July 17, 2010

Notes: For Tupelo's Jones, it's 'about that time'

P.J. Jones wasn't sure late this week that he'd make it to Oxford for Ole Miss Senior Day Camp.

However, on Saturday morning, despite a steady rain soaking north Mississippi, the three-star defensive end from Tupelo, Miss., was in town, ready to work out a little and also looking forward to getting to know the Rebels' coaches a little better.

"It's a nice place to be," Jones said. "I've got family coming here and friends coming. It's a great place to be. I hated that it rained, but that's not going to stop anything."

Ole Miss leads for Jones, who said Saturday he's "going to let (recruiting) play out a little more, but yeah, it's getting close. It's about that time."

The 6-foot-2, 252-pound Jones said he wants to prove to the Ole Miss coaches that he's athletic enough to stay outside at end and not necessarily move inside to defensive tackle.

"I plan to show them that I can move around and play anywhere on defense," Jones said. "I feel like I can play anywhere. Wherever you need me, I'll try my best. That's what I do."

HALL FOCUSED ON A TITLE: Russellville, Ark., offensive tackle Mitch Hall, who was the first prospect to commit to Ole Miss for the 2011 signing class, said Saturday he has spent some time this summer recruiting future teammates to Oxford with him.

Hall said he's talked to fellow commitment Ethan Hutson "a little bit," but primarily, he's following Ole Miss offensive line coach Mike Markuson's lead.

"Markuson's told me I need to help him out," Hall said with a smile. "So I'm going to do what I can."

First, Hall's focus is on having a memorable senior season, one that he hopes ends in Little Rock playing for a title.

"I'm just looking to do whatever the coaches ask me to do and come home with a championship," Hall said.

PREWITT HONORED BY 'DANDY DOZEN' SELECTION: Bay Springs, Miss., four-star athlete Cody Prewitt, who committed to Ole Miss last month, learned last week that he had been selected to the (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger's prestigious "Dandy Dozen."

"I heard about it and I kind of hoped I would get it, but I wasn't really expecting it," Prewitt said. "Whenever it did happen, it was pretty awesome. I really didn't know what to think about it."

Prewitt said he expects to open his Ole Miss career at safety.

"That's fine with me," Prewitt said. "I'd love to play safety."

Like Hall, Prewitt said he's trying to help Ole Miss on the recruiting front.

"Whatever they want to do, they're going to do in the end, no matter what," Prewitt said. "But I've tried to talk to Donte (Moncrief) and everything, and I'm trying to get them over here. I'd love to play with them."

LIGGINS OPEN TO OTHER POSITIONS: Oxford (Lafayette County), Miss., quarterback Jeremy Liggins, who will likely be a top target for several schools a year from now, attended Saturday's camp. The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder has camped at both Ole Miss and Alabama this summer, and the Rebels and Crimson Tide appear to be very early leaders. However, there's as much of a question regarding Liggins' position home as there is the school where he will play.

"They're telling me I'll get every opportunity to play any position I want to play," Liggins said. "When it comes down to it, I really don't know."

Liggins, who said he played running back once as a seventh-grader, said he's been told he projects as a linebacker, defensive end or tight end on the college level.

"That's cool with me," Liggins said.

-- RebelGrove.com Staff Reporters Chase Parham and Brandon Lockhart contributed to this report.

...More... To continue reading this article you must be a member. Sign Up Now!