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May 12, 2008One repeated theme by Ole Miss coaches since new head coach Houston Nutt first laid eyes on his team on the field last March for spring practice is the lack of skills in the secondary.
That particularly applies at cornerback, where the Rebels return experienced starters Cassius Vaughn and Dustin Mouzon; however, beyond those players is a lack of skill and experience.
Nutt must play the hand he's been dealt for the upcoming season, but it's becoming obvious that cornerbacks will be a major priority for the 2009 signing class.
One speedster the Rebels have already offered is Colleyville (Heritage HS), Texas athlete Eddie Foster.
Foster, 5-foot-10, 165 pounds, said Sunday evening that his fastest 40-yard dash time was recorded at 4.26 and he routinely runs the 40 in the 4.4 to high 4.3 range.
It's that speed that has the Rebels interested and Ole Miss assistant James Shibest visited Foster last week.
"We really haven't talked yet," Foster said. "He just left his (business) card with my coach. I'm going to call him real soon."
However, it's not necessarily the relationship with Shibest that is most important with Foster.
"My coach knows the recruiting coordinator (Chris Vaughn) and they have a good relationship, so that's how Ole Miss knows about me and got interested."
Foster plays both cornerback and wide receiver for this high school, but it's clearly at cornerback where the Rebels' interest rests.
The speedster already has offers from Ole Miss, New Mexico, and Utah, and is getting interest in several other schools including Wisconsin, Missouri, and Tulsa.
Foster attended junior day at Oklahoma and Missouri and plans to either camp at Ole Miss this summer, or at least take an unofficial visit.
"I really don't know a lot of history about Ole Miss," he said. "I've seen them play on television a few times. But the coaches, I know they were at Arkansas, and from what I've seen they are really enthusiastic. There's some good coaches at Ole Miss that have coached good teams before and I think it's only a matter of time until they do some really good things there."
Foster says he's not in a hurry to commit, but does name his top three (in no certain order) - Ole Miss, Tulsa, and Wisconsin.
While Ole Miss is the only SEC team to offer at this point, the idea of playing the SEC is intrigues Foster.
"The SEC is an intense conference," he said. "It's a conference with schools that would really test my ability."
One thing that apparently doesn't test Foster's ability is academics. He supports a 3.3 GPA and has scored a 1200 on his SAT.