November 4, 2010

Callaway teammates still solid with Rebs

Many members of Ole Miss' 2011 commitment class were in attendance for the Rebels' clash against the Auburn Tigers. Aaron Morris and his Jackson (Callaway), Miss., teammate Justin Bell drove to Oxford and made it just in time for pregame warm-ups.

"We got there a little late, like right before the game started," Morris said. "We walked on the field when they were stretching and got to walk in the locker room."

Morris' mother also joined him on the venture. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound offensive lineman was pleasantly surprised by the Rebels' new alternate gray jerseys, of which he said "Oh yeah - I liked them. That was nice."

The four-star prospect reports he is "pretty firm" with his commitment to the Rebels.

"I'm still going on a couple visits, just to look. I think I'm going to Auburn and Alabama, that's probably about it," Morris said.

Morris seriously considered a commitment to Mississippi State earlier in the year, but he's cooled, considerably, on the Bulldogs.

"I might go there," Morris said of a visit to Starkville. "I'm not sure yet, but I might. I don't know just right now. I know I'll be going to Alabama and Auburn (and Ole Miss)."

Arkansas has continued to include Morris on their mailing lists, but the Hogs' phone calls have tapered off.

"They were sending me a bunch," Morris said of Arkansas. "But I haven't really heard from them lately."

Callaway enters its final regular season game against Yazoo City with an 8-2 mark on the season and a 4-2 record in 5A region two. The Chargers lost in the first round of the 2009 state playoffs to New Hope, and Morris' team have motivation for their first round opponent in this season's playoffs - New Hope.

"We lost to them last year, by one point," Morris said of New Hope. "We have evil intentions."

BELL SOLID WITH REBS: Bell has been in attendance for a lot of Ole Miss' struggles this season, but the Rebels' 3-5 record hasn't weakened his commitment.

"Everybody has their ups and downs," Bell said. "This is just a rebuilding process for Ole Miss. They'll be fine."

Bell was excited by the atmosphere and the energy inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium against Auburn. He couldn't find a parking spot in his normal area, but Bell said that's probably a good thing.

"The crowd was nuts, and it was filled up," Bell said. "I drove around forever looking for a spot, but that means it was full. The jerseys were cool. I like that, means they have some style."

Southern Miss and Memphis are the main schools still contacting Bell.

"It's USM and Memphis mostly, I hear from State a little bit," Bell said. "I might take a couple visits to those places, but it's all good with Ole Miss."

During the Auburn game, Bell hung out with fellow Rebel commits Donte Moncrief, Woodrow Hamilton and T.J. Worthy, as well as Mississippi State commits Nickalos Brassell, Joe Price and Jermaine Whitehead.

"It was a big group of recruits and some good guys," Bell said. "We just all talked and carried on. It wasn't all about Ole Miss or State or anything like that. I never heard the State guys talking about MSU."

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