October 30, 2008

Ole Miss eyes FIU commitment

There's room in a big man's game for the little man - just ask Arkansas' Michael Smith, a 5-foot-7, 170 pound running back who leads the Southeastern Conference in rushing with more than 920 yards - an average of over 130 yards a game.
And, Ole Miss' own Dexter McCluster, a 5-foot-8, 170 pound jack-of-all trades, is eighth in the SEC in receptions with 30 for 451 yards and has has added another 251 yards on 50 rushes, mostly while playing quarterback in the Rebels' Wild Rebel.

The Rebels recruiting coordinator, Chris Vaughn, recruited Smith to Arkansas when Vaughn was in the same capacity in Fayetteville. Under Vaughn, the Rebels are in on a couple of prospects who offer similar potential to Smith and McCluster. Ole Miss' recently offered Miami Gulliver Prep all-purpose back Darian Mallory, and now appear to be be getting in on another Miami "small-man" sensation in Korvic Neat.

Neat, a 5-foot-9, 175 pound wide receiver prospect from Hallandale Beach (Hallandale HS), Fla., recently committed to Florida International, but that hasn't stopped several schools from recruiting him.

"I'm hearing from a bunch of other schools," Neat said on Wednesday. "It's mainly Ole Miss, Boston College, Oregon, Troy, USF, and a few others. Troy recently offered, but other than that, no one else has offered, although I think some may be getting close."

That interest is being generated by Neat's outstanding senior season, where he's already picked up 905 yards on just 70 carries and has added five pass catches for another 150 yards for his Hollandale team, that is off to a 5-2 start. Another thing that gets attention is Neat's 40-yard dash time. Neat said his best 40-time is 4.43; however, his high school coach says he's faster than that.

''He's a home run hitter, he runs a 4.3 40, and when he hits the crease, he's gone,'' Hallandale coach Dameon Jones said in a recent interview with the Miami Herald. `"When the [offensive line] makes those holes, he hits them.''

"Ole Miss is calling me about every week," Neat said. "I forget the name of the coach who's been calling, but he's telling me that they really like me and they want to get me up to visit."

So, will the FIU commit take an official visit to Ole Miss, or perhaps some other schools?

"I don't really know," Neat said. "I like FIU. It's a growing program. But, taking other visits, that's just something I'm going to have to sit down with my parents and discuss."

One thing that could help the Rebels with Neat is the exposure Ole Miss has received in televised games this fall.

"I watched them against Florida," Neat said. "I really like their offense. It's a fast offense and one that I could see myself fitting into. We run the same (version of Ole Miss' Wild Rebel) formation and I play quarterback in that formation, so I'd be very familiar with what they are doing."

Neat was born and raised in Miami and moved to Broward to live with an uncle. He is the only person in his family to play football.

Neat's family is originally from Jamaica but he started playing football when he was a child with friends.

'He is a very humble kid,'' Jones said. ``He's doing his thing right now very quietly. He's not very vocal, but he leads by example and practices very hard every practice, and that carries over to the game.''

Neat said he has a 2.9 GPA which he hopes to improve to over the 3.0 mark and scored 18 on his ACT.

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