By John Davis, Oxford Citizen
With the exception of two players, every member of the 2014 Ole Miss football signing class has gained or met initial eligibility requirements and are currently taking summer classes.
Matt Ball, the senior associate athletics director for compliance, said junior college cornerback Tee Shepard and defensive tackle Chris Williams were the exceptions.
“I think everyone else is here and in the second summer session,” Ball said. “My goal is to have everything in line (for Shepard and Williams) when the team reports at the beginning of August. We’ll see.”
Shepard, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound native of Fresno, Calif., is working on completing his associate’s degree from Holmes Community College. Shepard was rated as the nation’s top junior college cornerback by 247Sports.com after garnering 54 tackles, one interception and six pass breakups in his lone season at Holmes.
Shepard, who signed with Notre Dame out of high school, wasn’t expected to be with the team for workouts during the summer. “He’s been working hard from what I understand and hopefully everything will done and wrapped up when he’s ready to come,” Ball said. “If he doesn’t make it for the very beginning of camp, he can join a week in. It’s not ideal, but it’s better than not at all.”
Williams (6-1, 287) signed with the Rebels out of Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, Ga. Ball said his issue didn’t revolve around test scores. Williams’ case is eligibility finalizing his situation, Ball said.
“I think it’s more looking at his academic transcripts and evaluating everything and then giving us an answer on that,” Ball said.
For more on the interview with Ball, including an update on the transfer of offensive lineman Christian Morris, see Thursday’s Oxford Citizen or oxfordcitizen.com