COLUMN: Canton High School’s Keontre Anderson came to Ole Miss’ first football camp of the summer this past Saturday with the goal of impressing the coaching staff. While the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Anderson has already been recruited by the staff, Anderson wanted to see how the staff treated players and how he fit into the defensive scheme.
“I want to see which place makes me feel at home,” said Anderson, a defensive end prospect who could end up playing outside linebacker due to his rangy size. “Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Tennessee are showing the most interest in me. They tell me this is the place I’ll feel at home and the coaches there treat me well.”
Anderson is being directly recruited to Ole Miss by Derrick Nix. According to Anderson, the relationship between he and Nix is very good.
“They’re interested in me very high here. They love me, all the coaches and everybody just love me,” said Anderson, who was ranked as the 15th-best player in the state by Rivals.com coming out of the spring.
Last season, Ole Miss signed one of the state’s top-rated offensive tackles from Canton in Daronte Bouldin.
“He’s like my brother, but I’ve got to make my own decision,” Anderson said. “He doesn’t really have an impact right now.”
Heading into his senior season, Anderson wanted to improve his explosion, hand movements and getting better and shedding blocks. Anderson said that he hadn’t set a date as to when he wanted to make a decision on a school and then said “it was coming kind of soon.”
Last season, Anderson was credited with 47 tackles, according to Maxpreps.com and 28 sacks, good for 3.5 sacks per game. The Tigers went 5-7, losing 38-0 in the first round of the MHSAA Class 5A playoffs to West Point.
Another defensive lineman that has Ole Miss high on his board is Elisha Shaw of Tucker (Ga.) High. The 6-6, 305-pound Shaw was in Oxford over the weekend watching camp and hanging out with some of the incoming Ole Miss players such as defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, who took a picture with Shaw inside the IPF.
Shaw tweeted the picture on his account and then, after leaving Oxford, he tweeted “Ole Miss is my leader,” a significant development for the Rebels considering he had listed Alabama and Georgia as his top two schools.
Auburn, another school that is in hot pursuit of Shaw, was the other team that Shaw had previously listed as one of his top choices.
Shaw plays both offensive and defensive line for the Tigers, although recruiting services rate him higher as a defensive tackle; Rivals.com has Shaw listed as the eighth-best in the nation for the 2014 class. Shaw is ranked as the No. 3 tackle by both 247Sports.com and Scout.com. Shaw has been chosen to play in the annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Last season Shaw was credited with 10 sacks and 76 tackles by Maxpreps.com. (June 5, 2013, Page 7A)