January 31, 2010

Notebook: Keel commits; Davis, Noblin deciding

Brandon Keel had a pretty good idea where his next home would be before he arrived at Ole Miss on Friday afternoon.

After some 48 hours in Oxford, the fullback/linebacker from Gulfport (Harrison Central), Miss., felt secure enough to go public with his thoughts.

Keel told RebelSports.net late Sunday morning that he has decided to commit to Ole Miss. The Rebels have offered Keel preferred walk-on status.

"They don't have many fullbacks," Keel said. "It's a good opportunity for me. They told me that as long as I pick up the speed of the game and learn the offense, I'll have a chance at playing time next year."

Keel, a 6-foot-2, 220-pounder, was hosted by H.R. Greer.

"Ole Miss just kind of has that homey feeling," Keel said. "I like the people there. Coach (Houston) Nutt just seems like a great guy to play for. That's what I'm going to do."

NOBLIN SET TO DECIDE: Ocean Springs, Miss., athlete Sam Noblin had Memphis in the lead going into the final weekend of official visits before Wednesday's National Signing Day.

The son of former Ole Miss standout Jeff Noblin visited his dad's alma mater over the weekend. He returned to the gulf coast with plenty to contemplate.

"It was a really good visit," said Noblin, who was offered invited walk-on status by the Rebels. "I enjoyed it a lot. (Ole Miss) is out of scholarships, but they said they wouldn't treat us any differently and we'd have just as good a chance to play."

While Ole Miss told Noblin he could earn a scholarship down the road if he worked hard, Memphis' scholarship offer is immediate.

"That's a pretty good thing," Noblin said. "They have a great staff. Ole Miss is kind of where I grew up. I like every coach there and the vision they have for the program. They're going to win games and that's a big thing to me."

Noblin, a 6-3, 210-pounder who played quarterback and safety at Ocean Springs, could stay in the secondary or move to outside linebacker at the college level. He said he's hoping to choose a college home in the next couple of days.

"I grew up coming up here (to Oxford) and I've always enjoyed it," Noblin said. "With recruiting though, you look at it in a different aspect."

DAVIS STILL THINKING: Lynn Haven, Fla., cornerback Ethan Davis met with Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt and cornerbacks coach/recruiting coordinator Chris Vaughn on Sunday morning before returning to the Sunshine State.

"I've been talking to the coaches all weekend," Davis said. "They're telling me they want me to be up here."

However, the 6-foot, 175-pound Davis does not yet have a firm scholarship offer from Ole Miss. He's also considering signing with Troy on Wednesday.

"I don't know right now," Davis said. "I'm really thinking about it."

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