June 23, 2008

3-star ATH talks about Ole Miss' chances

Paris, Tenn. athlete Marsalis Teague recently spent time on the road visiting Vanderbilt, Clemson and Miami and came away particularly impressed with his trips to Clemson and Miami.

Teague, a 5-foot-10, 170 prospect who has an even dozen offers - the most recent coming from Stanford - said on Sunday that after the trips, he'd give Clemson and Stanford a slight edge, both that overall he remains wide open.

"Ole Miss is still up there," Teague said. "It's SEC football, not far away from home and I love the campus and I love the coaches. I've talked with Coach (Houston) Nutt, who gave me his personal number, and to Coach (Mike) Markuson and all the other coaches. Ole Miss has a legitimate shot."

Teague is committed to making at least one more visit to Oxford before pulling the trigger on a commitment.

"I'm either going down for an unofficial visit this summer or early in the season," he said. "I thought at first that I'd make a decision by the end of the summer, but that's probably not going to happen because I want to see all the schools that have offered before I make a decision."

While the Rebels are in the hunt for the standout athlete, it's clear there remains some work to be down after the Clemson, and particularly the Miami visit.

"I talked to Gavin Hardin before I went down and he told me what to expect," Teague said. "I was still pretty much blown away by it all."

Hardin, who is from nearby Jackson, Tenn., was Ole Miss first commitment of the 2008 signing class and stayed with the Rebels for almost 11 months before getting a late offer from Miami and flipping to the Hurricanes just before signing day.

Some buzz hitting the internet during Teague's trip was his newfound friendship with Bastrop, La. five star prospect Rueben Randle.

"Rueben's kind of quite so I just went over and started talking and we kind of bonded," Teague said. "But it wasn't much about recruiting or schools, it was more about just having a good time and exchanging thoughts about Miami and coaches, that sort of thing."

Last season Teague rushed 151 times for 1,639 yards with 17 rushing touchdowns. He also threw for 1,355 yards with 17 touchdowns and had three interceptions and two forced fumbles on defense.

"Ole Miss is saying there's no way they want to redshirt me, and playing time, particularly early, is very important to me," he said. "They are saying that I could play quarterback in the Wild Rebel formation and then use me at wide receiver, maybe even some at cornerback when I'm not running the Wild Rebel."

Teague has a 4.0 GPA and made 21 on the ACT as a sophomore.

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