Hargrave Coach Robert Prunty has been impressed with the way Ole Miss Coach Houston Nutt has "attacked" his players during this recruiting season.
"Coach Nutt has worked these kids hard, and he's already gotten two of them," said the veteran mentor of S Jared Mitchell and CB Julian Whitehead. "He's up here today (Tuesday) talking to three more of my guys.
"He understands these kids, who have played some JV teams of major colleges and other prep and military schools, can help him a lot. They are more seasoned than a freshman right out of high school. Take John Jerry and Peria Jerry, who I had here. They were ready to start when they got to Ole Miss. These kids he's signed and the ones he is after are the same way."
Well, almost. . . .
"I don't think Jared is an instant starter, but I bet you he starts for three years at Ole Miss," Prunty said of the 6-3, 190-pounder. "He's so long and he plays fast.
"He started four games for me and did a really good job, but he needs strength and more weight. He's so rangy and makes up so much ground. Just let him get a little stronger and bigger and he will do some damage to the wide receivers in the SEC. He loves contact, he just needs more to put behind his hits."
Prunty is certain that will get done, however, because of Mitchell's lineage.
"His brother (Lionel) plays corner at Alabama and his Dad (Stump) was an NFL running back," Prunty continued. "Jared has it in his genes and he understands hard work and sacrifice. He'll get it done."
Prunty does believe Whitehead can earn a starting slot immediately.
"I don't know the cornerback situation at Ole Miss, but Julian is going to push for a job and may win it. He's got great man cover skills, speed and hips. He can flip his hips in an instant and stay in full stride," Prunty noted. "He did a tremendous job for me and will only get better at Ole Miss."
Nutt is also recruiting RB Enrique Davis, WR Andrew "Drew" Harris and CB Josh Pleasant.
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