March 2, 2009

Ole Miss makes strong move for Olive Branch trio

Three top prospects from Olive Branch, Miss., made the 45-minute trip to Ole Miss on Saturday afternoon.

All three players beat the snow and got back to Olive Branch before the roads turned treacherous, but they didn't leave Oxford without first making plans for a return trip.

Offensive tackle Shun Coleman, linebacker Brandon Timmons and defensive end Reggie Williams were three of the 60-plus prospects in Oxford for the Rebels' second junior day. They all left impressed.

"It went pretty good," Coleman said. "There's a lot of tradition there. I liked the campus."

Coleman said he spent most of his time talking to Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt, offensive line coach Mike Markuson and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Kent Austin, who also recruits north Mississippi for the Rebels.

"I made a good relationship with my recruiting coach and the offensive line coach," Coleman said. "They're cool. They said they are losing some offensive linemen after this year and that they want to sign five offensive linemen (in February 2010)."

Coleman said that while Ole Miss hasn't offered him yet, he and the Rebels' coaches talked about his attending a camp in Oxford in June or July.

"They also said they're coming to see me practice this spring," Coleman said. "They said they like my size (6-foot-7, 270 pounds) and everything."

Coleman will visit Auburn for a junior day this weekend, but he said Ole Miss "helped themselves. They've been recruiting me more than most. I have a good relationship with them."

For Timmons, Saturday's chance provided an opportunity to explore his father's roots. Timmons' father, Will Timmons, played running back at Oklahoma State. He was coached in Stillwater by Nutt, an Oklahoma State alumnus who worked for the Cowboys when Jimmy Johnson was there.

"Coach Nutt was his position coach at Oklahoma State," Timmons said. "They're keeping in touch. They talked on Saturday. Coach Nutt was real happy to see me. He told me to come back in the summer."

Timmons said he plans to do just that after a good day in Oxford.

"Ole Miss looked really good to me," Timmons said. "I loved the indoor facility. When I first got in, I looked at it and it blew me away."

Another connection for Timmons and the Rebels is the relationship between Ole Miss defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix and Olive Branch defensive coordinator Michael Dogan. Once he and Nix got past the small talk, however, Timmons and Nix began talking about football -- more specifically, the possibility of a future on the field at Ole Miss.

"They told me that they want me to come back to the summer," Timmons said. "They said I carry my weight (240 pounds) really well and that I look really good. They told me to just work hard and if something happens with me at Ole Miss, they might move me to defensive end. It would be weird, but whatever they would need me to play would be fine."

Like Coleman, Timmons will be in Auburn this weekend. The Tigers have an in with Timmons' father as well, as he and Auburn assistant coach Trooper Taylor are good friends.

"(Taylor) said he's real impressed with me, but I have no leading school right now," Timmons said. "I'm wide open to everybody."

Williams spent his time in Oxford Saturday talking to Nutt, Austin and defensive line coach Terry Price.

"I liked it," Williams said. "It was pretty good. I liked the coaching staff. I really liked Ole Miss."

Williams said he and the Rebel brass didn't talk about scholarship offers Saturday. Instead, Williams said Ole Miss indicated it would take a hard look at him this spring and then again this summer.

"I liked everything about Ole Miss," Williams said, indicating he plans to camp at Ole Miss and Memphis this summer. "I'm just looking at everybody right now."

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