June 12, 2008

Texas QB plans return to Ole Miss

After attending Ole Miss' summer football camp, Louisville, Miss. quarterback Clayton Moore departed without an immediate offer, and the Rebels are continuing to look at quarterbacks.

The Rebels obvious number one target is Kansas City's Nathan Scheelhaase, but beyond that, it appears Ole Miss is undecided for plan B in the event Scheelhaase casts his lot elsewhere.

Ole Miss is expected to sign only one quarterback for 2009 with sophomore Jevan Sneadlikely entrenched as the starter for at least two, perhaps three years, and two signees scheduled to appear on the roster this fall.

Signee Nathan Stanleyis set to arrive for the second semester of summer school later this month; however, it's unclear if fellow signee Chris Wilkes will report.

Wilkes had initially planned to report on June 24; however, he was drafted in the 22nd round of the Major League Baseball draft last week and is currently in negotiations with the San Diego Padres.

Wilkes told RebelSports.net on Friday that the "money would have to be right" before signing and downplayed the likelihood of signing. However, early on Tuesday he said had met with Padres officials on Monday and talks were ongoing. He hasn't returned calls made to him since Tuesday.

If Wilkes decides to bolt to the Padres, the Rebels' target of one quarterback for 2009 could quickly change to two.

Meanwhile, one quarterback that is on the Rebels radar with interest being mutual between the prospect and the staff is San Antonio (Alamo Heights) quarterback Drew Allen.

While there were rumors that Allen will be on the Ole Miss campus on Thursday, Allen clarified his situation on Wednesday.

"I expect to be there (at Ole Miss) on June 21," he said. "It's just for day. I went to the Ole Miss campus a while back and since then, I've been to a lot of other schools. I want to go back to Ole Miss and compare it to what I've seen at other places."

Allen, a 6-foot-5, 198 pound pro-style quarterback who just received a three-star rating from Rivals.com, said that he has no plans to workout for the staff while visiting and noted that Ole Miss offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kent Austin has observed him during spring practice.

"He told me he liked what he saw," Allen said.

Allen has offers from a host of schools - Colorado, Duke, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, UTEP and New Mexico State, but it was apparent on Wednesday that he's highly interested in Ole Miss.

"I'm really interested in Ole Miss; it was just so great," Allen said, referring to his first visit. "I just want to go back and have another look."

Allen's first visit to Ole Miss was in mid-March.

Allen said that he had "read the story on the internet" about Moore and was aware that the Rebels elected not to offer Moore immediately after camp.

Allen completed 174 of 332 passes for 2,589 yards and 27 touchdowns last season with 14 interceptions. In addition, he had 254 yards and four touchdowns rushing on 53 carries.

Allen's recruitment has picked up since he won the "Golden Arm" award at the Fort Worth Elite 11 Camp in Fort Worth earlier this spring. At the time, he only had an offer from New Mexico State and has seen that grow to seven since the camp.

Allen has a 3.85 GPA and has a 26 on the ACT.

RebelSports.net Extras: Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barton Simmons on Allen: Allen stands at a sturdy 6-foot-5 and has good quick feet in his drops and gets the ball out quickly. Clearly, based on the Golden Gun honor, he is accurate as well.

Ole Miss is also expected to host Alabama commitment A.J. McCarron on Thursday.

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