June 20, 2008

Rebels close to offering GA LB

Ole Miss already has one player of Haitian descent on the football team and is eyeing a second Haitian born player in Emmanuel Edouarzin.

The Rebels signed Ted Laurent, whose parents are Haitian but moved to Canada before Laurent moved to the Atlanta suburbs prior to his freshman year. Laurent was a four-star nose tackle prospect signed in the 2007 signing class and came out atop the depth chart at that position last April.

Ironically, Edouarzin will also be attending the same school as Laurent - McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Ga.

"I just enrolled at McEachern yesterday and I've started practicing with the team," Edouarzin said on Thursday.

Edouarzin, attended the Gainesville NIKE camp earlier this year where he checked in at 6-foot-1, 225 pounds and logged a 4.7 40-yard dash. He said that since the camp, he's now at 6-foot-2, 234 pounds.

The prospect played defensive end for South Cobb last year, but plans to play middle linebacker this fall for McEachern. He left South Cobb over what he termed "differences" with the South Cobb coaching staff.

Meanwhile, Ole Miss has been looking at Edouarzin since at least last spring.

"Coach (Tracy) Rocker contacted the coaches and I think he was going to offer before I had problems with the coaches and decided to transfer," Edouarzin said. "He told me to decide where I was going to transfer to and then they'd look at me again after I made that decision."

Edouarzin, racked up 94 tackles with ten tackles for a loss and three sacks for a struggling South Cobb team that went just 2-8 last season and was named all-county and defensive lineman of the year for his team.

He's receiving interest from West Virginia, Mississippi State and Ohio in addition to Ole Miss, and is getting correspondence expressing interest from numerous other schools.

Edouarzin names West Virginia as his current favorite with Ole Miss a close second. He said he's hearing from Mississippi State and has talked with the Bulldog's defensive coordinator a lot on the phone, but says State is not recruiting him as hard as either West Virginia or Ole Miss.

The linebacker prospect said he'd like to camp at both West Virginia and Ole Miss, but transportation is an issue.

With the Rebels struggles the last four seasons, Edouarzin is like a lot regional and national prospects that do not know a lot about Ole Miss other than it was the college team of Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning. But Edouarzin added that he was fully aware that Ole Miss is where two-time All-American linebacker Patrick Willis got his start.

While Laurent is a McEachern alumn and it appears Edouarzin will be also, the two players' paths have seldom crossed with Edouarzin's South Cobb team playing against Laurent's McEachern team two years ago.

"Ted was on the defensive line and I was on the punting team," Edouarzin said. "But Ted was exactly rushing the punter."

Laurent struggled some academically in high school because of English being his second language, but Edouarzin doesn't have that to deal with.

"I was born in Haiti, but moved here when I was real young," he said. "English is my first language and I can speak just a little Creole."

Edouarzin said he currently has a 2.6 GPA and just recently took the SAT and that he doesn't expect transferring will have any impact on him being able to qualify academically.

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