April 21, 2010

Notes: Trio of prospects enjoys Grove Bowl visits

It's true that Dexter McCluster made his mark at Ole Miss, but the versatile athlete also left his mark as an opportunity for other players who are short in stature.

B.J. Trimble, a 5-foot-8, 155-pound wide receiver from Tyrone, Ga.'s Sandy Creek High School, took in Ole Miss' Grove Bowl over the weekend.

"I really liked the coaching staff and the campus," Trimble said. "It's a good fit. They (the coaching staff) put God first with your team and family second and I really liked that."

Trimble is a player who has made a name for himself as an all-around athlete with superior breakaway speed, something that Trimble feels that he can bring to whichever school he chooses.

"They (Ole Miss) lose Dexter McCluster so they're probably looking for another slot guy," Trimble said.

Trimble said he plans to attend camps this summer at Alabama, Cincinnati, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Memphis, Ole Miss, and Tennessee. Of that group, Trimble said, the three schools that intrigue him the most are Alabama, Clemson and Ole Miss.

"I like all three of them because of their tradition," said Trimble.

HARRIS HOPING TO LAND OLE MISS OFFER: Memphis (Whitehaven), Tenn., linebacker Charles Harris took in Ole Miss' Grove Bowl over the weekend and came away thoroughly impressed.

"I hope to build relationships with the coaching staff and hopefully gain an offer from Ole Miss," the 6-1, 201-pound Harris said. "It's close to home, too, so my family can come down and see me play."

Harris was featured on the Rivals.com U.S. National All-Combine Team at his position in February and has been regarded as a player to watch on the 2011 recruiting scene.

"Well, I'm interested in Duke, Louisville, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Penn State, and Southern Miss," Harris said.

Harris said he's not only determined to excel not only on the football field, but also in the classroom as well.

"They (Ole Miss) have a good science department which is good because I want to get into physical therapy," Harris said. "I don't want to be used just because I have athletic ability. I want the ability to succeed as a human being and I think the Ole Miss coaching staff can do that."

Harris said he plans on attending camps sponsored by both Nike and Under Armour before mapping out his summer plans at various schools.

MANNING HAS 'ONE OF THE BEST TIMES OF MY LIFE': Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College wide receiver Mychal Manning spent this past weekend in Oxford with several of his teammates. The West Monroe, La., native referred to his 48 hours in Oxford as "one of the best times of my life."

Manning, a 6-foot-3, 183-pounder with 4.59-second speed in the 40-yard dash, will be playing his first season for the Bulldogs this fall. A heralded prospect at West Monroe, Manning failed to qualify out of high school and floundered a bit before enrolling in Perkinston. He said he's hoping to catch some eyes this spring during the evaluation period, and Ole Miss certainly has his interest.

"We went out and really enjoyed ourselves," Manning said of his weekend at Ole Miss. I was amazed by their campus. The town shows much love, and the program really pays attention to their players and I really liked that."

RebelGrove.com Senior Writer Neal McCready contributed to this report.

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