I visited with Ole Miss signee Armani Linton Monday for a feature coming up for the print edition.
A four-star prospect from a small school at Walnut High, Linton is rated among the top 15 safeties in the country and the No. 5 player in Mississippi.
He’s been an active recruiter for Ole Miss not only since Signing Day but long before. He befriended recent Class of 16 quarterback commit Shea Patterson and took it upon himself to try and make Patterson as comfortable as possible with the idea of attending Ole Miss.
Linton says he gets good response with he pushes Ole Miss with prospects.
“After the season we had as a team with Ole Miss, everybody looks at Ole Miss as ‘Well, this is a big-name program, and I’m going to put them on my radar.’ They come to visit. If you don’t want your child to go to Ole Miss don’t let them go on a visit. They get to the Grove and it’s unreal. It’s something that can’t be beat by any other school in the country.
“Once I sell the Grove to them and go out and show them the atmosphere as far as the Game Day atmosphere they’re like, ‘OK, this is a school that I’m really interested in.’ Basically that’s what I did with Shea Patterson. He came down for the Auburn game. I showed him a few things. Then he came down for the junior day. I came and helped him out on the junior day and showed him around, stuff like that. He looked at it, and he realized what we’re going to do in the future. He jumped on the ship.”
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Linton is hopeful of playing time as a true freshman but says he won’t go to campus with the idea that he has to play next year.
“I’m up for helping the team. If red-shirting is going to help me and help the team numbers-wise then I’m up for it. The way (Hugh Freeze) talked to me, he says if I come in and I put in the work I’m supposed to I should be able to play as soon as I get there. We’re really thin at safety right now. Losing Cody Prewitt was big especially at free safety. He feels that me and CJ Hampton can come in and help them on that side.
“It’s every freshman’s dream to play as a true freshman. It’s big. You get known your first year on campus. You’re that freshman that’s, ‘I see his number on the field all the time.’ When you go to different places and you’re in class all the students know you and things like that.”