May 6, 2008

Mobile wide receiver gets visit from Rebels

MOBILE, Ala. _ Ole Miss assistant coach Ron Dickerson Jr., was at Williamson High School in Mobile on Monday afternoon to watch wide receiver Mujahid Assad practice.

"I talked to him earlier in the day," Assad said Tuesday night. "I had talked to him before on the phone."

The good news for Ole Miss is the Rebels are in the top five for Assad, joining LSU, Louisville, Mississippi State and Purdue. The bad news, however, is Ole Miss is no longer in Assad's top two, this development coming weeks after Williamson coach Bobby Parrish indicated that Assad and his teammate, wide receiver LaVoyd James, were closing in on commitments to the Rebels.

"I like LSU and Louisville a lot," Assad said. "Neither of them has offered though."

Only Ole Miss and Mississippi State have offered scholarships to Assad, a 6-foot-1, 184-pound speedster. Assad isn't worried about that, at least not yet. He thinks more offers are coming.

"I'm going to take my time," Assad said, adding that he plans to attend several camps this summer, though he's set no plans in stone. "I'll wait until the last day. There's no pressure."

As for James, Assad said that while he and the 5-10, 175-pound slot receiver have been best friends since the seventh grade, they will likely choose different paths in February.

"We're going to be separate," Assad said, adding that James favors Auburn and Tennessee at this point.

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