July 25, 2008

Corners hope to impress at Rebels' camp

Ole Miss needs cornerbacks.

Just ask Marshay Green and Jeremy McGee, former offensive standouts who were moved to the defensive secondary in the spring in order to give the Rebels some warm _ and capable _ bodies at the position this fall.

While that might make for some tense moments on autumn Saturdays this season, it could spell big news for several recruits hoping for Ole Miss offers.

The Rebels' elite camp will be held Saturday at Ole Miss' indoor practice facility and inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Some 100-130 prospects are expected to attend, including approximately 30 prospects who already have scholarship offers from Ole Miss. Several prospects could land offers with strong performances Saturday, including a pair of cornerbacks who figure to be very much under the watchful eyes of Houston Nutt, defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix and cornerback coach Chris Vaughn.

Tevin Blanchard admits Saturday "a big day. If I do something good, they might offer me."

The cornerback from Aberdeen, Miss., the younger brother of former Ole Miss cornerback Travis Blanchard, said he won't commit on the spot if the Rebels offer, but he's planning to hang around a little Saturday afternoon and check out the Oxford scene further.

"The coaches said they're going to show me around the campus after the workout," Blanchard said. "I want to see how that works out."

First, Blanchard, has to show Ole Miss coaches he has the speed and coverage skills to handle Southeastern Conference wide receivers.

"I'll be nervous. I just have to go out there and play," Blanchard said. "I can't have that on my mind. You have to have a clear mind. My brother said I just have to keep my workouts going and get stronger and bigger."

Holly Springs, Miss., cornerback Darryl Kinkle spent four days earlier this week at Alabama's camp. He loved his time in Tuscaloosa with the Crimson Tide staff, but he's been pointing at Saturday for months.

"I think it will determine if I get an offer or not," Kinkle said. "They're looking at me at both (cornerback and safety). I'll play either. I will play anywhere they need me."

If the Rebels offer, Kinkle said, "I'd take it. I know I can do what they want me to. I'm just ready for tomorrow to go out and show them."

Ole Miss could also get very good news in the form of a commitment from Memphis, Tenn., running back Gabriel Hunter.

Hunter said Friday he's "trying to get there. More than likely, I'll be there. I was thinking about going there and probably committing. I really don't know. I just want to see if I fit in good down there. I've just been sitting down and thinking."

Other prospects (among others) who might be attending Saturday's camp include West Helena, Ark., cornerback Darius Winston; Monticello, Miss.; running back Kendrick Hardy; Marrero, La., linebacker Lamin Barrow and offensive tackle Ashton Tyler; Decatur, Ala., linebacker D.T. Shackelford; Fayetteville, Ga., linebacker Stephen Roberts; Eufala, Ala., linebacker Hans Rice; d'Iberville, Miss., wide receiver Kevin Norwood and athlete Jacoby Bell; Mobile, Ala., athlete Keiron Wilson and linebackers Enrique Williams and JaWarren Hector; Memphis, Tenn., linebacker Derrick Webb; Louisville, Miss., quarterback Clayton Moore and athlete Dennis Thames; and Batesville, Miss., defensive back David Conner.

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