Lasting Impressions?

Avery Gennesy

Southaven, Miss., offensive lineman Avery Gennesy attended Ole Miss' one-day senior camp Saturday. And it went well, at least by Gennesy's estimation.

"It went really good (Saturday)," he said. "I really liked it. I did pretty good, moved my feet well. So I did what I did."

But he has yet to earn a scholarship offer from the Rebels. Still, Gennesy, a tackle, feels he has built a good relationship with the coaches, most notably offensive line coach Mike Markuson and wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer.

"It's real good, it's real tight," he said. "We talk a lot. I talked to Coach Markuson, Coach Brewer, most of the coaches on the staff. If they do (offer), it would be a big thing for me. They stand at the top of my list. I just like them. It's just a feeling."

Gennesy holds offers from UAB, Memphis, Arkansas State and Southern Miss. However, he's hearing from a number of other schools. Along with Ole Miss, Mississippi State and LSU have checked in on the 6-foot-4, 291-pound Gennesy.

"I just like all of them right now," Gennesy said. "I'm just keeping it low and seeing what's best for me. I'm thinking about making a decision in December or around Signing Day."


Avery Gennesy
Chuck Rounsaville
He's set relatively simple goals for his senior season.

"First of all, get the grades," he said. "You know, make sure I get cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse. After that, just work on my footwork a little bit more and just keep getting better. Block harder, run block better."


Just the beginning:


The recruitment of Tupelo, Miss., wide receiver Josh Hamilton has barely even started. A member of the signing class of 2013, he's a long ways from deciding on a school.

However, that hasn't stopped Hamilton from visiting college campuses this summer.

Hamilton, along with teammate Ashton Shumpert, was in Oxford for camp Saturday. Hamilton said he ran a 4.5-second 40-yard dash, enough to impress the Ole Miss coaching staff.

He feels Ole Miss may be close to an offer.

"I liked it. It was real fun," Hamilton said. "Started off real slow, but they picked it up. I felt I did real well. I just like the campus and the coaches. They're real fun. I like them a lot."

Ole Miss, he said, is the only school he's focusing on currently.

"It's really just Ole Miss right now," Hamilton said. "They've just been telling me I do well with my routes and they know that I can run. But I still need to work on my routes a little more, and my footwork."

Hamilton is being recruited by Brewer, who is entering his first season as Ole Miss' wide receivers coach.

"He's real fun," he said. "It's just like, every time we were doing something (at camp), he always wanted me to come to the front. He wants me to do it first. He's real cool."

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