November 6, 2008

Rebels back in the mix for Alabama speedster

Rumors can sometimes take on lives of their own on the recruiting trail.

Take soft-spoken Mujahid Assad, for example. The three-star wide receiver from Mobile (Williamson), Ala., has seen his stock skyrocket, fall off, plateau and rise again over the past few months.

There have been rumors that he was all but committed to Arkansas and then rumors that he was Marshall-bound. Now that his senior season is complete and he can focus on his college choice, Assad is setting the record straight.

Earlier this week, Assad said, he got a call from Ole Miss wide receivers coach Ron Dickerson Jr.

"He said he had heard that I wasn't interested in them," Assad said Wednesday night. "I told him I was."

The Rebels appear to be interested in Assad as well, in large part because of his blazing speed. The 6-foot-1, 184-pounder with 4.4-second speed in the 40-yard dash caught more than 70 passes this season for Williamson, who finished with a 6-4 record. Assad said he noted during several of the Rebels' televised games this season that Ole Miss likes to throw the deep ball, utilizing the speed of senior wide receiver Mike Wallace.

"(Dickerson) said I can help do that for them," Assad said. "I'm interested in doing that."

At this point, Southern Mississippi holds the lead for Assad, in large part because Larry Fedora's staff has remained in steady contact. Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Arkansas and Marshall, Assad said, are hot on the Golden Eagles' heels.

Assad said he has yet to line up any official visits, though he plans to check out some of his favorites before making a decision closer to National Signing Day in February.

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