June 9, 2010

Tidwell makes strong impression at Ole Miss

Dallas Tidwell arrived in Oxford on Sunday for the final session of Ole Miss' elite camp.

The 6-foot-6, 200-pounder from Gardendale, Ala., made the most of his limited time in front of the Rebels' coaches, putting on a strong passing performance inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium as Houston Nutt and Dave Rader looked on.

Afterwards, Tidwell got a chance to visit with the Rebels' head coach and co-offensive coordinator, and that conversation revealed some interesting news.

"(Nutt) said they might take two (quarterbacks)," Tidwell said. "He said they're really interested in me but they're not going to make any decisions until after their July camp. He said they want to see everyone and then make some decisions after the first couple of games.

"Coach Nutt said I was throwing the ball very well. It was a good experience throwing in front of Coach Rader and Coach Nutt."

Tidwell was one of four quarterbacks in Oxford on the weekend who are very much on the Rebels' radar. Fulton, Miss., product Maikhail Miller has an offer from Ole Miss, though he has declined to publicly name a leader for his services. El Dorado, Ark., product Taylor Reed impressed with his athleticism over the weekend, while Mobile, Ala., native Jacob Coker had a very strong weekend throwing the football.

Tidwell had less time to impress than the other three signal-callers. He hopes to remedy that with a return to Oxford for the Rebels' July 19 one-day camp.

"I understand (the need for an extended evaluation process)," Tidwell said. "You just have to be patient."

Tidwell left Oxford Sunday and spent Monday in Tuscaloosa, working out in front of the watchful eyes of Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain.

"It was good," Tidwell said. "It was fun to get in front of Coach McElwain and throw. I liked it up there. It was a long two-a-day, but it was fun.

"It's kind of the same as Ole Miss. Coach McElwain said he was interested, but they're not going to make a decision until after their second camp."

Tidwell plans to camp at Tennessee on Sunday before swinging down to Starkville for Mississippi State's camp days later.

"Mississippi State said they're really interested," Tidwell said. "Tennessee said they're looking forward to getting me up to camp. I don't have a favorite. Anybody that wants to pay for my school and let me play D-1, that would be great."

While he's not naming a favorite, Tidwell raved about his experience in Oxford and admitted Ole Miss has had his attention for awhile.

"Coach Nutt is a really good guy," Tidwell said. "He's funny. He's laid back and really cool. When I came up there for the Tennessee game (an Ole Miss win in mid-November), that's when it first hit me that I liked it up there. Since then, it's been one of my favorites. I like the offense they run. It fits me."

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