April 15, 2008

Grove Bowl weekend impacts Corley

Batesville (South Panola HS), Miss. fullback Reuben Corley has named several favorite schools in the days since national signing day almost two months ago, and on Monday, he announced a new list of his top schools.

"It's Ole Miss, Auburn, and Miami," Corley said Monday evening. "Miami has just started to show interest and they are sending letters, but haven't offered yet."

Corley claims offers from the other schools, as well as offers from UConn, Louisville, Kentucky, and Mississippi State.

He said his offers have come though a combination of some being mailed to his high school and some to his home address.

Ole Miss has moved back in the 6-foot-1, 230 pound athlete's list after he attended the Grove Bowl in Oxford on Saturday.

"I loved it," Corley said. "It was pretty and I got to see all my guys."

"His 'guys' included fellow Batesville natives Jamarca Sanford, Peria Jerry, John Jerry, and Chris Strong, all of whom played at the legendary school and are now on the Ole Miss football team.

"I stayed with Chris at his place at night," Corley said. "They took care of me and are trying to get me to come to Ole Miss; they're telling me that is where I should be."

Beyond his top three, perhaps Memphis is getting Corley's attention the most.

"They are telling me that they want me to play running back," he said.

That would represent a shift for Corley, who has spent his career blocking for players like Jeramie Griffin, now on the roster at Alabama, and Darius (Tig) Barksdale, a longtime Ole Miss commitment last year who remains unsigned and appears headed to either Butler (Kan.) Community College or Hargrave Military Academy.

Corley has set a timeline for committing in May.

"If I committed today, I really can't say where it would be," he said. "It's between those three. Ole Miss is one of my top schools, but I'm still thinking (about it)."

In the meantime, Corley is waiting for spring practice to begin, where his recruiting stock could go higher when assistant coaches are allowed to watch high school teams going through spring practice.

Corley said that in addition to playing fullback next season, he also figures to play defensive end and also nose tackle.

The prospect also has plans to participate in numerous camps and combines - the Baton Rouge Nike Camp in May, a combine later this month in Memphis and another combine in NEw Orleans.

He also says he receiving inquiries already about his availability to play in some post-season all-star games.

Corley took the ACT earlier this month and is confident he will make a qualifying score.

"I think I did pretty good," he said. "I went to an ACT workshop and studied real hard.

He reports a current 2.8 GPA.

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