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Thursday, April 17, 2014

OM Recruiting Blog: Getting to know DJ Law

Versatility on the football is a good thing, especially in the case of Dacorius Law. The Haines City, Fla., product has primarily played running back, but he has the speed and the athleticism to fit in almost any spot.

His coach, Ron Johnson, felt like he could be a top-notch defensive back in time.

“His primary position was running back. There is a possibility he plays there. I think … to be honest with you, I think he is a Deion Sanders at cornerback,” Johnson said. “The thing about high school, you don’t meet up with a lot of passing teams like he’s going to see in the SEC. He wasn’t utilized there as much during his high schoolcareer, so we put him at running back so that we could use that type of athlete that he is.

“Once a kid gets into camp and with the way these coaches have turned Ole Miss around, who knows where they put him. They’re going to put him in the best position to help the football team because he can do a lot of things. I’ve never seen a kid with God-given gifts like he has.”

Ole Miss has won 15 games the past two seasons under coach Hugh Freeze after having two seasons in which the Rebels won just six games. Law (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) experienced the same type of improvement at
Haines City. When Johnson took over, the team was 1-9. This past season, Haines City went 7-3.
“The thing about it is I just took over the football team. This has been a losing program at Haines City, and now that we’ve turned it around, he understands how teams can turn around very fast. He enjoys being a part of that type of project,” Johnson said. “The fact that Ole Miss has turned around drastically and now that Ole Miss is doing
good on that turnaround, he’s interested in being a part of that process.”

Ohio State, Utah, Marshall, Florida State, Purdue and Michigan State are just some of the schools that have either offered a scholarship or been by the school to check up on Law, who gave a verbal pledge to Utah in November. Tennessee is another school that has done a little more than just kick the tires with Law, and all have similar views of
his ability to play almost anywhere.
“Honestly it’s as an athlete,” Johnson said of what schools recruit Law as. “Ole Miss, of course, is going to recruit him as an athlete. They’ll put him in the best position to help their team win.”

Leadership wise, Johnson raved about how unselfish Law was to his teammates.
“He’s a kid, if a recruiter comes and talks to him, he’s going to speak more about the other kids. He’s more worried about somebody else than himself,” Johnson said. “It’s a situation to where if he has a brand new pair of shoes, and one of his teammates wants that pair of shoes, he’s going to take them off and let him have them. So he’s that
type of a kid, very unselfish.”

This past season, Law was selected to the first team on offense by The Ledger newspaper in Lakeland, Fla. He was second in Polk County in rushing with 1,275 yards and 13 touchdowns on 109 carries. He was also second in the county in scoring with 20 touchdowns and three 2-point conversions, good for 126 total points. As a junior, Law rushed for 1,034 yards and eight touchdowns. As a sophomore, he finished with just more than 500 yards on the ground.

Below is a link to Law’s highlights over the past two seasons. They were posted on YouTube.com by Sunshine Preps.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XTFU-VU6pA&list=PLs9CLkiOR7JW7dtjlP1nhjDYmcXHNAjph&index=1 (January 17, 2014)

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