By Parrish Alford
In his postgame press confrence after his team’s 44-23 win over Texas, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said he was pleased that fans could leave the Lone Star state with a sense of pride.
He’s also pleased that his coaches can return home the same way.
With no game this weekend Ole Miss players were given Friday and Saturday off. Coaches remained at work, hitting the recruiting trail, two of them – Tom Allen and Jason Jones – in the state of Texas.
The dual presence in Texas is not a result of Saturday’s win. Allen and Jones were headed there anyway.
“But they’ll have a little more pep in their step when they walk in those schools,” Freeze said.
A three-touchdown road win over a tradition-rich program generated a very positive response from prospects when Freeze and his staff made phone calls early in the week, he said.
The staff will use 12 of its 42 evaluation days this week.
There aren’t that many spots left to fill in the 2014 class. Coming off a consensus top 10 class a year ago, the current class has 20 commits and is ranked No. 9 by Rivals.com.
Teams can offer 25 scholarships a year, and Freeze wants to be careful with his final five spots.
One he’s hoping to add is a Texan, Jamal Adams, a 6-foot safety with 4.4 speed. Adams is rated by Rivals as the No. 4 player in Texas, the No. 29 player in the nation.
Freeze credited the “natural ins” he had with a number of last year’s recruits in helping lure them to Ole Miss.
He has a “natural in” with Crete, Ill., inside linebacker Nyles Morgan, rated the No. 2 player in Illinois, the No. 73 player in the nation. Ole Miss sophomore cornerback Anthony Standifer and freshman wide receiver Laquon Treadwell also attended Crete’s Monee High School.
The Rebels have had a lot of success in Georgia through the years, and Freeze hopes he can land Kendarius Webster, a three-star cornerback from Stockbridge, who is also drawing lots of interest from LSU and Florida State as well as home-state school Georgia.
“When you win a game like that (at Texas) it never hurts you,” Freeze said. “We’ve sent out a lot of people, and we’ll get a lot of work done.”