April 10, 2008

Ole Miss offers Florida trio

Ole Miss has offered three Sanford, Fla. prospects, but with late offers being extended to national-level athletes, the Rebels clearly have some work to do to get in the mix for their services.

"I just got the Ole Miss offer in the mail today," Dyron Dye said on Wednesday. "I stopped by my coaches office and he had just received the letter from Ole Miss.

The offer pushed Dye's list up to 26 schools who have offered.

Dye is just one of three prospects from Sanford that coaches can dream about signing as a package next February.

Dye is a 6-foot-5, 225 pound (up from his previous reported 6-foot-4, 215) defensive end prospect with 4.62 speed and is a four-star rated prospect and a member of the Rivals250.

If that's unusual talent for a small school located northeast of Orlando, Dye is joined by two other impressive prospects on his high school team.

Athlete Andre Debose is also rated a four-star prospect and a member of the Rivals250 and has offers from all-three major in-state programs as well as Clemson, LSU, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Rounding out the trio is Ray Ray Armstrong, a 6-foot-4, 218 pound prospect who is currently unranked, but has an offer sheet just as impressive as his teammates. Those offers also included the three major in-state schools as well as Notre Dame, Tennessee, and South Carolina.

While Dye was happy to receive the offer, he conceded that he hardly knows anything about Ole Miss, including the move of head coach Houston Nutt and five members of his Arkansas staff to Oxford.

"There's not a lot I know about Ole Miss," he said. "I've just seen them play a couple of times on television."

While Ole Miss may be a long shot for Dye, he said he's interested and might visit "at some point."

Dye claims no favorites, but so far, has restricted his junior day visits to just Florida schools.

He doesn't have any plans for attending any camps this summer.

Dye finished his junior year with 13.5 sacks, 65 tackles and three blocked field goals (one for a touchdown). He also blocked two punts and batted down eight passes with one interception.

Meanwhile, the 6-foot, 170-pound Debose completed 15-of-31 passes for 204-yards and a touchdown as a quarterback; carried the ball 84 times for 712-yards and 11 touchdowns as a running back and caught 18 passes for 270-yards as a receiver.

"They're all open, I will say that, just because all of the Florida schools have offered doesn't mean it's over for everyone else," Sanford head coach Mike Cullison told CycloneReport.com. Some of the schools that saw their film on Rivals.com said, 'We'll take all three.' They are all pretty talented kids."

Ole Miss has now joined the other schools, offering all three.

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