October 21, 2008

Ferrell re-opens recruiting, eyes Rebels

Willie Ferrell committed to LSU in April.

Verbal commitments, it is usually noted, are non-binding, and six months later, the three-star inside linebacker from Tallahassee (FAMU), Fla., is anything but committed.

Asked Monday night if he still considered himself committed to LSU, Ferrell hesitated.

"No, not really," Ferrell said. "There were a lot of things that I found out. I need to look around and learn about them and a lot of places."

Specifically, Ole Miss, Michigan, Alabama, Kentucky and Florida State are schools that Ferrell said he plans to learn more about. All of those schools, Ferrell said, have offered scholarships. Two, Ole Miss and Michigan, seemed to stick out in his mind.

"I'm just looking for what's best for Willie Ferrell and for my family," Ferrell said. "A lot of people want me to come for them but when times get rough, I'm not going to be there. Wherever I go I'm going to be able to compete. I just feel I need a chance."

Ferrell is cousins with Ole Miss cornerbacks coach/recruiting coordinator Chris Vaughn, who is also a Tallahassee native. Ferrell said because of that, Ole Miss _ along with LSU and Michigan _ has been one of the teams he has really followed closely.

"It's like they don't believe in themselves," Ferrell said of the Rebels, who are 3-4 overall and 1-3 in the Southeastern Conference going into Saturday's game at Arkansas. "They have a lot of athletes. It's like a couple of them don't believe in each other and that's why they fail."

Ole Miss has lost excruciating games to Wake Forest (field goal with three seconds remaining), Vanderbilt (six turnovers, including one at the Commodores' 1-yard line in the final minutes), South Carolina (three turnovers) and most recently No. 2 Alabama, where the Rebels rallied from a 24-3 halftime deficit to pull within 24-20 inside Tide territory with a minute left. The losses haven't turned Ferrell off. If anything, the 6-foot-1, 220-pounder believes he could make a difference.

"If I went to a place like that, I feel like I could change that attitude," Ferrell said. "Someone has to see you doing something or giving your all for you to be a leader."

Ferrell's FAMU team is 5-3 so far this season. Ferrell has missed a couple of games due to an ankle injury, but he's still recorded 86 tackles.

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