February 23, 2007
Rebels offer top Louisiana prospect
Even though USC beat out Ole Miss for Joe McKnight's services this past recruiting class the Rebel coaching staff appears set on battling for Louisiana's top players year in year out.
It was said after signing day that McKnight had Ole Miss Second in his decision making process, something most LSU fans probably would dispute. One thing is for sure, Ed Orgeron has made a dent in the Bayou since his arrival.
The Rebels are going after another top Pelican state prospect in tight end/defensive end Chase Clement of E.D. White High School in Thibodaux (LA).
"I like Ole Miss a lot," Clement said Thursday. "I'm going to go to summer camp there for the second year in a row. I was their camp's offensive MVP last summer."
Clement finished his junior season with over 87 tackles, 1 interception on the defensive side of the ball and averaged over 6 yards a carry rushing and ended up with 225 yards in receptions and three touchdowns. His performances earned him all conference and all region honors.
According to Clements he has received official offers from Ole Miss, Florida, Alabama, Tulane and LSU.
"Those five schools are my top five in no particular order," Clement said. "Right now I don't have an early favorite."
Ole Miss appears to have a couple of advantages in recruiting Clement. He is very familiar with three coaches on the Rebels staff.
"I love Be-Be (Coach Ed Orgeron), Coach Frank Wilson has been recruiting this area for a long time and their new Coach Brad Villasova is someone I know very well also," Clement said. "Coach V was the head coach of our big rival school and I have known and respected him for a long time."
Clements was very impressed with his last trip to Oxford and the Rebels game against LSU.
"They have awesome facilities there and everything is beautiful on their campus," Clement said. "Ole Miss played everyone in the SEC close last year that was a great game against LSU."
According to Clement he is looking for a school that has family type chemistry between its players and coaching staff.
"I want to see how I fit in with a team's players and their coaching staff," Clement said. "That's very important to me, I want to know I can trust them and they can trust me. They will be my family for the next four to five years of my life."
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