December 28, 2007

Louisiana trio to visit Ole Miss

Ole Miss made a lot of in-roads in recruiting under Louisiana natives Ed Orgeron and Frank Wilson, signing stars like Mike Wallace and four-star offensive lineman Rishaw Johnson.

With their departure, there figured to be a let down in recruiting in Mississippi's neighboring state.

However, Houston Nutt hired Louisiana-Monroe coaches Kim Dameron and Ron Dickerson, Jr., and both have a lot of connections in the state after several years on the Warhawks' staff.

Baton Rouge (Scotlandville HS) running back prospect Brandon Bolden was offered by the former staff and the Dickerson and Dameron duo has Bolden along with a teammate and acquaintance set to visit next month.

"Ole Miss contacted me a couple of weeks ago," Bolden said Thursday evening. "I talked with coach Dickerson and coach Dameron went by my school office to check my grades."

Bolden says he'll visit on Jan. 18. He was initially scheduled to take an official visit early in December, but Rebel head coach Houston Nutt postponed most visits during December while he was assembling his staff in Oxford.

In addition to Bolden, teammate Dallas Thomas will also visit according to Bolden.

Both prospects are rated three-stars by and both have an impressive list of offers.

Ole Miss, Alabama, Baylor and Tulane have offered Bolden, while Thomas' offer sheet includes the same four schools - plus Tennessee and Florida State.

In addition to Thomas, Bolden said that his friend, Prentiss Waggner, three-star cornerback from Clinton, La. is also planning to accompany him on the visit.

Waggner has offers from Ole Miss, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Minnesota.

"I know Prentiss had talked with "coach D" and they want him to visit.

As for Bolden, he says Alabama has backed off in recent weeks and he's mainly looking at Ole Miss and Tulane.

He said the new Rebel coaches didn't specifically tell him that his offer from the previous staff remains on the table, but he assumes with the visit and the coaches wanting him to take an official visit that the offer remains.

"I intend to keep an open mind, take the visit to Ole Miss, and then see what Tulane has to offer and then commit at some point after that."

Meanwhile, Waggner. a 6-foot-2, 170 pound cornerback, is ranked the No. 7 prospect in Louisiana and has the label of perhaps being the best athlete in the state that doesn't hold an offer from LSU. He says Tennessee is recruiting him hard and is appealing, but he may take visits to Florida and North Carolina as well.

Thomas, a 6-foot-6, 253 pound tackle, is ranked the No. 12 player in Louisiana is being courted by Alabama and Tennessee. He camped at Ole Miss last summer.

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