Bulldogs, Rebels receive verbal commitments

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OXFORD – Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze received a verbal commitment from Tyrone, Ga., running back Eric Swinney on Friday.

Swinney becomes the Rebels’ fifth commitment for the class of 2015. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound speed back chose the Rebels over Auburn and Tennessee and also had an offer from Alabama.

Rivals.com rates him the No. 6 running back in the country, the No. 65 overall player.

“I loved the environment, the attitude of the coaches, and it’s a beautiful place. I can see myself liking it there both as a football player or just as a student,” Swinney told Woody Wommack of Rivals.com.

Swinney rushed for almost 1,300 yards in helping Sandy Creek High School to an 11-1 record last year, his junior season.


Mississippi State added a quarterback to its 2015 class Thursday night as Mesquite, Texas signal caller Chason Virgil joined the fold.

The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder threw for 1,440 yards, 11 touchdowns and three interceptions while adding 298 yards on the ground with three more scores.

Virgil chose the Bulldogs over offers from Arizona State, Auburn, Boise State, Clemson, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Nebraska, SMU, Toledo and UCLA.

The three-star prospect is listed as the No. 18 pro-style quarterback by 247Sports.com. Virgil is MSU’s 12 commitment in the class and plans to enroll in January 2015.

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