April 4, 2011

Memphis offensive lineman checking out SEC programs

Ben Still doesn't plan to make a decision regarding his football future until after his senior season.

However, the 6-foot-3, 285-pound offensive lineman has developed a strong comfort level with one school, one that was strengthened during a visit on Saturday.

"I've kind of seen most all of (Ole Miss)," said Still, a Memphis (Memphis University School), Tenn., product who sports offers from the Rebels, Western Kentucky, Memphis and Tulane. "I just want to spend face time with the coaches around practice. I'm basically just coming over to visit with the coaches and stuff like that."

Specifically, Still has developed a "pretty nice" relationship with Ole Miss offensive line coach Mike Markuson.

"It's easy to talk to him and stuff," Still said. "I call up here and talk to him all the time. There are some schools where if you call the coach, I don't know, you don't really have that friendship with him. It's not awkward, but with (Markuson), it's easy."

Still said he's "trying to stay open right now" and entertain overtures from any interested program.

"Ole Miss is in the lead right now," Still said, "but I'm just trying to keep it open right now. I'll probably commit (to his school of choice) a couple of weeks after the season is over. I don't want to do it during the season. I don't want that to be on my shoulders."

Besides Saturday's trip to Oxford, Still has been to Vanderbilt and Mississippi State in the past 10 days.

"Vanderbilt is stressing academics a lot," Still said. "Mississippi State, I saw their spring practice (Friday). I just liked how their coaches are intense and stuff like that. That means they care a lot about it."

Still said he's concentrating on his balance and footwork this offseason.

"I think if I do that, I'll be a well-balanced offensive lineman," Still said.

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