May 26, 2008

Teague excited about Rebel offer

Paris, Tenn. athlete Marsalis Teague is becoming one of the most sought after prospects in his home state with an offer list that has grown to ten over the last few weeks.

Last Monday, he picked up an offer from Ole Miss, and while he's already received some offers from high profile schools such as Miami and Tennessee, he appeared jubilant on Sunday evening over the offer from the Rebels.

"I was blown away by the facilities, the program, and the way the coaches are fired up when I went down on junior day," Teague said Sunday. "I'm really excited about the Ole Miss offer."

Teague, a 5-foot-10, 170 pound prospect with 4.4 speed, is also excited about the Rebels' plans for him if he decides to sign with Ole Miss.

"I talked to the head coach, and when you have Houston Nutt telling you that they want you on the field immediately and how he plans to use me on the field, that means something," Teague said.

Those plans call for using Teague, who currently plays quarterback at Paris and also in the secondary, in the "Wild Rebel" formation where he play quarterback with the option to run, pass or throw."

Teague says the offense his high school runs is similar to the West Virginia offense that employees various options from the option run to spreading the field to pass the ball and that he would be very comfortable in Nutt's unique formation.

Last season rushed 151 times for 1,639 yards with 17 rushing touchdowns. He also threw for 1,355 yards with 17 touchdowns and three interceptions and had three interceptions and two forced fumbles on defense.

"They are saying there's no way they want to redshirt me, and playing time, particularly early, is very important to me," he said. "They are saying that I could play quarterback in the Wild Rebel formation and then use me at wide receiver, maybe even some at cornerback when I'm not running the Wild Rebel."

Teague's offers include Ole Miss, Tennessee, Miami, Clemson, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, Duke, and North Carolina.

While Teague claims no favorites, the teams that he says are recruiting him the hardest and standout most right now are Ole Miss, Tennessee, Miami, Clemson and Vanderbilt.

Teague's plans for the recruiting process is to see as many campuses as he can this fall, participating in a few camps along the way, and then try to make a decision before his high school season begins.

"I'd like to commit by August," he said. "But if none of the current schools standout by then, I won't hesitate to extend it until the fall."

Teague's current plans call for particpating in a special camp in Atlanta later this summer as well as camps at Ole Miss and Tennessee, as well as others if they fit his plans.

Teague has an impressive list, but how about schools that would get his interest should they decide to offer.

"I'd be interested in maybe LSU, Southern California, and Georgia," he said. "But if one of those teams offered, I wouldn't jump on it and commit. I'd still have to check things out and make a decision.

Another thing that has Teague's attention when it comes to Ole Miss is 2007 first round draft choice Patrick Willis, who is from nearby Bruceton, and Teague is very familiar with the two-time All-American's achievements at Ole Miss as well as in his rookie year with the San Francisco 49ers.

Teague has a 4.0 GPA and made 21 on the ACT as a sophomore.



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