Thinking to Do

Kentrell Brice

Ruston, La., cornerback Kentrell Brice committed to Missouri in mid-June, only a few weeks after he participated in Ole Miss' elite camp.

Ole Miss hadn't offered, despite Brice's interest and its interest in Brice. The Rebel coaching staff wanted to evaluate Brice more. He returned to campus Saturday for Ole Miss' one-day senior camp, its last camp of the summer.

"Right now, I'm committed pretty much," Brice said. "Offers, once I get ‘em, if they've got a better environment, better facilities, better coaches, etc., there's a lot of thinking I would have to do. At the end of the day, if a school was better, I'd have to go there."


Kentrell Brice
Chuck Rounsaville
Ole Miss didn't offer Saturday. However, a scholarship could be coming soon.

"I have no clue right now," Brice said. "They just told me to come back up the last time I was here, so I just came back up. It's a good interest level. I just like to compete. I'd like to get as many offers as I can."

If Ole Miss were to offer, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound Brice said he would have a lot of thinking to do. He currently holds offers from, among others, Missouri, Indiana, Memphis, and Nebraska.

"It would change a lot, but it would still just be a lot of thinking," he said. "I wouldn't just de-commit from someone just that fast. Just a lot of thinking, contemplating over everything -- things like that."

Brice, of Ruston High School, said he probably won't make a final decision until National Signing Day in February. He recently attended a camp at Arkansas. "They said they'd give me a call in a week or two if they're going to offer."

"I've got a very good interest level in Arkansas, ‘cause they don't have many people after this year at my position. It's a very good interest level. The coaches are nice and it's a nice environment," he said.


Nearing a decision?


Three-star linebacker Ike Spearman of Saint John, Ind., arrived at Ole Miss Saturday with an offer in hand. His only focus for camp was performing in front of head coach Houston Nutt and staff, and performing well.

"Well, they wanted to see me perform," Spearman said. "They've seen my film and everything. They just wanted to see me perform. They have a high interest; they just wanted to see how I did working out in person."

Spearman, who currently lists Minnesota, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt as the schools that are recruiting him the hardest, felt he had a good showing. However, he'll have to wait until Monday, when final evaluations and rankings from the staff are complete, to find out for sure.

"The camp went well. Did one-on-ones, I tested well," he said. "The coaches were good around us. It was a good atmosphere. They're having a meeting on Monday to rank everybody, so I'll give ‘em a call Monday and see how it went.


Ike Spearman
Chuck Rounsaville
"They like me a lot. They like me, so after they have their meeting Monday, we'll see. They're at the top of my list. If everything went well, then I think I'm probably close to a commitment."

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Spearman is rated a three-star recruit by Scout.com. He recently visited Minnesota for another of his many summer camp stops.

"They just want to see game film. That's all," he said. "They like me a lot more now. I like Minnesota a lot. I've been down there three or four times. I know the coaches pretty well. I'm pretty familiar with everything around there, so I've got a pretty good feel there."

Ole Miss, though, has the allure of being a member of the Southeastern Conference.

"It's just big-feel football around here," Spearman said. "It's a football community. Big-time SEC, obviously, big-time exposure, and going to the NFL level, you've got to play with the top performers in the country."

Spearman said he would prefer to make a decision prior to his senior season.

"I want to commit before my senior season, so probably middle of August," he said.


Grading out:


Daniel Taylor has long sought an offer from Ole Miss. The Lutcher, La., wide receiver/running back might not be too far off after his camp performance Saturday.

"I did real good. The coaches were liking me. I worked a lot of one-on-ones at receiver, and nobody was stopping me," he said.

Taylor is rated a three-star recruit by Scout.com. His teammate, cornerback Jordan Batiste, is currently committed to the Rebels. Should Ole Miss offer, Taylor said he would immediately commit.

"They told me they're going to see how my grades was from last year, and if they're up, they'll offer me. They said they don't want to waste no scholarship or nothing," he said. "I'd commit on the spot. They're at the top of my list right now."

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Taylor said he had a 2.5 core GPA last year. "They just want me to be more sure," Taylor said of Ole Miss. Taylor listed Ole Miss, Pittsburgh and Tennessee as the schools showing him the most interest.

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