May 18, 2010

Tribble, Hamilton drawing heavy interest

College coaches have flocked to Raleigh, Miss., this spring to check out wide receiver Donte Moncrief.

They've loved what they've seen.

And then some.

While scouting Moncrief, they've noticed his teammates, Woodrow Hamilton and Jraven Tribble. Suddenly, there's more than one reason to go to Raleigh.

Tribble, a 6-foot-5, 245-pound defensive end, recorded six sacks in Raleigh's jamboree appearance last Friday. It was the proverbial icing on the cake that was his strong spring. Tribble has picked up heavy interest from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama, UAB and Louisiana-Monroe. Coaches such as Southern Miss head coach Larry Fedora, Ole Miss defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix and Alabama assistant Bo Davis visited Raleigh and walked away more than a little impressed.

"It's real exciting," Tribble said, adding that he's received a verbal offer from Southern Miss and promises of offers from Louisiana-Monroe and UAB. "When it really started to happen, I was excited."

Nix, Tribble said, told Raleigh's coaches that the Rebels are "thinking about" offering. Tribble plans to give Ole Miss something more to think about during a two-day camp in Oxford June 5-6. The Rebels, Tribble said, are more than a little bit intiguing.

"I really want to go to Ole Miss," Tribble said. "I like their coaches, their workout plan, how they do things and how they handle things."

Hamilton has had a similar recruiting experience. The 6-3, 265-pound defensive tackle has used a strong performance in spring practice, hard work in the weight room and improving grades to entice college scouts.

Hamilton, who moved from Magee, Miss., to Raleigh after his grandmother's death, has picked up interest from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama, Illinois, UAB and others. Ole Miss, Alabama, Mississippi State and UAB, Hamilton said, have indicated that an offer could be forthcoming.

As is the case with Tribble, one school stands out early for Hamilton.

"I was told not to make a choice right now, but the three schools on top are Ole Miss, Alabama and Mississippi State," Hamilton said. "If I really had to choose right now, I'd probably say Ole Miss. I have to see how they operate in their school before I pick. I'm really open to see which scholl I'd be great at."

Hamilton, who attended a junior day at Ole Miss in late March, said he really liked what he saw during his day in Oxford.

"I just love their team, their coaching staff," Hamilton said. "I like how they care about their players. That's every team, but there's something I got a feel about (with Ole Miss)."

Hamilton will likely play defensive end and tight end at Raleigh this fall, though he feels his future is inside.

"At defensive tackle, nobody can handle me," Hamilton said. "It's a promise. It's a guarantee. Every position I play, I play my hardest, but my best position _ where I feel the best _ is defensive tackle."

As a junior at Magee, Hamilton recorded 69 tackles, nine quarterback sacks and four defensive touchdowns.

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