"I called coach (Matt) Luke about 45 minutes ago to let him know I wanted
to be a Rebel," Buford said. "I just got off the phone with coach
(Hugh) Freeze. He told me that he wanted me, C.J. Hampton and Ronald Walker
to be the leaders of our class. He wants us to help them recruit some other
players in our class as well. He wants to go after players who work hard and
want to win football games."
Why Ole Miss?
"I want to go to Ole Miss because it has such a great atmosphere and the coaches are great. They're all about business when it comes to the football field. I saw how they turned it around last season and that really opened my eyes."
The Rebels parlayed their success on the field last season with a top-10 nationally-rated recruiting class. That didn't go unnoticed.
"That played a big role in my decision as well. I wanted to see who I was going to be playing with the next few years. I'll be playing with a lot of great players. Ole Miss has really been on my mind a lot lately. I've been waiting to get this off of my chest. I've known deep down where I wanted to go for a little while now."
The other SEC school inside Mississippi, Mississippi State, offered as well.
"Mississippi State offered me earlier in my (junior) season. They were kind of iffy because I grew up an Ole Miss fan and the Rebels don't like the Dogs too much. They have a great staff there as well. We talked a few times, but not like I did with Ole Miss. I've just built a great relationship with those guys from coach Luke on down to coach Freeze. We're just really tight."
How does Ole Miss plan to use the 2012 All-Region, Area and Conference pick?
"They want to put me out in the slot and get me in open space and let me use my speed and elusiveness. That's what I do best. I like to get out in open space and give the defender a couple of moves and get open and make big plays."
Buford has been one of the more dynamic playmakers in Mississippi the past two seasons. He has over 2,400 yards and 28 TDs.
"I fit in well in their offense. I bring a lot of speed to the table, and they have a couple of other guys there with a lot of speed. They rotate guys in and out to keep you fresh. I just think with players like that it'll be hard to beat us with that much talent on the field."
Buford also likes the fact that he will be keeping his talents inside Oxford.
"I felt like that was really important. It looks good for our school and the city of Oxford. I'm going to be on the phone trying to get some other top players to come with me. I know Ole Miss inside and out so I feel like I have better perspective of Ole Miss than most."
The 5' 11", 190-pound athlete has hopes of being a two-sport star at Ole Miss.
"I'm really going to concentrate on baseball this spring and just lift some weights. Hopefully they'll let me play baseball at Ole Miss as well. I play centerfield and bat third in our lineup. We made it to the North Finals last season and we're bringing back almost everybody. We should have a really good season this year."
Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org