December 22, 2008
Texas DB talks about Ole Miss commitment
Some Ole Miss fans got a early glimpse of Missouri City (Hightower HS), Texas defensive back Dele Junaid when his Hurricane team played for the 5-A state championship on Saturday in a game broadcast by satellite providers.
Junaid, a 6-foot-2, 185 pound safety, who committed to Ole Miss last summer, and his Hightower teammates came out on the short end of a 21-14 score against Allen. The game was played in Reliant Stadium in Houston and Hightower finished the season 13-1 despite having a couple of games cancelled because of a hurricane.
Junaid was credited with seven tackles in the game and also claimed two forced fumbles and a pass breakup. He also had a tackle for a loss.
"Recruiting is going pretty much the same," Junaid said on Sunday evening. "I'm still committed to Ole Miss and am in the process of scheduling my official visit. I'm not sure when that's going to be - sometime in January."
Junaid said he's certain to take a visit; however, noted that he had previously visited the Ole Miss campus last summer, making a visit somewhat of a lesser priority.
Junaid is currently rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com and has offers from Buffalo, Louisiana-Lafayette, and Montana State in addition to the Ole Miss offer. He said he also recently picked up an offer from Boise State and several schools remain in contact.
While Junaid may not be a big target for some schools, he's obviously one for Ole Miss with Rebel safety's coach Kim Dameron staying in contact.
"Coach Dameron and I talk a lot, at least once a week," Junaid said. "He's really a good guy and it's really nice that the coach recruiting me will also be my position coach."
Junaid would not totally discount entertaining overtures from other schools or even perhaps taking visits, he did stress he's committed to Ole Miss and is overall happy with his decision to commit.
At the time in committed late last July, the Rebels hadn't won an SEC game since the season finale of the 2006 season and was predicted by most "experts" to finish last in the SEC.
"I committed early and when I committed I knew I was committing to a good team," Junaid said. "What they've done really hasn't surprised me at all. Well, maybe I didn't expect them to be this good."
He said he plans to attend the Cotton Bowl and is trying to work out travel arrangements.
Junaid has already scored an 18 on his ACT and has a 2.5 in his core subjects and an overall GPA around 2.9.
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