April 15, 2010

Maiden visits Ole Miss, now has five offers

Ole Miss asked James Maiden to visit its campus a couple weeks ago, but the lineman had already agreed to take a trip to Mississippi State that weekend.

Maiden said he was going to uphold his promise, but that he'd see the Rebels shortly.

He kept his word.

The Woodville (Wilkinson), Miss., junior arrived in Oxford, Miss., Saturday and spent the day touring the campus and watching the Rebels' second scrimmage of spring practice. Ole Miss held a freshmen/sophomore event the same day, but Maiden was escorted individually.

"Everything was really nice," Maiden said. "That five-hour drive wasn't the best thing, but once I got there, I really enjoyed myself. I didn't know much going in, so it was all about just collecting as much information as possible. I like the way they go about things on the football field, and my one-on-one time with the coaches helped me know them better."

But Maiden's most notable portion of the visit had to do with the academic side of things. He's planning to major in physical therapy and was impressed with Ole Miss' program.

"The Fed Ex academic center is great, and clinicals are close by which is great," Madden said. "All of the facilities are nice, of course, but that was a point that really stuck with me. They've got things in place for the major I want to do."

Rivals.com lists Maiden as a defensive tackle, but Ole Miss is recruiting him for the offensive side of the ball. He doesn't have a preference.

Maiden's recruitment had a regional feel, with his offers being Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Miss and LSU. That was until yesterday. He received a letter indicating an offer from USC. Needless to say, it was a big moment.

"It was really cool and exciting," Maiden said. "I want to go and check them out. I've never been out there. We'll see how my parents want to handle it. I don't know if it'll just be an official visit, or if I can make it sooner."

As was previously mentioned, the 6-foot-4, 280-pounder spent a day at Miss. State recently and also visited LSU this week. But don't expect a commitment soon.

"It's still early, and I'm not worried about leaders or anything," Maiden said. "Mississippi State has been cool with me, and things are fine there. I got along great with LSU's coaches and was able to see a couple players and everything there.

"It's an important decision, and I'm slowing down. I want to see places more than once and get a better feel."

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