March 13, 2008

Batesville FB up to seven offers

t seems the talent never stops coming from South Panola High School in Batesville, Miss. and judging from the Division I talent on this year's squad, the school could be in line for yet another state championship along with placing even more players in Division I schools.

This year's team includes potential Division I prospects quarterback David Renfroe, linebacker Marvin Burdette, safety David Connor and fullback prospect Reuben Corley.

While Renfroe and Burdette's recruitment is yet to pick up, Connor and Corley have already amassed 11 offers between the two with Corley accounting for seven of those.

"I've got offers from Ole Miss, Louisville, Auburn, Mississippi State, Connecticut, Memphis, and Kentucky," Corley said on Tuesday.

Corley and Conner both took the short trip to Oxford the first week of March for the Rebels' junior day and were impressed with the new staff that Houston Nutt has assembled.

"I've been there several times before," Corley said. "It was good to meet the new staff and I'll be hanging out more there in the future."

Corley said Nutt extended a scholarship offer in person and offered some personal advice and viewed film with him and told him he'd love to have him as a Rebel.

Ole Miss recruited several players from South Panola last year, but by signing day, relationships with the new staff coupled with their evaluations resulted in no player being signed from the school by the Rebels.

Will that situation impact future players from Batesville that might be headed to Ole Miss?

"I don't think so," Corley said. "There were just a bunch of players that got together and decided they wanted to do their thing somewhere else. They had their mind set on something different."

That doesn't mean that the Rebels don't have their work cut out when it comes to signing the 6-foot-1, 230 pound fullback.

"Ole Miss is the only junior day I've been to so far," Corley said. "I'd like to visit Louisville, Kentucky, Auburn and Mississippi State."

While junior day is mostly concluded at some of those locations, Corley can make unofficial visits - at his own expense - at any time.

A likely destination is to Louisville and Kentucky, where Corley says he has a brother who resides and works in that area.

Corley says he's in no hurry to make a decision and wants to look at other schools. He's hoping to hear from Miami, a school he's always liked growing up.

Among the seven schools that have offered, Corley is trying to sort out a favorite.

"I don't have a favorite," he said. "I like Ole Miss and Louisville and Miami is my favorite that hasn't offered."

Corley was unsure of his GPA and said he'll take the ACT for the first time next month.


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