September 1, 2009

Recruiting battle for standout DT taking shape

James Carmon's autumn travels are set to begin on Saturday when he takes in Mississippi State's opener against Jackson State.

He also plans to visit Alabama later this month and check out Penn State's Big Ten showdown with Ohio State on Nov. 7.

Carmon has also set up an official visit for an October weekend, one that he admits could go a long way toward shaping his future plans.

As was previously reported on the network, Carmon will visit Ole Miss on Oct. 10 when the Rebels entertain defending SEC West champion Alabama at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

"Ole Miss is in the lead right now," Carmon said. "I just like the coaching staff, the facilities and I did a little research on them. I feel like I can go help them in that 4-3 defense. I can help them a lot. If I go there and I like it, I might go ahead and commit."

Carmon, a 6-foot-7, 370-pound defensive tackle from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, is being recruited to Ole Miss by wide receivers coach Ron Dickerson Jr.

"He's telling me I could come in and start right away," Carmon said. "All I have to do is stay healthy and work hard. He's telling me as long as I stay on top of my grades, I'll be OK."

Ole Miss has also offered two of Carmon's MGCCC teammates, defensive end Wayne Dorsey and safety Damien Jackson. Both of those prospects will also be taking official visits to Ole Miss while Alabama is in town.

Carmon, a Maryland native who recorded 42 tackles as a freshman at MGCCC, has offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama, Auburn, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Tennessee, Iowa State, Tulsa, Southern Miss, Memphis and South Florida.

"Really, I feel real good about it," Carmon said. "Every day my coach is telling me somebody else has offered."

While Ole Miss has a clear lead for Carmon, the Rebels should be concerned about Penn State. State College, Pa., is just 4 hours from Carmon's Baltimore roots, and the proximity is alluring.

"That could be a big factor," Carmon said. "I tell my coaches that all the time and they've always had a good program. It's a lot closer to home."

Carmon suffered a minor knee injury in preseason camp and missed MGCCC's opener. He'll be on the field Thursday when the Bulldogs face Itawamba Community College. Carmon is also focusing on his academics. He's hoping to graduate from MGCCC in December, but he said earlier this week that he might have to stay at Perkinston until May.

"It's still kind of up in the air," Carmon said. "I might have to add some classes."

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