Philadelphia High School coach Teddy Dyess was hopeful Montreal Jordan’s qualifying ACT score would kick-start his recruitment, but instead the Dandy Dozen prospect has seen his options narrow in recent weeks.
Mississippi State and Ole Miss have both backed off the 6-foot-2, 185-pound safety, much to the chagrin of Dyess.
“Schools have gotten to the point that they don’t want to develop players anymore,” he said. “Guys like (Mississippi State coach) Dan Mullen and (Ole Miss coach) Hugh Freeze just want four-stars or five-stars; they don’t want to develop players. That kind of gives a high school coach a bad taste in your mouth.”
One of the reasons why Jordan’s recruitment has dried up, according to Dyess, is that he was rarely challenged during his senior season. Dyess said Jordan only had eight passes thrown at him all season long, which prevented him from showcasing his skills.
Jordan has scholarship offers from Louisiana-Lafayette and Alcorn State, and many of the state’s top junior colleges. Dyess thinks Jordan is leaning towards going with a four-year college, but that he likely won’t make a decision until National Signing Day on Feb. 6.
Jordan is one of two uncommitted Dandy Dozen players, along with South Panola High School safety Tony Conner. Conner is also expected to make his announcement on Feb. 6 and will decide between Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Alabama and Auburn.
* Hazelhurst High School linebacker Demetrius Cain, one of the Clarion-Ledger’s Top 40 recruits, will likely go to a junior college next year.
Cain had interest from a handful of Division I programs, including Mississippi State and Southern Miss, but will instead go to an in-state junior college, according to Hazelhurst coach Randal Montgomery.
Cain’s top three school are East Mississippi, Mississippi Gulf Coast and Southwest Mississippi.
* Mendenhall High school quarterback Khadarel Hodge is hopeful for a scholarship offer from Louisiana-Lafayette when he visits the school this weekend.
The Ragin’ Cajuns are the favorites to land the 6-foot-1, 185-pound dual-threat QB, according to Mendenhall coach Paul Purvis.
“It’s just a matter of if it’s a good fit,” Purvis said. “He wants to play quarterback and wants to see what kind of chance he has to do it there.”
Hodge, who was hampered with a stress fracture at the start of the season, also has a scholarship offer from Alcorn State and several junior colleges. He’ll likely make a decision after visiting schools in the upcoming weeks.
* Lafayette High athlete Brandon Mack has scholarship offers from Southern, Central Arkansas and Tennessee-Martin, but is leaning towards going the junior college route.
He visited Itawamba Community College on Monday, and will visit East Mississippi and Northeast Mississippi soon, according to Lafayette head coach Eric Robertson. Mack’s also recently heard from Memphis, but has yet to receive a scholarship offer. The Tigers could be the favorites to land him should they offer.
Lafayette junior running back D.K. Buford will likely make an early decision, according to Robertson, and Ole Miss is the favorite to land him.
“They’ve done a great job of recruiting him,” Robertson said of Ole Miss. “I think he’s built a great relationship with those coaches.”
Buford is one of the most sought after juniors in the state because of his 4.22 40-yard dash time.
* Robert Nkemdiche, a 6-foot-4, 292-pound defensive end from Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga., will take an official visit to Florida this weekend, his high school coach told Rivals.com. Nkemdiche, the consensus No. 1 prospect in the country, recently narrowed his list to Ole Miss and LSU, naming the Rebels his favorite, but will take his first official to check out the Gators. He is expected to visit Ole Miss on Jan. 25.
* Ole Miss commit Peyton Barber, a running back from Milton High School in Georgia, was visited by Ole Miss assistants Chris Kiffin and Matt Luke at school on Tuesday. Barber received recent offers from Texas and Tennessee, and took an official visit to UCLA last weekend, but his high school coach believes he is solid to the Rebels.
“He’s pretty firm to Ole Miss,” said Milton coach Howie DeCristofaro. “He really likes those guys. Peyton loves the school and loves everything Coach Freeze has been doing.”