An academic decision at the University of Florida could end up increasing Ole Miss’ football roster by one standout player for the upcoming season. (July 6, 2012, Page 7A)
Offensive tackle Daronte Bouldin won’t get a chance to play quarterback his final season at Canton High School, but it’s not because he doesn’t have the arm strength or the athletic ability to get it done. (July 3, 2012, Page 6)
A comfortable feel with the coaching staff and campus has garnered another verbal commitment for Ole Miss’ 2013 football class at a much needed position. (June 29, 2012, Page 6A)
Water Valley offensive lineman Taylor Edwards didn’t expect to be playing at a Division I school when he first started playing football. Even though he has the size (6-foot-4, 280 pounds), strength and athletic ability college recruiters are looking for, Edwards didn’t think it was possible he would earn an athletic scholarship. His mindset changed this spring when Troy University offered him a scholarship. After visiting the Troy campus a couple of times and camping at some other schools such as Louisiana-Monroe, UAB and Memphis, Edwards decided Troy was the best fit for him in the future. (June 26, 2012, Page 6)
Hopefully, prospective college basketball recruits have added unlimited texting and more minutes to their cell phone plans if they didn’t have it already. Thanks to new legislation passed by the NCAA Division I Leadership Council, high school basketball prospects who have finished their sophomore year are now eligible to receive unlimited phone calls and texts from college basketball recruiters. The new rules started earlier this month after schools across the nation finally let loose for the summer. (more…) (June 26, 2012, Page 6)
Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss’ top target at defensive end for the 2103 class, verbally pledged to play for the Clemson Tigers Thursday. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound standout from Gayson High School in Logansville, Ga., is the consensus No. 1 ranked player in the nation and had offers from countless schools across the Southeast and nation. Nkemdiche, who has been timed at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash, arrived at Clemson for an unofficial visit Wednesday and he made his announcement via twitter and a day after his Grayson teammate, defensive back David Kamara, chose to play for Clemson and coach Dabo Swinney. Kamara (5-11, 185) also had an offer to play for Ole Miss. (more…) (June 15, 2012, Page 6A)
Heading into the 2012 MLB First-Year Players Draft, Jacob Waguespack spread the word it would take a very lucrative offer to pry him away from his commitment to play college ball at Ole Miss.
Professional teams took note and despite being projected as a potential early-round talent, the 6-foot-6, 215-pound right-handed pitcher slid to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 37th round. (June 14, 2012, Page 6)
COLUMN: It’s hard to really predict how the Ole Miss Rebels will fare on the gridiron the next couple of seasons until we see how much the players have absorbed what Hugh Freeze and his staff have started to teach them in a live-game situation.
Coaching changes bring positive energy to the fans and players and a lot of people in between, but it’s hard to really know how everything is going to look and work out when a new system hasn’t truly been unveiled. (more…) (June 6, 2012, Page 1B)
Signing fast players has been the main objective of coaches in the Southeastern Conference for years.
Athletes that can change the momentum of a contest in the blink of an eye are highly coveted every signing class and it’s very unlikely that will ever change. (more…) (June 1, 2012, Page 7A)