November 23, 2009

Rebels make strong impression on four-star cornerback

One of Ole Miss' primary needs for the 2010 signing class is clearly the cornerback position.

The Rebels will likely dedicate three or four of their 22 available scholarships to the cornerback position, one that will lose Marshay Green and Cassius Vaughn after this season and Jeremy McGee following the 2010 campaign.

Ole Miss would love to land two or three high school standouts with coverage skills, but the Rebels appear intent on adding a junior college player who can come in and compete immediately at the position. Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Community College cornerback Dequan Menzie is one of those such targets.

Menzie, a four-star Georgia native, was in Oxford on Saturday to check out Ole Miss' 25-23 win over then-No. 10 LSU.

"It was better than I thought it would be," said Menzie, a 5-foot-11, 200-pounder who is ranked as the nation's No. 23 junior college prospect by Rivals.com. "I liked the atmosphere and the coaches and the campus.

"I thought Ole Miss played very well. They have a good running back and their corners are shutdown. The coaches were telling me a lot of good things about me coming in next year and starting."

Menzie said the Rebels made a strong move for his signature, ranking Ole Miss "right beneath Tennessee. If I decide to take an official visit there, I'm pretty sure they can be No. 1."

Besides Ole Miss and Tennessee, Menzie reports offers from North Carolina, Mississippi State, Auburn, Purdue and Alabama.

"Every school is in it for me," Menzie said. "I'm keeping an open mind about everything."

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