May 19, 2009

Rebels eye pair of Miami products

Gareef Glashen's calling card is speed, speed that once put him on the track with another Miami-area speedster named Korvic Neat.

Neat will be at Ole Miss later this summer, embarking on what he and Rebel fans hope is a stellar college football career.

It's possible, it's beginning to appear, that Glashen and Neat might get a chance to race again, as Ole Miss' interest in the Miami (Coral City), Fla., cornerback has increased dramatically.

"I talked to (Ole Miss cornerbacks coach/recruiting coordinator Chris Vaughn) this past Sunday," Glashen said Monday night. "They're telling me they'll be down here this Thursday to watch my game against Northwestern and see how I do and then they'll be at my school Friday.

"I know good things about Ole Miss. I like their coaching staff and the defense that they run. I'd like to learn a lot more about them."

Vaughn will be attending a jamboree Thursday night that features Carol City against Northwestern followed by Booker T. Washington facing Boyd Anderson.

Glashen, a 5-foot-11, 182-pounder with 4.36-second speed in the 40-yard dash, recorded 65 tackles, 14 pass break-ups and two forced fumbles last season. Still, he enters the jamboree with no offers. He expects that to change.

"I'm very physical and fast," Glashen said. "I like to play man coverage and I like to lock down the best receiver on the field. …I expect a lot of offers to be coming in. I'm just now giving out my film."

Perhaps the school recruiting Glashen the hardest right now is Ole Miss.

"Ole Miss is saying they want to offer me but they want to see me in person and they want me to take my SAT," Glashen said. "I take it June 6."

Several other programs, Glashen said, are showing increased interest. West Virginia, Florida State, Florida International, Kansas State, Tennessee and Colorado State, among others, have been by the school. As for a decision, Glashen said he's in no hurry.

"I'd like to commit during the season, but if the decision is hard, I will wait until signing day," Glashen said.

Harris focused on track, not recruiting

Miami (Northwestern), Fla., four-star wide receiver Michaelee Harris will attend Thursday's jamboree, but he's not expected to play. Instead, Harris has dedicated his spring to track. The 6-foot, 167-pound speedster runs the 300- and 400-meter hurdles and is part of the four-by-400-meter relay. In addition, he is a strong performer in the long jump.

Harris has offers from a variety of schools, including Ole Miss, Mississippi State, West Virginia, Miami, Kansas State and Central Florida. He had 30 receptions as a junior.

"Right now everyone is in the mix," Harris said. "I'm very open right now. I'm looking at all the possibilities right now."

Harris said he'll be going to a 7-on-7 camp at Oregon this summer. He has no other travel plans. However, he might be making a trip or two to the Magnolia State later this fall. The Southeastern Conference is intriguing, and right now, his SEC offers are in Mississippi.

"I really want to play in the SEC," Harris said. "That's the toughest conference in the country and I need to play against the best if I'm going to go to the (NFL)."

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