October 23, 2008

Rebels get first shot at Georgia cornerback

College Park (Banneker), Ga., cornerback Emmanuel Lartey has no preconceived notions about Ole Miss.

Instead, he's planning to absorb as much as he cans when he takes an official visit to the Oxford campus for the Rebels' Nov. 1 game against Southeastern Conference foe Auburn.

Playing time, Lartey said Wednesday afternoon, is important, so the Rebels should be able to impress him with the lure of early playing time. The Rebels have just four cornerbacks in the rotation right now. One, Dustin Mouzon is a senior. Two others, Marshay Green and Jeremy McGee, are converted offensive skill players.

"I don't know much about Ole Miss, but I want to go up and see," Lartey said. "Playing time is important, but I haven't really talked to (Ole Miss defensive line coach Tracy Rocker, who recruits Georgia for the Rebels) about it."

Lartey, a three-star prospect with 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash, helped lead Banneker to an upset of No. 2 Mays last Friday.

"Not a lot of passes are being thrown my way," Lartey said. "It's frustrating and kind of boring."

Recruiting is getting exciting, however. Lartey has offers from 11 schools, including Ole Miss, Arkansas, West Virginia, Louisville, Maryland, Mississippi State, Marshall, Akron and North Carolina State. Lartey, who has impressed recruiters with his ball skills and good feet, said he'll visit Louisville on Nov. 22 and West Virginia and Maryland after the season before making a decision.

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