March 2, 2008

Rebels get Junior Day commitment

Ole Miss hosted about 25 high school juniors on Saturday and West Helena prospect Turrell Williams decided to commit after visiting with the Rebel staff.

"I'm an Arkansas fan," Williams said. "But I'm a bigger Houston Nutt fan. I've always dreamed of running the football for Houston Nutt.

Williams, a 6-foot-2, 215 pound running back with 4.5 speed, was one of five prospects who took the trip from West Helena along with two coaches to visit Ole Miss.

"We had lunch, met with coaches, and they told us the style of the offense, and then toured facilities including the academic facilities," Williams said.

"I love their facilities, they are really nice," Williams said. "I loved the walk through the tunnel (from the Indoor Practice Facility) on to the field."

"It's just the whole enviornment at Ole Miss," Williams said. "I think they have potential to turn it around and be a big winner at Ole Miss. I would love to be a part of that."

Included in the group from West Helena was Arkansas commitment Darius Winston.

"He's committed to the Hawgs and I'm now committed to Ole Miss," Williams said. "We had talked about all playing together and it looks like that won't work out. But with Darius, he loves the Razorbacks, but he also really loves coach (Chris) Vaughn, so I don't know."

Others from West Helena included lineman prospect Jeff Amey, quarterback Deondre Johnson, and defensive lineman Eric Smiley.

Williams' only offer is currently from Ole Miss, but he said he had heard that Arkansas is close to offering.

He's also hearing from Memphis, Tennessee, Auburn, Vanderbilt, and Oregon.

Williams played running back, wide receiver, free safety and strong safety for his high school team last season. He also returned all kick offs and saw some duty returning punts.

He reports 1,500 all purpose yards for 17 touchdowns, and have five more called back due to penalities.

With an impressive list of positions played, Williams figures to be a running back for the Rebels.

"They told me they want be to be a running back in the Wild Rebel - a spin off of Nutt's popular Wild Hog formation that places a running back at the quarterback position.

Williams said he had a 3.0 GPA headed into this junior season, but it dipped to 2.8 after the fall semester. He took a pre-ACT in the ninth grade and made a 15 and will take the test for the first time for the record next month.

Williams joins Payton Jason as the Rebels two commits for the 2009 class. Jason committed under the previous staff and Williams is the first commitment for the 2009 by players originially recruited by Nutt.




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