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June 26, 2008Jackson (Jim Hill HS), Miss. offensive lineman Emmanuel McCray committed to Ole Miss in early April and since that time has picked up a couple of additional offers.
"Recruiting is going pretty good, I guess you call it the basic recruiting thing, but it's good," McCray said on Wednesday evening. "I'm getting calls from a bunch of schools and have picked up offers from Mississippi State, Southern Miss, and Alcorn State."
The 6-foot-5, 285 offensive tackle prospect has also been busy making the camp rounds that include camping with Southern Miss, State, and Alabama.
"I've talked recently to coach (Derrick) Nix, coach (Tony) Hughes, and with coach (Sylvester) Croom," he said.
And while those schools have been in touch with McCray, they are not making a lot of progress in swaying him away from his commitment to Ole Miss.
"I'm going to camp to learn stuff like techniques," McCray said. "I'm not there to look at other schools. I'm firm with Ole Miss. I want to keep my options open, but as long as Ole Miss is interested in me, I'm interested in them. If they start feeling unsure about me, then I'd have to look around. But right now, I'm sold on Ole Miss."
Part of McCray being comfortable with his commitment to Ole Miss is his relationship with both Nix, who's recruiting him for the Rebels, and offensive line coach Mike Markuson, who would be his position coach.
"Coach Markuson is a real nice guy, he's family oriented, has a nice personality, and he's gotten a lot of players to the NFL, so he has connections," McCray said. "He coached the offensive line for (Arkansas running back Darren) McFadden, so he knows what he's talking about."
"Coach Nix, I was definitely surprised when I found out his background," he said. "I mean he was with the Atlanta Falcons last year and he has been telling me about his background and I'm definitely impressed."
McCray wants a chance to play left tackle at Ole Miss and says he has "an aggressive mindset, pretty good fundamentals, and quick feet", and noted he recently ran a 5.1 40-yard dash.
While he might be a little undersized currently for the key position on most offensive lines, he feels that will be corrected easily.
"Coach Markuson told me I'm right where he wants me for right now," McCray said. "He said it won't take much for them to get me where they want me, which I think will be in the 305 to 315 range.
With McCray being firm with Ole Miss, he didn't offer much feedback from his camp experiences.
"Coach Hughes, he's really a good guy," McCray said about the Southern Miss secondary coach. "State, it's a pretty nice little program and was pretty well organized. I like some of the players and Coach Croom was impressive.
McCray said he made a 19 on his first ACT attempt and has a 2.7 GPA headed into his senior season.