February 8, 2010
Moncrief names early leader
Donte Moncrief has been a frequent visitor to Ole Miss' campus over the years.
Still, the talented wide receiver from Raleigh, Miss., had looked forward to attending the Rebels' first junior day late last month, as he wanted to get a better feel for the program when his trip to Oxford didn't accompany an Ole Miss football game.
"It was great," Moncrief said. "I learned how cool all the coaches were and how they feel about their program."
Moncrief, a 6-foot-2, 205-pounder, also learned about how much he's coveted by the Ole Miss staff. The Rebels told several of the top receivers at the junior day _ a group that included [/db]Nickolas Brassell[/db] and Josh Pinkston _ they plan to sign four wide receivers in the 2011 signing class.
"They said they'd like to have me," Moncrief said. "They said they like how I play, my attitude and they like my grades."
Moncrief, who has an offer from Ole Miss and is drawing interest from Alabama, Mississippi State, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee, said most teams are recruiting him strictly as a wide receiver though some have expressed interest in looking at him as a safety. Moncrief said he believes his future is on the offensive side of the football.
"I've got very good hands. I'm quick, fast and strong," Moncrief said, adding he wants to make his routes more precise during his senior season.
Moncrief said he won't make a college decision anytime soon. His mother wants him to wait until National Signing Day next February. However, he said Ole Miss is a clear leader for his signature.
"Right now, they're No. 1," Moncrief said. "They've gotten in cool with my family and my family likes the coaches. (Ole Miss wide receiver coach Ron Dickerson Jr.) is a cool guy. He's like a daddy on the team for the wide receivers. He's the type of coach who tries his best to get his guys to the next level."
If there's one school in particular Ole Miss will have to keep an eye on in its recruiting of Moncrief, it's Alabama. Moncrief grew up cheering for the Crimson Tide, as did his parents.
"It'd be a good race," Moncrief said. "Ever since I was little, I've been a fan."
However, Moncrief's father, Spencer Moncrief Sr., is a pastor at Mount Olive Baptist Church, and the younger Moncrief said his parents have been impressed with the Rebels' sense of family and spirituality during their interactions with Ole Miss coaches and players.
Moncrief averaged more than 20 yards per reception as a junior. He's also intercepted 10 passes over the past two seasons at Raleigh.
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