January 20, 2008

Louisiana OL talks about Ole Miss visit

A strong senior season brought on several offers for Baton Rouge (La.) Parkview Baptist offensive guard Jordan Free.

The 6-foot-2, 263-pound athlete took his first official visit last weekend to TCU, but found the official visit he took this weekend to Ole Miss to be his best thus far.

"I loved it - everything about it is nice," said Free. "The campus is very pretty, it's SEC football and also it's good academics here too. I got a little tour of everything - the computer labs, private tutor rooms and things like that. They have a good academics building and athletic building."

Free was on the drive home when interviewed, but already he was starting to plan out his end game to the recruiting process.

"I didn't commit yet, but I think I might be pretty soon," Free said. "I've got one more visit I'm going to take to Tulane next week and then I'll know for sure."

"The [Ole Miss coaches] were very supportive with what I wanted to do," he continued. "They were very nice guys and very understanding. I think probably that Sunday after Tulane I will make my decision. I like them a lot, I just want to see what else Tulane has."

While in Oxford, Free spent time with several members of Houston Nutt's coaching staff and found them to be extremely personable.

"I spent a lot of time with Coach [Mike] Markuson, the o-line coach, and also I spent a lot of time with Kim Dameron the local recruiter for my area," said Free. "They want to get to know you and there's no pressure. Every [coach] I've talked to has been a good guy. We mostly talked about general stuff. We also went into a classroom one day, watched a lot of film and had some football talk."

Free also built chemistry with the Ole Miss players he met on the official visit and was able to gauge their early impressions of the new coaching staff.

"My host was a guy named David Traxler who is a tight end and I got to hang out with Jevan Snead a bit and he's a real nice guy," Free said. "From what I have been hearing, they love it compared to Coach [Ed] Orgeron. They feel like they have more desire to play and put more work into it too. I'm sure they're happy about the change."

Both of Free's parents as well as his sister accompanied him on the official visit. They gave him feedback about their impressions throughout the trip as well as on the drive home.

"They liked it as much as I did," Free said. "They just want me to check one more school for the academic parts about it, but there was nothing to complain about."

Free has a host of offers. In addition to Ole Miss, he has offers from TCU, SMU, Tulane, Southern Miss, and Louisiana Tech.

Academics are important to Free, evidenced by his 3.6 GPA and 22 mark on the ACT. Ole Miss is recruiting him as an offensive guard/center combo. He has played guard nearly his entire life, but has worked at center off and on in spring practices.

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