"Ole Miss came by my school last week, and they called me to the office," added Ira Smith. "I did not know what was going on. It is not normally a good thing to get called to the office, so I was in shock when I found out that Ole Miss had dropped by to see me."
was the first encounter between the Rebels and Ira.
"I had never heard
from them before. That is why I was so shocked. My teammate, CB Demond Washington,
he is going over there so I was hoping they would start recruiting me. I sent
them a highlight tape, and they told me that they just got my film and they liked
it. Coach Dickerson took it over to Coach Nutt and he liked it too, so they want
to bring me up there this weekend with Demond for a visit."
Long Beach running back does not know a whole lot about Ole Miss but he does know
"They have coach Nutt now, and they are going to a New
Year's Day bowl the first year he was there. They have turned it around up there."
else is involved?
"I have offers from UAB, North Texas, ULM, Louisville,
Has Smith taken any prior official visits?
went over to North Texas and La Tech, but our season just ended last weekend,
and I graduate next week, so I did not have time to take all of my visits."
schools are still under consideration?
"North Texas presents a good
situation for me. They need some immediate help at CB. La Tech is the same; they
need some help. I want to look at the depth chart at Ole Miss this weekend and
see how they do things. How the coaches and players get a long. It is mainly those
three schools right now."
Ira rushed for over 1, 600 yards as a senior
at Long Beach and was named the Harrison County Player of the Year for his play.
But the big time D1 colleges did not come calling so he inked with MS Gulf Coast
"I played strong safety last year. I played behind Andre Watson
(USM signee), but I did get in on the nickel and dime plays. Then in the offseason,
they moved me over to cornerback. I had to learn how to play corner, but I got
better as the season went along. I finished the season with 60 tackles, 2, int's,
and 14 pass breakups."
To view Ira's highlights from his sophomore
campaign at MS Gulf Coast CC, click
Juco CB headed to Ole Miss this weekend
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