August 11, 2008

Miami duo plans Ole Miss visit

Gulliver Prep in Miami, Fla. is loaded with talent and Ole Miss has offered four of six Division I prospects on the team.

Ole Miss was one of the first teams to offer Frank Crawford, extending the offer last March and now the three-star safety prospect is up to almost 15 offers that includes the likes of Alabama and Florida State.

Ole Miss' early recruitment of Crawford is paying some dividends as Crawford said on Sunday that he and teammate Artice Kellam have finalized plans to visit the Oxford campus for the Rebels game against South Carolina on Oct. 4.

The Rebels may have Kellam to thank for talking Crawford into making the official visit.

"He's always talking about Ole Miss," Crawford said about his fellow safety teammate. "I mean he talks about other teams, but he's always talking about Ole Miss. He really likes Ole Miss."

Crawford, 6-foot-1, 173 pounds, with 4.5 speed in the forty-yard dash, said he periodically calls into the Ole Miss coaches and several coaches come on the line talking with him, telling him how they need him for the program.

He had 55 tackles along with six interceptions with two of those returned for touchdowns last fall as a junior after transferring to Gulliver High School.

Kellam, a 5-foot-11, 178 pound safety with 4.5 speed finished last season with over 70 tackles, four forced fumbles and one interception.

The Rebels have also offered four-star outside linebacker Frankie Telfort and three star wide receiver Conner Vernon - all teammates at Gulliver Prep. Vernon committed to Duke last month.

In addition to those four prospects, Gulliver also is home to Darian Mallory, an unranked athlete who said in a previous interview that he hopes for an Ole Miss offer and two-star wide receiver Daniel Rodriguez.

Crawford currently calls himself open when it comes to recruiting, but he has an idea of what he expects from his first trip to Mississippi.

"I hope and I can see the team practice and everything, look at the facilities and get to meet the coaches personally," he said. "I just want to see how it is in Mississippi."

In addition to encouraging Crawford to make the trip to Ole Miss, Crawford says that Kellam is continuing to work on getting Telfort to join in on the trip.

The trio had talked of taking an unofficial visit to Ole Miss over the summer, but high gas prices factor into killing that plan. Official visits - those where travel expenses can be paid by the host school - are permitted beginning on Sept. 1.

"I think you can say that Artice is definitely leaning toward Ole Miss," Crawford said. "He likes them a lot."



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