Recruiting: The Tight Ends

The tight end position was expected to be a force for the Ole Miss offense during the 2002 season. However, an injury to senior Doug Zeigler has reduced the production from the position. Sophomores Bo Hartsfield and Eric Rice have contributed this year while freshman Lawrence Lilly is redshirting. Nonetheless, recruiting never ends and every position requires new players to provide quality starters and depth. Consequently, the <I>Ole Miss Insider</I> takes a look at the 2003 prospects:

Brad Cottam (6-7/235) Evangelical Christian-Cordova, TN

Cottam runs like a receiver and has the frame to get much larger on a college strength and conditioning program. He also has excellent hands despite playing in an offense that does not feature the tight end. Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt have extended scholarship offers. Additionally, Cottam has an official visit set to Arkansas for January 10th. Ole Miss and Tennessee are the current leaders for Cottam.

Robert Hough (6-4/210) Provine HS-Jackson, MS

Hough is the brother of current Ole Miss player, Charlie Anderson. He is a versatile player who could also get a look at defensive end on the college level. Hough will need a redshirt season to get bigger and stronger for college level competition but he has the tools to develop into a solid contributor. Several programs are making a push for Hough but it would be a huge surprise if he did not join his brother in Oxford.

Dezmond Sherrod (6-3/230) Caledonia, MS

Sherrod is an instate prospect who has really blossomed during his senior season. He is also a good student with a 3.7 GPA and a 20 on the ACT. Sherrod attended summer football camps at Alabama and Mississippi State. He recorded a 35-inch vertical jump at the Alabama camp. Marshall and West Virginia have extended scholarship offers and Memphis, Mississippi State, and Southern Miss are also in the mix.

Kenny Williams (6-6/230) American HS-Hialeah, FL

Williams is an outstanding athlete with scholarship offers from Florida, Florida State, Ole Miss and Rutgers. American High School is 7-1 through eight games and Williams has contributed 15 receptions for 251 yards and two touchdowns. Williams has a 2.8 GPA and is scheduled to take the SAT this Saturday. He expects to make a decision on his college choice in January.

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