By John Davis, Oxford Citizen
Oxford wide receiver DK Metcalf was back on the basketball court ready to play for the Chargers again. He was also gearing up for the final few weeks of football recruiting, and excited about his class coming together.
Metcalf played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl this past weekend. The experience was everything he thought it would be. And more.
“Just hanging out with all the great players from around the nation, I got to make some new friends. It was real good,” Metcalf said who got to know California linebacker Mique Juarez during the week. “He did the Landshark. That surprised me. I wanted to jump up and down, but we were on opposite teams. It made me excited. I talked to his dad the night before and he said they like the family atmosphere at Ole Miss.”
For the record, Juarez posted on his Twitter account Wednesday evening that his top three schools are Ole Miss, Alabama and UCLA.
“Ole Miss is a special school and if somebody from California thinks that and they can move and like it, you got to think you have a real shot,” Metcalf said of Juarez.
Some of the other recruits that Metcalf bonded with that were headed to other schools told him that they couldn’t wait to play the Rebels in 2016.
“I talked to a lot of Florida State guys and they said they can’t wait to play us in the first game of the season next year,” Metcalf said.
The last weekend of the month will be the biggest for recruits to visit Oxford. Metcalf will take part in the visit. He said offensive tackle Greg Little is coming. Of course quarterback Shea Patterson will also be there. Metcalf said Patterson, who was named MVP of the U.S. Army game, moves to Oxford for good today.
Metcalf is going to help the coaches recruit, especially one more wide receiver. Mykel Jones of Patterson, Louisiana is a top target for the Rebels. Jones (6-1, 190) is down to Alabama, Tennessee and Ole Miss and he will be in Oxford Jan. 29-31.
“I have also talked with Tre Nixon a lot. He’s going to be here this next weekend (Jan. 22-24). I’m going to talk with him because you just can’t do it with just one receiver,” Metcalf said. “You have to have a class of receivers.”
As for Patterson, Metcalf smiled wide about the way his future signal caller played in San Antonio.
“He tore it up. I was mad that we (East) lost, but that’s my teammate, so it made me excited for him,” Metcalf said.
The results for Metcalf were limited. He was targeted a few times, but no catches. He said there were a few miscues on routes and plays.
“If we would have just been clicking from the get go, I believe we would have had a shot at winning,” Metcalf said. “(West) came out with trick plays all over the place. We didn’t really practice any trick plays. That’s pretty much it.”