October 12, 2009

Four-star defensive tackle back from Ole Miss visit

Earlier this fall, James Carmon hinted that he might commit to Ole Miss if his official visit to Oxford went as well as both he and the Rebels hoped it would.

The four-star defensive tackle from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College took that much-anticipated official visit to Ole Miss this past weekend.

He left Oxford without giving his commitment, but it would be a mistake to assume the visit went poorly.

"It might just happen," Carmon said. "I'm going to call (Ole Miss defensive line) Coach (Terry) Price tonight on some new stuff and if he gives me the right answers, I'm there."

Specifically, Carmon said he wants to know how Price plans to use a player of his frame _ 6-foot-7, 370 pounds _ given how much taller he is compared to the defensive tackles Ole Miss has on campus now. Ole Miss' four defensive tackles _ Lawon Scott, Ted Laurent, Jerrell Powe and LaMark Armour _ are all in the 6-1 to 6-2 range.

"Now they have some short guys," Carmon said. "I want to see where he would put me in terms of where they'd put me on the field."

Ole Miss runs a 4-3 defense and rotates defensive lines, seemingly every four plays, and the Rebels' scheme is appealing.

"I talked to Coach Price yesterday and I asked him about that because they have four junior tackles and how that worked out for me," Carmon said. "He said I'd definitely be in a rotation. He said they rotate every four plays. That's how I observed it (during the Rebels' 22-3 loss to Alabama Saturday). There are really not starters. They all play the same exact time. Some might get a little more reps than others. If I were to commit, I'd be playing. I'd put myself in a position where I can play and I'll play harder than everybody.

"In high school, I played a 4-3. I play a 3-4 here. Honestly, it doesn't matter. I just want to play football. You could put me at quarterback. As long as I'm doing my job, I'll be fine. Double-teams, I'll take them on. Single-teams, I'll win them all. …Honestly, I like the 4-3, because I get a one-on-one match-up the whole time."

Carmon, who also claims offers from Alabama, Coastal Carolina, Memphis, Mississippi State, Penn State, South Florida and Tennessee, said Ole Miss is clearly the leader.

"I definitely see myself being there," Carmon said. "The players were telling me it's the place to be. They said you go to school and play football and everything else works out."

Carmon said he liked what he saw off the field during his 48 hours at Ole Miss as well.

"My visit went good," Carmon said. "I liked Ole Miss. I like it up there. The fans are good, the coaching staff is good. I like the atmosphere up there. It was live. …It stands good right now. It went well for me."

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