RECRUITING NOTEBOOK: College ‘crazy season’ arrives

JOHN LUKE McCORD

JOHN LUKE McCORD

The recruiting “crazy season” has arrived. Meridian four-star safety C.J. Hampton welcomed the season on Friday afternoon by re-committing to Ole Miss.

Yes, re-committing.

Hampton committed to the Rebels before his junior season, de-committed in recent weeks while flirting with the Alabama Crimson Tide before eventually reaffirming with the Rebels.

The C.J. Hampton saga is far from over, too. It appears that long time Alabama defensive back commit Laurence “Hootie” Jones of Monroe, La., and best friend of Hampton, who de-committed from the Tide last week, is now considering Ole Miss.

That’s not all. LSU is still hot and heavy after Lewisville, Texas, defensive back Jamal Adams. The Rebels are also after Adams, but it appears that the Tigers are hesitant to begin recruiting Jones hard again, in order not to scare off Adams.

It appears as the Rebels and Tigers will each get a big-time defensive back down the stretch, while Alabama could be left at the altar. That’s crazy season.

There were two other commitments for the Rebels this week.

Garrald McDowell, a defensive end from Covington, La., committed to the Rebels over the home-state LSU Tigers. McDowell could slide in and play defensive tackle at the next level, but it appears he’ll get first crack at the edge.

Fred Walls, a 2015 LB from Olive Branch, committed to Hugh Freeze and staff on Tuesday, continuing the Rebels’ already hot start for the 2015 class.

Dan Mullen and his staff offered two offensive linemen from Alabama last week after the loss of Hinds Community College offensive lineman Norman Price, who signed with Southern Miss this past week.

I would expect the Bulldogs to single out one of them – either Deion Calhoun of Fairfield or Jervontius Stallings of Birmingham – and go hard after him.

Outside of finishing up this class on the offensive line, MSU appears to still be chasing the likes of longtime defensive end target Cory Thomas of McCalla, Ala., and defensive tackle Taylor Stallworth of Mobile. The Bulldogs are still recruiting junior college tight end Darion Hutcherson very hard, as well.

Class of 2015

The Bulldogs received a 2015 commitment of their own this week when Ocala, Fla., defensive back Darrien McNair made the call. McNair stands around 6-3 and 200-plus. Naturally, with McNair’s body being this developed this early would indicate he could and should grow out of the position.

Athlete Ronald Walker, a long-time Ole Miss commitment and part of the “Callaway Four” of teammates committed from Jackson Callaway will be an early enrollee at Copiah-Lincoln Community College.

Longtime MSU commitment Gerri Green, a linebacker and tight end, was denied early graduation last week by his high school district, Greenville-Weston.

John Luke McCord, from Tupelo, is a freelance recruiting writer for the Daily Journal and Rebels247. His column will appear on Mondays though National Signing Day in February.