December 5, 2006
California JC lineman to enroll in January
There is no doubt that Ole Miss Head coach Ed Orgeron has a plan when it comes to recruiting.
It's far more evident this season as the Rebels have already picked up 23 commitments, but more importantly is how he and his staff is recruiting the junior college circuit.
They are looking for players who not only fit their program, but as in the case of Mark Jean-Louis, will have three years to play three years instead of the usual two.
Jean-Louis, red shirted his freshman year at Cerritos C.C and played this past fall. The talented offensive lineman will have three years of eligibility left.
"I will enroll in January," Jean-Louis said Monday night. "The Ole Miss Coaches are excited because I have three years to play three. They are telling me that they are counting on me coming in right away and make an immediate impact at the guard position."
Saturday's trip to Oxford wasn't Jean-Louis first trip to the south; in fact the West Palm Beach (FL) native is glad that his new school will put him closer to home.
"I wanted to play in the SEC and I wanted to be closer to home, I get both of those things at Ole Miss," Jean-Louis said. "The campus was great, the town is smaller but nice, and I liked everything about it."
Jean-Louis was also impressed with the facilities and the coaching staff.
"The facilities are top of the line," Jean-Louis said. "I really enjoyed the excitement of the coaching staff. They really love Ole Miss and you can tell. It's a great atmosphere to play in."
Veteran offensive line coach Art Kehoe also made an impression on his future player.
"Coach Kehoe is a wonderful coach and I love the way he gets fired up," Jean-Louis said. "He has a lot of experience and his current players love him."
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