good things are on the horizon for Ole Miss and the Rebel defense," Packer added. "I knew all along I want to play for Coach O and Coach Neilsen and Coach Thompson. No question about it."

Packer said he'll only have one goal in the next year.

"I'm going to do everything I can to help Moss Point win and then I'm going to do everything I can to prepare for college ball," he declared. "I know I can do everything better than I am doin it now and intend to work hard to reach all my potential."

Packer had a message for the Ole Miss faithful as well.

"Tell them I love their school and will be there soon. I can't wait!" he closed.

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