February 2, 2009

Rebels' rally continues with four-star DT

First, Ole Miss beat out Arkansas for four-star defensive tackle Corey Gaines.

Then Auburn made a late charge, landing an official visit out of the Rivals250 prospect this past weekend and giving him plenty of quality time with defensive line coach Tracy Rocker.

In the end, however, the relationships Gaines had built with the Ole Miss staff carried the day.

Gaines, a 6-foot, 274-pounder from Tallahassee (Godby), Fla., ranked as the No. 19 defensive tackle prospect in the country by Rivals.com, committed to Ole Miss Monday, giving the Rebels their fifth commitment in the last three days and continuing what is shaping up as an incredibly strong finish to the 2009 signing class.

Gaines, who was ranked as the state of Florida's No. 39 prospect, chose Ole Miss over Auburn, Arkansas, Rutgers, South Florida, Central Florida, Tennessee, Colorado, Iowa State and more. Gaines, who doubled as an offensive lineman at the high school level, was selected to and played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio last month.

He joins D.T. Shackelford, Ja-Mes Logan, Joel Kight and Zaccheus Mason as prospects who have committed to the Rebels since Saturday.

Ole Miss is still recruiting a pair of Tallahassee products, defensive end Alex Williams and linebacker Willie Ferrell. Both players are expected to sign their respective national letters-of-intent on Wednesday at Tallahassee's FAMU High School.

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