March 1, 2012

Gatlin confident he will impress this summer

C.J. Gatlin didn't get an offer from Ole Miss last weekend.

He didn't really expect one.

Gatlin did receive an invitation to return to Oxford for the Rebels' Grove Bowl game and to one of the Rebels' camps in June.

He did expect that.

More importantly, the Ruston, La., quarterback accepted those invitations, confident in his ability to impress the Rebels' brass when they see him throw in person this summer.

"It was really good," Gatlin said of his visit to Ole Miss. "I really liked it. The facilities are really nice. The coaches are really nice. The head coach really impressed me when he talked about faith and character."

Gatlin said several schools have looked at his film and asked him to come throw for them in person in order to provide a further opportunity to evaluate his motion and release.

"I sort of expected it," Gatlin said. "At first, it was kind of annoying, but I understand it. They want to see me interact with other players and see me communicate. I can throw. I'll do whatever a coach tells me to do. I want to be successful. I like making my coaches happy. I played for my dad the last three years. My dad would tell me when he was proud of me or when he was mad at me."

Gatlin's father, former Alexandria Senior (La.) High coach Chris Gatlin, is now the offensive coordinator in Ruston. As a junior playing for his dad, Gatlin completed 189 of 286 passes for 2,722 yards, 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

"I try to keep him not mad at me," Gatlin said of his father, laughing. "When he was mad at me, he wouldn't speak to me."

Gatlin, who also visited Texas A&M recently, said he has no favorites and no timetable for a decision yet.

"Everything is wide open," Gatlin said. "…I don't really have a plan. I'm just kind of going with the flow right now. I'm just getting ready for next year to make my new team better. I'm at a new school and I really don't know everybody yet."

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