July 10, 2008

Ole Miss ahead of Alabama for RB

Gabriel Hunter had Alabama listed as his leader prior to his visit to Tuscaloosa for one of the Crimson Tide's recent camps.

Upon his return, however, Hunter is re-thinking things.

"It changed since I came back," Hunter said. "Before I went over there, they were standing out a lot."

The three-star running back from Memphis (Kingsbury), Tenn., said Thursday he's planning to attend Ole Miss' invitation-only camp on July 26, and if all goes well, he just pull the trigger and commit to the Rebels.

"I want to commit before school starts," Hunter said. "I haven't been talking to coaches a lot in the last month, but I want to just get it over with. To tell you the truth, Ole Miss is really favorite right now because they're close to home and I feel like it would be a good place to go. It's close to home and it's a big school."

Hunter, a 5-foot-11, 184-pounder, said the visit to Oxford later this month will be key.

"I want to get to know the coaches better and check out the campus," Hunter said, adding that one of the positives the Rebels have is his relationship with his recruiting coach, Ole Miss running backs coach Derrick Nix. "I talk to Coach Nix a lot. He came up to our practice in the spring. I just want to get to know the players and get to know the coaches better. I haven't made up my mind, but I was thinking about (committing)."

Hunter said he sees himself as a Felix Jones clone, and he liked the way Houston Nutt used Jones and Darren McFadden during Nutt's stay at Arkansas.

"I like Ole Miss' coaches," Hunter said. "I like their head coach and what he did at Arkansas. I like that they're not far from home."

Hunter said Ole Miss leads Alabama and Auburn. All three of his favorites have offered, as have Tennessee, Mississippi State, Memphis, Oklahoma State, Louisville, Texas Tech, Kentucky and Vanderbilt.

"I like Alabama," Hunter said. "I like their coaches. That's a football-playing state, and I think I'd fit in over there, but I don't know yet."

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