Wide Receiver: C
Ole Miss was able to land some serious speed in Horatio Williams (10.5, 100 meter) and much needed height in Andrew Harris (6' 2") and Melvin Harris (6' 7") but they were not able to land a proven commodity, outside of Andrew Harris, as Horatio and Melvin are more "upside" signees than anything else.
The Rebels did not graduate any of the receivers who were in their 6 man rotation last year so it was not a "need" position, but they did want to add some height to the rotation and Melvin Harris will definitely help them in this category. The problem with Harris is that he did not earn the starting job at Buford until his senior season, so more than likely there will be a transition period before he can truly make an impact on the SEC level. But once he does go through the rigors of the SEC, and add some muscle to that long and lanky body frame, you can see there is a lot of potential in the young man down the road.
Andrew Harris has a chance to come in and give them some immediate help due to the experience he garnered at Hargrave and playing against top caliber defensive backs. Harris was a big catch for Ole Miss as he signed with West Virginia out of high school but opened up his recruitment when Coach Rodriguez left to take the head coaching job at Michigan. Harris' finalist were Ole Miss, Virginia, Temple, and Oregon.
Horatio Williams brings that "track" element and hopefully he can be another Michael Wallace when he goes through the transition period. Horatio will also need to bulk up before he is ready for SEC play.
Andrew Harris (WR, Hargrave, VA) - Signed with West Virginia in 2007, but did not enroll ... Played at Hargrave Military Academy in 2007, where he recorded over 40 receptions and three TDs ... Rated the No. 44 postgraduate player in the nation by Scout.com ... Coached by Robert Prunty ... HIGH SCHOOL: Earned first team All-Pinellas County honors as a senior, second team as a junior and honorable mention honors as a sophomore ... Honorable mention All-State honors as a junior and senior from the Florida Sportswriters Association ... Caught 32 passes for 877 yards and nine TDs as a senior ... Pinellas County Receiver of the Year ... Ranked No. 13 on the St. Petersburg Times' Top 25 recruits list .... A three-year starter for Coach Dan Mancuso at St. Petersburg Catholic ... Also lettered in basketball.
Houston Nutt Quote:
"Wide receiver, we have got three or four very good receivers. They are fast and tall. Andrew Harris is 6-2 1/2, and is from military prep Hargrave. He can go up and get the ball and is very disciplined in his routes. We think Andrew can come in here and give our QB's some immediate help."
Coach Robert Prunty Quote:
"Andrew will come into that program and turn heads from day one. He is all of 6' 2 1/2", 200. He first committed to West Virginia. This is a great player, an immediate impact type player. Andrew runs great routes and is very physical. He catches the ball so well too. Andrew has great hands and knows how to catch the ball."
Melvin Harris (WR, Buford, GA) - Helped lead his team to a 15-0 record and the 2A state championship as a senior ... Earned first team 2A All-State honors from the Georgia Sports Writers Association .... Rated as the No. 87 WR in the nation by Scout.com ... Caught 30 passes for 660 yards and eight TDs as a senior ... Coached in high school by Jess Simpson ... Also plays basketball.
Houston Nutt Quote
"Melvin Harris is another guy. When you get a guy from Atlanta, Ga., that is about 6-7, is very smooth, fast and very sure-footed, he reminds me a lot of Marcus Monk."
Horatio Williams (WR, Oxford, MS) - A PrepStar All-Region selection ... Named to The Clarion-Ledgers Top 40 recruits list ... Ranked the No. 22 player in Mississippi by SuperPrep and named to the SuperPrep All-Region team ... Rated the No. 15 player in Mississippi and the No. 53 athlete in the nation by Rivals.com ... Ranked the No. 25 player in Mississippi by Scout.com ... Caught 29 passes for 580 yards and five TDs as a junior ... Grabbed 39 passes for 788 yards and 6 TDs as a senior ... Won a state track and field championship in the 200 meters as a junior ... Earned first team All-Region honors as a senior ... Coached in high school by Johnny Hill.
Wide receiver, we have got three or four very good receivers. They are fast. I will start near here with Horatio Williams from Oxford High School. He is a 10.5 100-meter runner. He is very quick and Im glad he is on our football team.
The one who got away:
Obviously the one who gets the most pub was 5 star DeAndre Brown. DeAndre was practically wrapped up before the dismissal of Tony Hughes, but the one who had his grades that might sting the most is 4 star Tommy Streeter.
Tommy's father had a a prior personal relationship with Coach Dickerson, and the Rebels were ever so close to landing the young man. Mr. Streeter thought it was best for his son to leave the Miami environment. If Tommy would have ever made it in on his scheduled official visit, which the Rebel staff thought he was in the air on his way to Oxford, the chances would have been very good that he would have inked with Ole Miss. But Miami talked him out of the visit right before he was boarding to leave on his visit and now the rest is history.