June 1, 2008

Ole Miss impresses Davenport, 5-star DT

Chris Davenport had been to Oxford, Miss., before, checking out the Ole Miss campus and the Rebels' program last November when LSU made the trip to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Davenport, a five-star defensive tackle from Mansfield, La., took his second tour of Ole Miss late last week and while the Grove wasn't packed with football fans and the stadium was empty, he liked this trip more.

"It was good," Davenport said. "I liked the atmosphere better this time than I did the first time. The coaches there are real down to earth."

Davenport, a 6-foot-4, 318-pounder ranked No. 17 in the Rivals 100 and ranked as the nation's No. 3 defensive tackle prospect by Rivals.com, arrived in Oxford on Thursday afternoon, met with all of the Ole Miss coaches and then went to dinner. Later that night, he hung out with Ole Miss players Kentrell Lockett, Peria Jerry, Jerrell Powe and Scottie Williams.

"They're very cool and down to earth," Davenport said. "I fit in well."

On Friday, he toured the Ole Miss campus and got a close look at the FedEx Center, which is dedicated to student-athlete academic support.

"It was nice," Davenport said. "It was more than I expected."

As for where Ole Miss stands in the race for Davenport's services, the big man was non-committal.

"I really don't know right now," Davenport said. "I'm just wide open."

Davenport said he will take similar trips to Texas A&M and Alabama in June and then travel to Florida State in July. It's worth noting that Davenport doesn't have any travel plans to Baton Rouge this summer, certainly lending credence to the possibility that he might play his college football outside of the Pelican State.

"I don't worry about what people think or what they say," Davenport said. "I have to go play five years. That's a big thing right now. I'm trying to find a place where I can be happy and comfortable."

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