July 8, 2010
Friends' choices could impact four-star wide receiver
Donte Moncrief talks to T.J. Worthy and Maikhail Miller, among others, regularly.
So it certainly came as no shock to Moncrief, a four-star wide receiver from Raleigh, Miss., to learn that both Worthy and Miller intend to commit to Ole Miss next weekend at the Rebels' one-day senior camp.
That fact was on Moncrief's mind Thursday during his unofficial visit to Ole Miss.
"It influences me a little bit knowing that those guys really want to play at Ole Miss and we could build a strong family and become closer and be brothers on the team," Moncrief said. "We talk a lot. We text a lot, call and (talk on) Facebook. Me and Nickolas (Brassell), Tobias (Singleton), T.J., Jermaine Whitehead, we're all close like brothers and we talk about recruiting all the time."
Moncrief, who is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 4 prospect in Mississippi and the No. 196 prospect nationally, made the trip to Oxford along with teammates Woodrow Hamilton and Jraven Tribble.
"It was real cool," Moncrief said. "I got to have some time with the coaches. There weren't that many people here and I got a chance to see how the campus is. I didn't have to hurry. I got a chance to see how everything is, see more people and hang out and have more time with the coach."
Several members of the Ole Miss coaching staff were out of town Thursday, enjoying a little time off before preparations for the 2010 season begin in earnest next week. However, Moncrief got a chance to spend several hours with and around Ole Miss wide receivers coach Ron Dickerson Jr.
"Coach Dickerson is like a real good mentor," Moncrief said. "I look up to him. He calls me and tells me good things. He tells me what he's looking for and he tells me not to get the big head and to stay humble."
Moncrief, who has been very diplomatic throughout the recruiting process, said Thursday that four schools _ Ole Miss, Alabama, Oklahoma and UCLA _ stand out among others. And more importantly, for the first time, Moncrief said he's considering making a verbal commitment to his school of choice before his senior season begins.
"It didn't change that much. It was a big thing because I always wanted an offer from Alabama. Alabama still is one of my favorite schools but Ole Miss is up there with them also."
Moncrief will be back in Oxford on July 17 for Ole Miss' one-day senior camp. In the meantime, his focus is on Raleigh's 2010 campaign.
"My goal mostly is to stay humble, help my team do the best it can and get better at my routes, finish my routes and block better this year," Moncrief said.
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