By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
Ole Miss addressed its need for speed Wednesday.
On the first day of the December signing period, the Rebels landed four junior-college transfers, three of them on defense.
It was also learned that former Tupelo High School quarterback Chris Garrett is closer to finalizing a transfer to Ole Miss from Northwestern (La.) State of the Football Championship Sub-division, formerly known as Division I-AA. Garrett will join the program as a walk-on.
All five newcomers are expected to enroll in January and go through spring drills.
The junior-college transfers are safety Ivan Nicholas and defensive tackle Gilbert Pena, of ASA College in New York, City, cornerback Wesley Pendleton of Copiah-Lincoln Community College and quarterback Zack Stoudt of Iowa Western College.
A Jacksonville native who signed with South Florida out of high school, Nicholas had 13.5 tackles for loss last season.
Pendleton was an all-state track athlete at Natchez. He broke up 11 passes and intercepted three more for Co-Lin last season.
Stoudt, the son of former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Cliff Stoudt, is rated the No. 45 junior college prospect, the No. 3 quarterback, by Rivals.com. A 6-foot-5 pro-style passer, Stoudt signed with Louisville out of high school in Columbus, Ohio.
Garrett’s father, David Garrett, says Ole Miss is awaiting one transcript before Chris Garrett’s transfer is official.
Once a Mississippi State verbal commit, Garrett signed with LSU following the 2008 season and enrolled in January of 2009.
Garrett used his redshirt year at LSU, and will therefore lose a year of eligibility by transferring to Ole Miss where will have two seasons remaining after sitting out the 2011 season.
A pro-style quarterback, Garrett appeared in three games this season as a redshirt freshman at Northwestern State and was 6 for 13 for 24 yards passing with three interceptions and no touchdowns. He made no appearances at LSU.
As a high school senior Garrett was second-team all-state, completing 127 of 220 passes for 1,901 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also rushed for six touchdowns.
Mississippi State signs one
Mississippi State went one for two on junior college signings Wednesday.
Offensive tackle Joey Trapp gave the Bulldogs his signature on the first day of the juco signing period, adding immediate depth to a position of need.
Defensive end Lloy Allen (6-foot-4, 240 pounds), of Gulf Coast Community College, was expected to sign but did not, and he may not sign with MSU at all because of academic issues. He’s a three-star prospect, according to Scout.com.
Trapp (6-5, 289), a two-star from Los Angeles Harbor, will add depth to an offensive line that’s losing center J.C. Brignone and left tackle Derek Sherrod.
Brad Locke contributed to this story.