April 27, 2008

Rebels playing catch-up for Florida safety

Jacksonville, Fla., safety Corey Addison starts spring practice with his Andrew Jackson High School teammates on Thursday.

There should be plenty of company on the sidelines. Addison, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound safety, lists Florida and South Carolina as his early favorites, but there will be plenty of suitors watching his game and trying to convince him to open things up a bit and take a few visits this summer.

One such school is Ole Miss, which covets the hard-hitting safety. Addison likes Ole Miss and his recruiter, Rebel recruiting coordinator/cornerbacks coach Chris Vaughn, as well.

"All the SEC schools that have offered me are in it," said Addison, noting that Florida has not offered yet. "I don't know a lot about Ole Miss. All I know is what Coach Vaughn has told me. I know the staff there is the staff that was at Arkansas and that they're planning on changing Ole Miss around."

Addison said Vaughn made sure he had plenty of material about Ole Miss and that the Rebels want him to come to Oxford for a football camp this summer.

"That's something I'm thinking about doing," Addison said. "He said I should check it out and see what Ole Miss is about."

Addison said he'll definitely camp at Florida, Florida State, South Carolina and Illinois this summer. He likes the home-state Gators, but he's not determined to stay in Florida.

"Wherever is the best fit for me is where I'm going to go," Addison said. "I'm looking for the place where I have a real good relationship with my position coach and where the team has a need for a player like me."

Ole Miss might need to have some success on the field this fall as well, as Addison said he's more interested in being "a part of something established" than he is in being part of a rebuilding effort.

Whoever gets Addison is getting a player who is known for being extremely explosive.

"I love contact," Addison said, adding that he plans to spend the summer working on not being too aggressive in pursuit and on his ball skills.

Addison said it's not out of the realm of possibility that he'll make an early commitment, but if he does, it probably spells trouble for several of the schools recruiting him.

"I really like Florida and South Carolina," Addison said. "It's really between those two, but I'm still looking."

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