September 1, 2008

Rebels land 10th commitment

Terrell Grant knew on Sunday afternoon that he wanted to be an Ole Miss Rebel.

However, the three-star wide receiver from Cleveland, Miss., wanted to be 100 percent certain before he pulled the trigger. After a late-night conference with his family Sunday, Grant was sure beyond a shadow of a doubt. All that was left was making his choice public.

That happened Monday.

"I didn't want to rush into all the hype that was going into it," said Grant, a 6-foot-3, 210-pounder who ran a 4.48-second 40-yard dash at Ole Miss' elite camp in late July. "At the (Ole Miss-Memphis) game, I liked what I saw. I just wanted to talk to my family and friends and make sure it was the right decision for myself. They have all the keys I'm looking for. I just went on and decided to commit."

Grant called Ole Miss wide receivers coach Ron Dickerson Jr., late Sunday and told him he was close to a decision. He called the Rebels' staff Monday and made it official. Grant chose Ole Miss over Mississippi State.

Grant is Ole Miss' 10th commitment for the 2009 signing class, joining Little Rock, Ark., punter Tyler Campbell; Memphis, Tenn., athlete Gabriel Hunter; Missouri City, Texas, defensive back Dele Junaid; Morristown, Tenn., linebacker Demarcus Knight; West Point, Miss., defensive end Markell Lee; Jackson, Miss., offensive tackle Emmanuel McCray; Louisville, Miss., quarterback Clayton Moore; Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy running back Andre Sterling and Mobile, Ala., defensive lineman Mike Thomas.

"Coach Dickerson was very happy about it," Grant said. "He said he had a good feeling I was going to come. He could see that I liked Ole Miss and he said I could be a big factor in their offense and I could play a big role. I was happy to hear that from him."

Grant said his decision is final. He said he'll make an official visit to Ole Miss later this fall.

"I'm a man of my word," Grant said. "I don't want to de-commit to another school or anything like that. I'm pretty solid with my commitment. I don't want to go against Ole Miss. I don't change decisions too often and Ole Miss understands that."

In fact, Grant said he plans to take a page from Moore and start recruiting for the Rebels. He said he'd like to focus on helping Ole Miss land a couple of other top wide receivers.

"I saw a couple at the game," Grant said. "I'd like to start with getting Chad Bumphis. He'd be a big part of this offense also."

Grant said he believes the future is bright at Ole Miss under Houston Nutt.

"I believe that," Grant said. "I think Coach Nutt has already changed the whole team around. In my eyes, there are things that can be changed and adjusted, but they played a great game (against Memphis). There's always room for improvement and Coach Nutt and his staff are going to bring in more great players and they're going to use the players they have right now and do something positive and get to a championship. That's everybody's goal. I want to see them get in the top 25 and play for a bowl game. I believe the staff is going to do their job and make the players better and the players are going to encourage each other. I believe the future is bright for myself and for Ole Miss."

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