July 9, 2010

Hamilton, Tribble reflect on Ole Miss visit

When Raleigh, Miss., defensive tackle Woodrow Hamilton left Oxford, Miss., in early June at the conclusion of Ole Miss Elite Camp, he had improved his stock as much or more than any of the other 110 or so fellow campers.

Still, the 6-foot-3, 278-pounder left without an Ole Miss offer.

That changed a couple of weeks later, when the Rebels made sure Hamilton knew that they wanted him badly. On Thursday, Hamilton took his first return trip to Oxford since receiving that offer.

"I felt real good about it," Hamilton said. "When you're coming for a camp and everything, it's different because you're coming to work and stuff. Today we just came to know more about the school and take a good tour. I met (Ole Miss wide receivers) Coach (Ron) Dickerson (Jr.) in a better way. The same with (Ole Miss recruiting coordinator/cornerbacks) Coach (Chris) Vaughn. It was good. I'm glad I can feel like I can call on those coaches and ask them about my life and how I'm doing. Everything's going to be good."

Hamilton, who has also picked up a scholarship offer from Mississippi State this summer, said the offer from Ole Miss gave him a "good feeling."

"I'm glad that I know that I have a good opportunity to do good for myself and write my ticket for life at Ole Miss," Hamilton said. "Like I've said, I like the school a lot. I have not committed yet, but time will tell. Things will come. Other schools are opening for me, so we'll just have to see what I do and when I do it."

Asked if he had a leader, Hamilton paused and admitted it was a question he really didn't want to answer. Then, without being pressed, Hamilton responded.

"To be honest, I don't want to people to think that I'm just blocking out all the other schools. I love Ole Miss, but I also love Mississippi State. Like I said, when I do choose, it will be what I really want.

"I'm going to wait a couple of days. (Ole Miss) talked to me about me and my cousins (DonteMoncrief and Jraven Tribble) and we've talked about going to the same school. If all of us can agree to going to the same school, no matter what, that's what I'm going to do. But it's going to be a school that all three of us really want to go to. If it's Mississippi State, it's Mississippi State. If it's Ole Miss, it's Ole Miss. If it's Alabama, it's going to be Alabama."

TRIBBLE EAGER TO SHOW VERSATILITY: Tribble worked at defensive end and defensive tackle during Ole Miss' elite camp in June.

The 6-foot-5, 253-pounder plans to return to Oxford on July 17 for the Rebels' one-day senior camp, and he'll work on the offensive side of the ball.

"I'll see how it goes," Tribble said. "I really think that's where my future is. …(Ole Miss is) hoping to see me come to camp, show up and show them what I can do on both sides of the ball."

Tribble, who plays both sides at Raleigh, admitted that his heart has always been on defense, but he knows his ticket to the college game is likely on the offensive line.

"It's not going to be that hard (to make the switch)," Tribble said.

Tribble said he has narrowed his favorites to Ole Miss and Mississippi State with neither school in front. He said he feels both schools are on the verge of extending a scholarship offer. Ole Miss, Tribble said, made a strong impression Thursday.

"You get to see stuff more close-up," Tribble said. "Coach Dickerson showed us all around and we saw some players that were in doing (offseason) workouts and we saw some players (Michael Oher, Derrick Burgess) who were in there working out who are already in the (NFL)."

Hamilton said he plans to build up to 265 pounds by the end of his senior season.

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