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Jalen Whitlow

Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze visited a number of recruits Wednesday, including Prattville, Ala., quarterback Jalen Whitlow.

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Whitlow has yet to receive a scholarship offer from Ole Miss. However, after visiting with Freeze, who Whitlow committed to when Freeze was head coach of Arkansas State, Ole Miss appears to have taken the lead over other prospective schools.

"He was just talking to me about everything, really. Their quarterback situation and everything, pretty much," Whitlow said. "It was pretty good. He's at Ole Miss now but, I mean, I'd love to play quarterback in the SEC. It was a pretty good conversation. We talked for a while."

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Whitlow, rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com, has an official visit set up with Ole Miss for the weekend of Jan. 28. He expects the Rebels to extend an offer relatively soon. And should Ole Miss offer, "it would change everything," he said.

"I should be getting (an offer)," he said. "They would be, pretty much, first on my list. Ole Miss is a great school. They pretty much run the same offense we run at our high school. It fits my style, for the most part."

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Whitlow holds offers from Ole Miss, Minnesota, Memphis, Central Florida, Arkansas State and South Alabama. Auburn and Florida State have also show interest, among other schools.

Whitlow will visit Central Florida for the weekend of Jan. 21.

Whitlow said Ole Miss and Minnesota are his top two schools. However, Minnesota is recruiting Whitlow as a wide receiver. He would prefer to play quarterback in college.

Ole Miss is recruiting Whitlow as a quarterback, his natural position.

"I'm liking Ole Miss the most right now, but I'm waiting for an offer," he said. "Minnesota, I'm setting up a visit. They've said some good things. They want me to play receiver, though. But they've said some pretty good things."

Whitlow committed to Arkansas State in June. He re-opened his recruitment six months later, when Freeze moved from Arkansas State to Ole Miss to replace Houston Nutt, who was head coach at Ole Miss for four seasons.

"He said they'd use me like a spread quarterback," Whitlow said. "Mobile, run-pass threat. Basically, his quarterbacks pass for a lot of yards, and they run for a lot. I'd love to do that."

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