BLOG — A prior relationship with Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze and a chance to play for a Southeastern Conference school a mere 45 miles from home was too much for Senatobia’s Quintavius Burdette to pass up.The Senatobia athlete is the latest verbal pledge for the Rebels, who have made a push late in the recruiting process to sign players from the state, specifically versatile players who could help in all three phases. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Burdette, who was committed to Arkansas State prior to his official visit to Ole Miss this weekend, is a perfect candidate to play defense, return kicks and even play some offense in a pinch for the Rebels, who are short on dynamic playmakers.
Burdette played quarterback for the Warriors the past couple of seasons, but his ability to run — he runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds — has many thinking he could see time as a wideout or covering wideouts as a cornerback or safety.
SHS coach Phil Oakley said former Ole Miss wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer liked Burdette’s athletic ability and was interested in extending him an offer when he was under former coach Houston Nutt. Oakley said Burdette committed to Arkansas State this summer after hitting it off with Freeze. When Freeze was hired at Ole Miss, Burdette told Oakley he wanted to go where Freeze ended up.
“He kind of fell in love with Coach Freeze,” Oakley said. “You got to understand what a great kid he is. He’s sitting there with a 3.8 (grade point average) and he’s made an 18 on his ACT. He’s going to do what he needs to get it done and he loves to compete.”
For more on Burdette’s commitment and the 2012 Ole Miss signing class, see Monday’s Sports section. (January 29, 2012)