June 6, 2010

Notes: Prewitt gets UM offer, Brassell builds bonds

OXFORD, Miss. -- Cody Prewitt arrived in Oxford on Saturday believing he could earn a scholarship offer from Ole Miss.

When the four-star athlete from Bay Springs (Sylva Bay), Miss., ran a 4.47-second 40-yard dash and then posted a 32-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot broad jump, he figured that offer was imminent.

Still, when it arrived, Prewitt admitted "it was kind of shocking. Everybody told me it coming, but it was still amazing to actually get it."

Now that he has the offer he's been waiting on, Prewitt probably won't wait long to make a commitment.

"(Ole Miss) is at the very top," Prewitt said. "I'm ready to commit to them. I'm going to wait and have a talk with (Ole Miss) Coach (Houston) Nutt about it sometime in the next couple of days. I like the atmosphere, the coaching staff, the way they coach. I love everything about it. I love the academics. I love everything about it."

Prewitt worked on defense on Saturday before moving to offense on Sunday.

"I was a little more comfortable on offense simply because I'm not used to playing the safety position as much," Prewitt said.

HUTSON FEELS COMFORTABLE: Destrehan, La., four-star offensive lineman Ethan Hutson picked up an Ole Miss offer on Friday, and that made for a more comfortable camp experience, he said Sunday.

"I still had to push hard," Hutson said. "But I just kept going, knowing it was going to be all right. I got beat in one-on-ones once and I was mad, but having that offer made camp easy, I think."

Hutson, who measured 6-foot-4 and 289 pounds, is likely going to play center at the college level. If the amount of time spent with Hutson's family was any indication, Ole Miss coaches want him to spend those years in Oxford. Still, the Rebels' coaches applied no pressure over the weekend, Hutson said.

"They told me to take my time, talk to some other people and if Ole Miss is the place, then Ole Miss is the place," said Hutson, who said he's hoping to make a decision in mid-July.

"(Ole Miss) is pretty high," Hutson said. "Pretty high."

MILLER MAKES MOST OF SHORT TIME: Fulton, Miss., quarterback Maikhail Miller didn't get to Oxford until Saturday night due to a delay at Dallas-Fort Worth airport Saturday afternoon. Still, Miller said he was pleased with his performance and happy he got a chance to work with four-star wide receivers Nickalos Brassell and Donte Moncrief.

"I like Nick's route-running, but Donte had the best hands," Miller said.

Miller, who checked out UCLA, USC and Stanford last week, said he doesn't "really have any favorites" following his stay in Oxford.

"I just went out there for training purposes and I got back here, so I don't have a leader," Miller said. "(Ole Miss' coaches) said I did really well."

BRASSELL MAKES BONDS: Brassell had a smile on his face throughout the weekend, whether he was working at wide receiver or occasionally at cornerback. That could have been due to some friendships he was building with fellow campers Moncrief, Jermaine Whitehead, T.J. Worthy and Joseph Morrow.

Still, Brassell said "everything's pretty much even. I'm just trying to enjoy (the process)."

Brassell said he doesn't plan to announce a decision until closer to signing day in February.

MONCRIEF GLAD HE CAME: At one point last week, it appeared Moncrief wasn't going to come to Ole Miss' camp. Rather, he was considering accompanying fellow four-star wide receiver Tobias Singleton on a weekend tour to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

"I'm glad I got to play with some of my friends -- Niko (Brassell), Jermaine Whitehead and T.J. Worthy. We got to get together."

Moncrief said he felt he did well in Oxford, adding that he improved his route-running and his understanding of how to play against different coverage styles.

Moncrief said he also strengthened his relationships with the Rebels' coaching staff, particularly wide receivers coach Ron Dickerson Jr.

"I'm getting to know them better," Moncrief said. "They're telling me good things, and I like it."

Moncrief said Ole Miss stands in a "strong" position in his recruiting.

"They're doing a good job with my recruiting and showing me a lot of love," said Moncrief, who said he plans to wait until signing day to make a decision.

HALL PLAYS NEW ROLE: Ole Miss is still recruiting Russellville, Ark., offensive tackle Mitch Hall following his commitment late last month, but over the weekend, Hall was doing some recruiting of his own, talking whenever he could to the Jackson (Callaway), Miss., duo of Aaron Morris and Justin Bell.

"We were talking about it and I was trying to get them to come up here, but I don't know what's going to happen," Hall said. "I think they're looking at it. I think they're going to."

WORTHY EXPECTING GOOD NEWS: Despite being somewhat hampered by a groin strain, Worthy said he felt he did what he needed to do earn a scholarship offer from Ole Miss this weekend.

"The coaches love me and (Dickerson) said for me to call him tonight," Worthy said, adding that if he gets an offer from the Rebels, "they're my No. 1."

Worthy, a 6-2, 180-pounder, hinted that Brassell and Moncrief told him they "wanted to come" to Ole Miss during some of their talks during the weekend. "If all of us came to the same school, I think we'd be unstoppable."

MORRIS BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS: Morris, a four-star prospect, said Ole Miss is close to the top for his services, though Mississippi State and Alabama are clearly factors.

"I like (Ole Miss') coaches," Morris said. "They've got great facilities, a great campus. I like the way it feels up here."

Alabama, Morris said, wants him to visit Tuscaloosa on June 19.

COKER HOPING FOR UM OFFER: Mobile (St. Paul's), Ala., quarterback Jacob Coker showed a strong, accurate arm for the second straight day on Sunday. However, he left Oxford without an offer, though he's hopeful one could still be coming his way.

"They said they can't just throw one out there for a quarterback; they've got to see them all," Coker said. "So I'm just waiting until they figure out who's best."

Coker said he's looking at Ole Miss, Tennessee, Louisville, Florida State and Duke. If the Rebels offered, Coker said, "they'd definitely be in the top two or three. That's for sure."

Coker, who measured 6-foot-5 and 207 pounds with a 4.92-second 40-yard dash, said he would like to make a decision before his senior season begins if possible.

DOLLARWAY CONNECTION STRIKING AGAIN?: Ole Miss has dipped into Dollarway High School in Pine Bluff, Ark., each of the last two years, signing tight end Ferbia Allen and wide receiver Jesse Grandy. The Rebels could be on the verge of doing it again, as they've stepped up their pursuit of running back Treyvon Daniels.

The 6-foot-1, 270-pound Daniels ran a 4.7-second 40-yard dash on Saturday and caught the football well out of the backfield.

"I really liked the camp and the coaches and I feel like I really performed well for the coaches," Daniels said. "I've been up here a couple of times. I really like the coaching. I love the coaching. Jesse just brags on them all the time."

Daniels said the Rebels' coaches told him they were tempted to offer him Sunday but they want to "get a couple of questions answered" first. Daniels said the Rebels' coaches compared him to former Arkansas fullback Peyton Hillis, adding that they want to use him as a fullback who could do a variety of things in the offense.

"As long as win," Daniels said, adding that the Rebels are competing with Arkansas, Tulsa, Kansas, Kansas State, LSU and Duke for his signature.

If Ole Miss offered, Daniels said, "they'd be No. 1. There'd be high interest."

GRISWOLD TRIES NEW POSITION: Dumas, Ark., quarterback Darion Griswold worked at tight end on Sunday, a precursor to a position switch he'll likely make next fall.

"(Ole Miss) has been recruiting me hard," Griswold said. "They've been coming to the school and asking me if I would consider playing another position. I would like to play quarterback, but playing another position would be an experience and something I would do."

Griswold said he's also hearing from Louisiana Tech and Mississippi State.

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