November 19, 2009

Rebs line up official visit from four-star corner

Marshay Green and Cassius Vaughn will play the final home game of their college careers Saturday afternoon when Ole Miss entertains No. 10 LSU at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

The two seniors have combined to form one of the most pleasant surprises for the Rebels this season. Of course, that means their absence will be even more profound in the spring when Ole Miss begins on-field preparations for the 2010 season.

It's no secret the Rebels desperately need help at cornerback, and with that in mind, Ole Miss is making a late push for four-star cover corner Mike Harris.

Harris, a 6-foot, 185-pounder from Miami who has spent the past two seasons at El Camino (Calif.) Community College, talked to Ole Miss recruiting coordinator/cornerbacks coach Chris Vaughn Tuesday night. The result of that call: Harris will be taking an official visit to Ole Miss on Dec. 4.

"It was good," Harris said. "He said they were trying to get in contact with me. We were talking a little bit, getting to know each other and him telling me about their program and their situation."

Harris is on pace to graduate in December, meaning he can enroll at his school of choice in January.

"I definitely want to go in and compete for a starting job right away," Harris said. "I want to go to a winning team with good players around me. Winning is the biggest thing."

Harris admitted he knew little or nothing about Ole Miss. However, the Rebels have a personal connection in the form of freshman safety Frank Crawford, a Miami native who is redshirting this season and figures to compete for playing time in the Rebels' secondary next year.

"I haven't really followed Ole Miss the last two years," Harris said. "(Vaughn) said they were graduating both corners and they have a couple of younger guys who he didn't know if they were ready to play right away. He said they were looking for a little older guy with some college experience."

The Rebels have some catching up to do to land Harris signature. Harris has offers from Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Florida State, Kansas State, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma State, Oregon and Purdue. He visited Alabama in October and attended the Crimson Tide's 12-10 win over Tennessee. He'll visit Auburn next weekend when the Tigers entertain Alabama at Jordan-Hare Stadium for the annual Iron Bowl game.

"Alabama, pretty much, is my leader at this point," Harris said. "They have been for a good while. Me and (Tide offensive coordinator Jim McElwain) at Alabama have a good relationship. When I was there, I spoke to a lot of the coaches and they spoke highly of me. I really liked the atmosphere there. That was the clarification I needed to make them my leader.

"I just started speaking to Auburn recently. I'm just going to go out there and have an open mind like I had when I went to Alabama."

Harris' El Camino squad will wrap up its season Saturday against Grossmont College. Harris enters that game with 40 tackles, three interceptions (two of which he returned for touchdowns), a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown and eight pass break-ups.

Rivals.com ranks Harris as the nation's No. 35 junior college prospect.

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