Whitehead takes in Ole Miss

Jermaine Whitehead

Jermaine Whitehead arrived on the Ole Miss campus for his official visit Friday with an open mind.

He had been to Oxford before. There were the camps he attended in the summer. He even visited unofficially in November. He was already familiar with Ole Miss and its athletic facilities.

For this trip, Whitehead wanted to see what Ole Miss offered outside of football -- the academics, the environment.

"I was just looking for the little things outside of football," he said. "I've talked all the X's and O's. I know where I fit in, and how good I fit. I just wanted to know the ins and outs -- the town, the people, the atmosphere. I just wanted to know how things went. It looked good to me. The people at Ole Miss, they loved us."

Whitehead didn't make the trip alone. He was joined by his parents. But, for the most part, the 6-foot, 183-pound Whitehead hung around with his fellow recruits, some committed and some uncommitted.

"It was extremely fun hanging with the guys," Whitehead said. "I see it as a big family, a great team. I think they've got something to prove next year. Don't be surprised if I end up a part of it."

Whitehead, rated a four-star cornerback by Scout.com, was one of many highly-coveted Mississippi prospects to visit Ole Miss over the weekend.

Others included four-star linebacker C.J. Johnson, of Philadelphia, four-star wide receiver Nickolas Brassell, of Batesville, and four-star wide receiver Tobias Singleton, of Madison. The group, as has been widely reported, has expressed interest in playing together on the next level.

"(The weekend) just set the tone of what we're trying to get accomplished," Whitehead said. "We'll know Feb. 2 (National Signing Day), but don't be surprised if it goes down with a clean sweep."

Senior cornerback Marcus Temple acted as Whitehead's player host. Friday night, the first day of the visit weekend, recruits and current players took in the nightlife of Oxford.

"It was crazy, man," he said. "Everybody knows who you are. Everybody loves the Ole Miss Rebels. They were showing us mad love."

Saturday consisted mostly of tours of campus, from the FedEx Academic Support Center to the team's indoor practice facility. Prospects also spent a portion of the day watching film with the Ole Miss coaching staff.

"They're just cool," Whitehead said of the Ole Miss coaches. "They've been through a lot of the things I've been through. They can relate. I feel more comfortable just talking to them about everything. All of them are real cool people. Things going wrong, I can just call them about pretty much everything."

Whitehead, who was named to the (Jackson) Clarion-Ledger's Dandy Dozen team, intends to make a decision Thursday. Along with Ole Miss and Mississippi State, Whitehead holds offers from Auburn, Miami (Fla.) and Stanford.

He projects as a full qualifier, reporting a 3.8 GPA and 23 ACT score.

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