December 10, 2010

Four-star cornerback bringing checklist to Ole Miss

Ole Miss desperately needs cornerbacks.

That was made painfully obvious throughout the 2010 season, as the Rebels struggled to replace Cassius Vaughn and Marshay Green.

Adding impact players at the position appears to be one of Ole Miss' top priorities for the 2011 signing class, and one of the Rebels' primary targets at the position _ Reserve (East St. John), La., four-star Floyd Raven _ will be in Oxford this weekend on an official visit.

"Everything's looking good, man," Raven said Thursday. "I'm taking it slow and learning as I go on."

Raven, ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 8 cornerback in the country and the No. 8 prospect in Louisiana and the No. 123 overall prospect nationally, has already taken an official visit to Texas A&M. The Aggies appear to be Ole Miss' primary competition, as in-state power LSU has yet to extend a scholarship offer.

"(LSU's) not talking to me right now," Raven told AggieYell.com following his official visit to College Station for the Aggies' win over Nebraska. "I think they've got everyone they want."

After the visit to Texas A&M, Raven said he "fell in love with it."

Raven, a 6-foot-2, 180-pounder who was one of the top performers in Ole Miss' star-studded invitation-only camp earlier this summer, said he'll be bringing several family members and "my check list" with him to Oxford.

Shortly after that camp, sources close to the Ole Miss program indicated a commitment from Raven could be imminent. Then in August, there were hints that Raven could commit to Ole Miss with friend/camp mate Collins Moore, a wide receiver from Madison, Ala. Moore committed to Ole Miss in August, but Raven declined to pull the trigger.

Might he make a decision this weekend if all goes well in Oxford?

"I don't know yet but they've been talking good," Raven said. "I guess I'll see what happens when I get up there."

Raven also has offers from Arizona, Utah, Utah State, Louisiana-Lafayette, SMU, Memphis, Southern Mississippi and Tulsa.

Raven is one of as many as seven prospects expected at Ole Miss this weekend.

Iowa Western Community College quarterback Zack Stoudt indicated Thursday he will make a decision shortly after leaving Oxford. The former Louisville quarterback is believed to be choosing between Ole Miss and Louisville.

Four-star junior college cornerback Izauea Lanier had planned to visit Florida this weekend, but Urban Meyer's sudden retirement changed those plans. Sources close to the Ole Miss program said Thursday they expected Lanier in Oxford this weekend. However, Volquest.com is reporting Lanier will visit Tennessee this weekend. The Volunteers and Rebels appear to be Lanier's favorites in the wake of the shake-up at Florida. Attempts by RebelGrove.com to contact Lanier Thursday were unsuccessful.

Harbor (Calif.) College teammates Byron Moore and John White confirmed to RebelGrove.com Thursday that they intend to be at Ole Miss this weekend on official visits. Moore, a safety who began his college career at Southern Cal, is also considering Tennessee, LSU, Ohio State, Oregon State and UCLA. White, a running back, verbally committed to Utah Wednesday night, according to UteZone.com. White told RebelGrove.com earlier this week Utah and Purdue were his finalists, though he met with Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt Wednesday.

Northeast Mississippi Community College safety Brynden Trawick, a 6-3, 215-pound Georgia native, is scheduled to visit Ole Miss this weekend. The December graduate is also drawing interest from Kentucky, Arkansas, Memphis, Mississippi State, Oklahoma and Troy.

Fullerton (Calif.) Community College cornerback Aaron Garbutt is also expected in Oxford. Garbutt, a 6-3, 215-pounder, has offers from New Mexico State and Southern Methodist.

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