September 2, 2010

Rivals100 receiver happy with commitment

A friend answered Donte Moncrief's cell phone Wednesday night.

After two months of relative peace, the phone was ringing off the proverbial hook again, a sign that the recruiting calendar had changed.

Of course, the Rivals100 wide receiver from Raleigh, Miss., expected that, and he said he's prepared to deal with it.

"It slowed down a little, but I know it's about to get crazy because it's September," said Moncrief, who committed to Ole Miss in mid-July. "I think I can handle it."

Moncrief said he talked to coaches from UCLA and Southern Mississippi on Wednesday, the first day college coaches could initiate telephone contact with prospective 2011 signees. Moncrief also talked to Ole Miss wide receivers coach Ron Dickerson Jr., who played a huge role in landing a commitment from the 6-foot-2, 203-pounder.

"He just asked me if I was coming up this weekend and if I was bringing my family," said Moncrief, who is indeed making the trip to Oxford on Saturday for Ole Miss' season opener against Jacksonville State.

Moncrief saw his stock soar over the summer with strong performances at Ole Miss' elite camp in early June and then throughout the summer during 7-on-7 camps and tournaments, eventually leading to a spot in the Rivals100 at No. 88.

"It made me feel good about my summer," Moncrief said. "All the camps paid off, but I'm not going to get the big head or anything like that."

With the superb summer came more attention, though Moncrief said he remains firmly committed to Ole Miss.

"Man, I'm happy with my decision, but I won't close the door so soon," Moncrief said. "You never know what's going to happen."

Moncrief, who is ranked as the No. 2 prospect in Mississippi and the No. 9 wide receiver nationally, has helped lead Raleigh to a 2-0 start going into Friday's game at Bay Springs. Moncrief has scored three touchdowns on offense and added 18 tackles as a defender.

On Saturday, Moncrief will resume the role he's apparently been playing for the past couple of months -- recruiter-in-chief. Moncrief said he's been in consistent contact with fellow commitments Aaron Morris, T.J. Worthy, Justin Bell and teammate Woodrow Hamilton.

"Everybody's solid," Moncrief said.

He's also been working to help the Rebels' cause with top targets Nickolas Brassell, Tobias Singleton, Cameron Clear and Floyd Raven, among others.

When he's not recruiting Saturday, Moncrief said he'll be keeping a close eye on Ole Miss' offense, one that features a new starter at quarterback (Nathan Stanley), a first-time starter at wide receiver (Melvin Harris) and newcomers on the offensive line (A.J. Hawkins and Tank Washington).

"I'm just looking at where I'll fit in and how they run the offense," Moncrief said.

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