April 7, 2009

Four-star DE evaluates Ole Miss visit

Kaleb Eulls hasn't been one to tip his hand, at least not in the early going, when it comes to naming favorites in the race for his college services.

However, the Pickens (Yazoo County), Miss., four-star defensive end admitted Monday that Ole Miss was "at the bottom" of his list before he arrived on the Oxford campus Saturday morning to witness the Rebels' first scrimmage of the spring and spend some time with Houston Nutt and Co.

"Now that I got a chance to look at the school, they're up there," Eulls said. "They're in my top choices."

Eulls, a 6-foot-4, 245-pounder who can play a number of positions on the field thanks to his athleticism and his 4.6-second speed in the 40-yard dash, had heard some negativity from locals about Ole Miss. He figured it was just banter from fans of rivals schools, but he wanted to see for himself.

"To me, they really proved more than what I had thought of them," Eulls said. "I was expecting what some of the Mississippi State fans had said. I wanted to see if that school could prove them wrong. Let me tell you: Ole Miss, they proved them wrong. When you see that campus and the environment around the campus."

Eulls made the trip to Oxford with Yazoo County coach Matt Williams. Asked to assess the visit, Eulls gave the Rebels rave reviews.

"The visit went very good," Eulls said. "The thing that stuck out was the coaching staff and the players. I liked the way they interacted. I got a chance to stand on the sidelines. I was on the defensive side and they're cool guys. They get after it, keep each other going, but they're not mean or anything.

"I think I would fit in very good, especially playing defensive end in a speed kind of way, mostly."

After the scrimmage, Eulls got a chance to visit with Nutt, Tyrone Nix, Derrick Nix and others on the Ole Miss staff.

"The conversations were great," Eulls said. "They are friendly. They care about the players. I got a chance to talk to (Ole Miss recruiting coordinator/cornerbacks) Coach (Chris) Vaughn. I was eating lunch, and he sat down and joined us. Ten seconds into it, I forgot about everything else, the food, everything. I was listening to him, looking him straight in the eye.

"He said I was the one. He said I have the ability to play and the academics to back it up. He said I'd fit in their program."

Eulls, who plans to visit LSU on April 18, has scholarship offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Mississippi, LSU and Alabama. He said he is going to try to fit another trip to Oxford, this time for the Rebels' camp, into his summer plans.

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