Marlon Walls discusses coaching change at OM

Scout.com's #15 nationally rated strong side linebacker committed to the Rebels two weeks back, and then on Saturday Ole Miss let go their head coach, Ed Orgeron.

"Well, I first head about it early Saturday morning," added Marlon Walls. "I saw it on ESPN and I called Greg Hardy. We are cool. We talked about it. Greg told me it was a shock to him and told me they had a team meeting the next day (Sunday). It was a shock to all of us. I figured he had until next year. It is a painful loss for all of us."

What are Marlon's feelings about the coaching change?

"I will be honest, me and O have built a close relationship. He has been recruiting me since my 10th grade summer. I will have to be honest, he was one of the main reasons I wanted to play for Ole Miss. I wanted to have a chance to play for Coach O. I love his coaching style."

Walls got a chance to speak with Rebel assistant, Hugh Freeze, who is now in charge of Ole Miss recruiting until a new head coach is hired.

"I spoke to Coach Freeze this morning. He was kind of stumbled on the loss too. They are real close too. He said to stick with Ole Miss and everything will come out good."

Will Walls stick with Ole Miss?

"If I were to stay with Ole Miss, Coach Freeze would be a part of it. I am real close to Coach Freeze like I am with Orgeron. I have also built a close relationship with a lot of the players who are going to Ole Miss, but if I stayed, Coach Freeze would be a big part of it. I am still committed to Ole Miss, but I want to see who they hire first."

What would Marlon like to see happen from here on out?

"First and foremost, I want to see Ole Miss hire a player's coach like Coach Orgeron. I want the new head coach to keep the recruits they have now. Me and Coach O were cool but so are me and Coach Freeze."

Have any schools approached Marlon since the news of Ed Orgeron?

""MSU has been trying to get in touch with me since Orgeron was let go. They got my number from my boy, K.J. Wright. He called me and said they are about to come after me real hard, but I am a Rebel at heart. I can not do anything about that."

In the meantime, Marlon is focusing on finishing his high school career with a State Championship.

"I had faith in my team and knew we would win that game. Starkville was a real tough team, but we were seeking revenge. They beat us 14-7 earlier in the year. We are just glad to get another chance against South Panola Friday. I think we are prepared mentally this time. We are fed up to losing to them. It is going to be a fight from the first play of the first quarter through out the game."

Marlon had 10 tackles and 1 forced fumble against Starkville which brings his total to a 118 tackles, 28 hurries, 9 sacks, and 7 forced fumbles.


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