December 26, 2007

Is Ole Miss interested in Jefcoat?

Fulton, Miss. quarterback Bret Jefcoat camped at Ole Miss last summer and talked with the previous staff and received all the customary correspondence, but an offer never was made.

After quarterbacking the Mississippi all-stars to a win over Alabama last week, that could change - if not with Ole Miss - then with other schools.

"I haven't heard from Ole Miss all fall," Jefcoat said on Wednesday afternoon. "I went to the 7-on-7 camp there and it became pretty obvious that they were going in another direction."

Jefcoat committed to Louisiana Tech last September and also has an offer from Arkansas State.

"Some interest has picked up since the all-star game," Jefcoat said. "It's mainly Southern Miss. They haven't offered yet, but said they'd be looking at my film and they'd get back to me."

Jefcoat, at 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, wasn't the prototype quarterback that former offensive coordinator Dan Werner wanted. New head coach Houston Nutt, who started an array of quarterbacks from the 6-foot-6 Matt Jones to the 6-foot-2 Casey Dick at Arkansas, may not be as selective when it comes to height.

In fact, Jefcoat may have the mentality that Nutt looks for in a quarterback - a player who can manage the game and not make a lot of mistakes.

That's what Jefcoat did in the all-star game while going eight of 15 passing for 81 yards and two touchdowns.

"It would have been easy to be intimidated by all that talent in Mobile," Jefcoat said. "I didn't let it get into my head. I just wanted to get the ball to play makers and there were a lot of the there."

Jefcoat was also named best passer between both teams, out dueling Auburn three-star ranked commitment Barrett Trotter for the honor.

While Jefcoat says he's firmly committed to Louisiana Tech, he says he'll look at other schools if they offer.

Jefcoat's father played at Ole Miss and he grew up a big Ole Miss fan.

"No doubt, I love them," he said. "I grew up a Rebel fan and I'll always cheer for them. It was a dream of mine to player quarterback for the Rebels."

But he understands the way coaches and recruiting and playing quarterback happens, particularly in the SEC.

"I think the chances of me getting a look (from Ole Miss) are better since the all-star game and with the coaching change," Jefcoat said. "I will look at Ole Miss, if the are interested, and think about it - if not - I'll do what's best for me."

Jefcoat said he's pleased with the offer from Louisiana Tech and thinks the Bulldogs are an up and coming program under Derek Dooley, who finished 5-7 in his first year of re-building.

Whether Jefcoat draws any interest from the Rebels remains to be seen, but he has one fan in his corner.

"Tig (Darius) Barksdale told me I should be coming to Ole Miss," Jefcoat said. "He told me that he was going to put in a good word for me with the new staff."

Jefcoat wasn't the only player Barksdale was trying to influence.

He was after DeAndre Brown, Chris Mitchell - all those guys - telling them Ole Miss is going to be special, Jefcoat said. analysis of Jefcoat in Mobile:

Jefcoat looked sharp in practice and then performed in the game as if this had been his team all year. Played with complete command, showed a good arm and athleticism. He also handled kickoff duties where most of his kicks were downed in the end zone.

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