July 23, 2011

Notes: North Louisiana duo love return trip to UM

OXFORD, Miss. -- Ole Miss liked what it saw from Kentrell Brice and Cyril Noland during the Rebels' elite camp last month.

Still, Ole Miss wanted to see more, so the Rebels' coaching staff asked the Ruston, La., duo to return to Oxford Saturday for Ole Miss' senior camp. Both defensive backs did just that, and both had strong performances on a blazing hot day in north Mississippi.

Brice, who committed to Missouri earlier this summer, said Ole Miss defensive backs coach Keith Burns told him to call him later this week.

"Hopefully they'll give me an offer, and I can take it in and soak it all in," Brice said. "It's nice."

Brice, who visited Missouri recently for the first time, said if the Rebels do extend a scholarship offer, "they would stand very good, like great with me. They've been talking to me. I've been up here a lot. I'd just do a lot of thinking about it and things like that."

Brice, a 6-foot-1, 178-pounder who is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 31 prospect in Louisiana, said the Ole Miss coaching staff "is real cool. They're real straightforward and they don't beat around the bush. The coaches are really nice. I just feel they have a great program and it's a good thing."

Noland, meanwhile, was emphatic following Saturday's workout. If Ole Miss offers, the 6-foot, 193-pound safety plans to accept it immediately.

"I came back for a second go-round because I like the school and (Ole Miss safeties coach/recruiting coordinator Chris Vaughn) told me my footwork and ball skills are great. He said the only thing he's waiting on is to see if I can transfer it to the field and hit somebody."

Noland said the Rebels indicated they plan to scout one of the Bearcats' first games and make a final evaluation.

"If they offer, I'll take it," Noland said. "I'd take it. I'm getting a really good vibe from the coaches. They're being honest with me about everything and that's what I'm looking for. Coach (Houston) Nutt is a family guy and he knows what he's looking for."

BROWN GETTING TO KNOW REBELS: Linebacker Richie Brown didn't work out at Ole Miss' camp Saturday. The Long Beach, Miss., standout has already proven his worth to the Rebels' coaches.

However, Brown did make the trip from Starkville _ where he camped at Mississippi State Friday _ to Oxford Saturday to visit with the Rebels' coaching staff. Brown visited with Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt, defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix and defensive line coach Terry Price Saturday afternoon before returning home to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

"We were just having fun," Brown said of his stop in Oxford. "I was hanging out with the players. I visited with (former Ole Miss star/Baltimore Ravens left tackle) Michael Oher and talked with him for a good while and talked about how he liked his time at Ole Miss. I talked to the players about how they feel about the school. I was just kind of interacting with them."

Brown said he has no established timetable for a decision, though he said he likely will wait until after his senior season and after he's taken several official visits. Brown said Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Mississippi and LSU stand out as schools showing major interest. Brown said Ole Miss' delay in offering him "is not a big deal," adding that the Rebels have made it "very clear" that he's a priority.

During his time in Oxford Saturday, Brown had Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt sign a copy of Saturday's (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger, an issue that featured Nutt on the front of the sports section as well as a photo of Brown accompanying a story recognizing Brown as a member of the newspaper's "Dandy Dozen."

ROBISON MAKES HIS CASE: Memphis (Christian Brothers), Tenn., defensive end Chase Robison ran a 4.71-second 40-yard dash (laser-timed) Saturday and weighed in at 228 pounds.

"(Ole Miss' coaches) were impressed," Robison said. "It was all about coming down here and showing if I was as fast as I said I was online and do I weigh what I weigh."

Robison said he left Oxford without a scholarship offer, but he said the Rebels' staff told him they'd get back to him pretty soon. If Ole Miss offers, Robison said, "they'd be my No. 1."

LEGACY CHECKS OUT DAD'S OLD STOMPING GROUNDS: Tallahassee (Leon), Fla., wide receiver Jaren Colston-Green, the son of former Ole Miss and NFL star Willie Green. Colston-Green worked at both wide receiver and cornerback, and he said the Rebels seemed to be most interested in him on the defensive side of the ball.

"I need to work on my footwork," Colston-Green said. "I'm really good at jamming."

Colston-Green has an offer from Florida A&M and a verbal offer from Middle Tennessee State. Ole Miss, Colston-Green said, plans to follow the 6-foot-1, 165-pounder through his senior season.

"It's so beautiful around here," Colston-Green said. "The people are so nice around here."

CAMP NUGGETS Tupelo, Miss., athlete Ashton Shumpert worked out at Ole Miss Saturday, and it's becoming clear the battle for the rising junior standout will be an Egg Bowl clash. "I've gotten real interested in Ole Miss and State," Shumpert said. "Both of them are close to home. Ole Miss is getting good and State is too." …Shumpert's teammate, wide receiver Josh Hamilton said he ran a 4.5-second 40-yard dash Saturday, adding that Ole Miss' staff told him they plan to check him out this season. "I think they'll offer me," Hamilton said. "They like me a lot." …Memphis (St. Benedict), Tenn., junior running back Jordan Wilkins ran a 4.5-second 40-yard dash and picked up an offer from Ole Miss. The Rebels, Wilkins said, have emerged as very early favorite. "It's close to home and those running backs are leaving," Wilkins said, adding he's a year away from a decision. "It looks like I'd have quick playing time here." …Columbus (New Hope), Miss., tight end Lawrence Brown said Ole Miss coaches gave him a couple of tips regarding his game and told him they'd be watching him early this season. "They're up there along with some of the other ones," Brown said. "They're definitely a school I'm considering." …Summit (North Pike), Miss., defensive linemen Vernon Butler and A.J. Jefferson camped at Ole Miss Saturday. Both players left Oxford before they could be reached for comment. Jefferson, a source said, is a "no-brainer," referring to the Rebels' pecking order at defensive end. Ole Miss has not yet offered Butler. …Columbia, Mo., tight end Austin Ray worked out Saturday afternoon after originally planning not to do so on his return trip to Ole Miss. Ray plans to check out Louisville before making a final decision prior to the start of his senior season.

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