March 1, 2012

Notes: Bouldin checking out Rebels, Bulldogs

Daronte Bouldin picked up an offer from Mississippi State on National Signing Day.

Ole Miss has been slightly more patient, something the 6-foot-4, 295-pound offensive tackle from Canton, Miss., isn't holding against the Rebels.

"They said they wanted to see me and get to know me better," said Bouldin, who visited Ole Miss on Saturday. "They said they liked what they've seen on film of me.

"We've really been talking. They've told me I can call anytime and just talk. They talk real good. We've been talking."

Bouldin said he's nowhere close to a decision. Instead, he plans to check out the Rebels and Bulldogs more this summer.

"I'm really just looking at the football, the scheme and what they want me to be," Bouldin said. "I will wait until after my senior year. …I know I'm good at run blocking, but I need to learn more on my pass-blocking. I'll adjust to whatever."

McCALL HOPING FOR OLE MISS OFFER: Horn Lake (Lake Cormorant), Miss., linebacker Benny McCall is hearing from several schools early in the recruiting process. One, however, is very much on his mind.

Ole Miss, McCall said, is "a great school. They invite me every time they have something. So I'm pretty interested in coming here. I just want to be able to understand more of the school, so I can create a better thing for myself and for my future."

BILLINGSLEY HAS TWO IN MIND: Memphis (East), Tenn., offensive guard Bobby Billingsley had offers from Memphis and Arkansas State when he arrived at Ole Miss Saturday. The 6-2, 273-pounder said he picked up an offer from the Rebels during his time in Oxford, adding the Rebels will be tough to beat for his signature next February.

Billingsley said he's hearing quite a bit from Purdue, Illinois, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Louisville, Memphis and Ole Miss. The Rebels and Demon Deacons, Billingsley said, are his favorites.

"At Ole Miss, I like the family atmosphere," Billingsley said. "At Wake Forest, I like their facilities. I have to get down there again to get with the coaches and stuff like that.

"(Ole Miss recruiting coordinator) Coach (Maurice)Harris has told me he will offer me but he wanted me to come down here and meet with them in person and with my parents."

CUTRER TAKING HIS TIME: Kentwood (Jewel Sumner), La., athlete Jeremy Cutrer has early offers from Ole Miss and LSU. He's in no hurry to make a decision.

"I want to see what kind of school it is, see how their football staff works and how their football players work out and all that," Cutrer said.

Most schools are recruiting the 6-3, 175-pound Cutrer as a safety. Ole Miss likes him as a wide receiver.

"I'm good at coming off the ball and that's just about it," Cutrer said. "I'm sort of like an impact player."

FALKINS STICKING WITH TIDE: New Orleans, La.,wide receiver Raheem Falkins visited Ole Miss with his teammate, Eugene Brazley, and his younger brother, Niguel Falkins, over the weekend.

"It was all right," Falkins said. "I didn't know they had a new staff. I really didn't know what to expect. My friend committed to Ole Miss."

Falkins is committed to Alabama. His younger brother picked up an offer to Ole Miss over the weekend. Might that get the Rebels in the game for the Tide commitment?

"I love my decision with 'Bama," Falkins said. "I love that Ole Miss offered (Niguel). It'll be up to him now."

However, Ole Miss is out on the elder Falkins.

I'm an all-the-way 'Bama guy," Falkins said.

Falkins said he's thrilled for Brazley, adding Ole Miss fans will love his friend's game.

"The style that they say they're going to do, that fits Eugene all the way," Falkins said. "They say they need home-run hitters. That's Eugene there. I love his decision. I'm happy for him. He's something to see. It'll be our first rivalry."

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