September 10, 2008

Rebels TV appearance impresses FL LB

One of Ole Miss' top linebacker targets for the 2009 recruiting class is Largo, Fla. prospect Mike Marry.

There's several reasons the Rebels are hot on the trail of Marry. Not only did the 6-foot-3, 205 pound linebacker have over 140 tackles last year as a junior, but a 3.7 GPA and a 940 on his SAT has Marry in a position to graduate in December and enroll in college next January.

"He's the total package," Rodriquez said in an earlier interview. "He's aggressive and the best linebacker that I've seen since I've been here. He's got football instincts that you can't teach. He brings academics as well as all round leadership. He's a hard worker and a leader. He leads by action, not words."

Ole Miss coaches have called Marry twice since Sept. 1, when coaches could first begin making contact with high school seniors.

"I just got off the phone with Ole Miss," Marry said on Monday evening. "They were telling me about the (Wake Forest) game and we talked some about my school and the season. They're telling me they need me real bad."

Marry spent Saturday afternoon watching Ole Miss and Wake Forest on television and he was focused on two areas.

"I watched the defense a lot," he said. "I like the defense and the way they are competitive and go after the ball. I like the whole team. The other thing I was focused on was Dex."

"Dex" is as in Dexter McCluster, who also attended Largo High School, and now plays wide receiver and runs the "Wild Rebel" formation at quarterback for Ole Miss. He played some at the quarterback for Largo, but excelled at running back where he gained over 2,000 yards his senior season.

"Dex isn't really recruiting me for Ole Miss," Marry said. "There's an age difference there. I think I was a freshman when he was a senior. But I do see him at times when he comes home and we talk. He has good things to say about Ole Miss."

The Ole Miss and Wake Forest game left an impression on Marry.

"I think they have the potential to be a Top 10 team real soon," he said. "If it hadn't been for some mistakes, they could have put that game away and it would have been over with real quick."

Marry is being recruited by Ole Miss recruiting coordinator Chris Vaughn, who has also made an impression on Marry.

"I talked to him several times after he came down in the spring," Marry said. "He tells me that there are a lot of good things going on at Ole Miss and that they really could use me and they are going to recruit me hard. He says there's a good chance that I can play early and that they like the way that I run and the way I hit. Coach Vaughn is a cool dude."

Marry says he's now up to over 25 offers and can't recall all of them, but noted that he did pick up one major offer recently - that coming from Michigan.

The linebacker prospect isn't ready to name a top five at this point, but hopes to trim his list down to a top five or top ten in the near future. He says his visits won't necessarily reflect his top five, as he will likely make unofficial visits to nearby schools and take official visits to those further away, where he can be reimbursed for his travel expenses.

Marry says that he's giving Ole Miss "serious consideration" and that he is seriously considering the school as a possible destination. He also says that Ole Miss has a "good chance" of getting one of his five official visits.

Marry sat out spring practices after having surgery on his right shoulder, but now says he's 100 percent for his senior season.
Largo started off their 2008 campaign last Friday with a 12-0 win over East Lake. Marry was part of a defensive effort that limited the East Lake offense to just 140 yards total yards of offense, 72 of which came in the fourth quarter.

Marry said he had seven tackles and one sack in the contest.

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