By Parrish Alford / NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – There was no shortage of recruiting news for Ole Miss last week, most of it good.
The Rebels picked up two big commitments Tuesday in Philadelphia linebacker C.J. Johnson, a Rivals.com five-star recruit considered the state’s top prospect, and South Louisiana cornerback Floyd Raven, a four-star recruit.
The bad news in Ole Miss recruiting also came on Tuesday when four-star Madison Central wide receiver Tobias Singleton, already a Rebels verbal commit, was charged for misdemeanor domestic violence and felony malicious mischief. Singleton is accused of striking his former girlfriend and helping cause damage to her mother’s car. No court date has been set.
The two biggest remaining targets for Ole Miss include South Panola wide receiver Nick Brassell and Amanda Elzy cornerback Jermaine Whitehead.
Though Ole Miss coaches feel strong in their position with Brassell, the player is visiting Alabama this weekend.
Whitehead has said he’ll announce a decision on Wednesday, national signing day. Ole Miss is believed to be in good position with Whitehead as well, though Miami made a late push this week, and Whitehead’s high school coach created a mini-controversy with his overwhelmingly positive comments regarding the Miami program.
Some of the comments Amanda Elzy coach Eric House made to a website devoted to coverage of the Hurricanes include this: “Miami can just open up so many other doors for him as far as being on a national stage. There’s a prestige about being a Hurricane. They can bring a lot of national attention to him. I really feel that deep down inside he wants to make the jump.”
After the story appeared online, House said he did not believe his comments should be interpreted as favoring Miami as Whitehead’s destination but that he was simply being “hospitable” to a school that had traveled so far to recruit one of his players.
Though Raven is considered a big pick-up, the Rebels would love to land Whitehead at a position of need on defense.
The Ole Miss staff is hosting a handful of prospects this weekend, perhaps the biggest target among them being Lithonia, Ga., linebacker Cedrick Cooper, a three-star prospect who is considered to be leaning to Arkansas.
Wednesday is national signing day, the first-day prospects can sign binding scholarship papers with NCAA institutions.
Contact Parrish Alford at 678-1600