April 4, 2008

Hardy headlines Ole Miss junior day guests

One of Ole Miss' top targets, running back Kendrick Hardy, is expected to be on campus this weekend for the Rebels' third junior day of the spring.

Hardy, a Monticello (Lawrence County) star who rushed for 2,103 yards and 29 touchdowns on 175 carries, is one of the top players in Mississippi. He spent last weekend at Mississippi State, and those close to him believe his recruiting will come down to one of those rare in-state, Egg Bowl-type battles between the Bulldogs and Ole Miss.

Hardy won't be the only big name on campus this weekend. Ole Miss is expecting some 15 top juniors on campus. RebelSports.net has put together a list, albeit incomplete and subject to change, of prospects expected on campus Saturday for academic and athletic presentations, lunch and a scrimmage at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The list includes:

Greenville (St. Joseph's), Miss., athlete LaDarius Perkins

Memphis (Whitehaven), Tenn., outside linebacker Derrick Webb

Baton Rouge (Parkview Baptist), La., offensive guard Carneal Ainsworth

Mobile (Williamson), Ala., wide receivers Mujahid Assad and LaVoyd James

D'Iberville, Miss., wide receivers Kevin Norwood and Jacoby Bell

Eufala, Ala., linebacker Hans Rice

Notes: Assad and James attended Auburn's A-Day spring game last week. Neither player has an offer from the Tigers yet, but they're both on the radar there. Both players have offers from Mississippi State. …It will be interesting to see whether Ainsworth makes the trip to Oxford or not. LSU's spring game is Saturday and he had indicated at one point that he would stay home for that game. LSU has not offered Ainsworth yet, however, and scholarships are tight. …Ole Miss has some ground to make up on Norwood, who also has offers from Mississippi State and Southern Miss. Norwood caught 33 passes for 668 yards and 11 touchdowns last season while recording 33 tackles and 11 interceptions on defense. Expect him to emerge as a top target between now and signing day in February. …Ole Miss has been on Rice since the very early stages of recruiting, and he lists the Rebels as the leader for his services. Alabama would be a threat if the Tide offered, but a source close to the UA program said Rice _ while on the Tide's list _ likely won't get a scholarship offer from Nick Saban. Georgia Tech and Stanford will likely be Ole Miss' top competition. Rice's position coach at Eufala is Jamel Harris, who played for Houston Nutt at Arkansas.

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