October 16, 2011
Georgia fullback makes college choice
Kenno Loyal was among the 61,000-plus who made up the fourth-largest crowd in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium history Saturday night.
Unlike the thousands who headed for the exits in the third quarter of Alabama's 52-7 rout of Ole Miss, Loyal stuck around. Instead of leaving disgusted, the three-star fullback from Decatur (Columbia), Ga., saw opportunity.
Before he left north Mississippi for the return trip to Georgia, Loyal gave his verbal commitment to Ole Miss.
"I really liked it at Ole Miss," Loyal said. "I just wanted to go somewhere where I could make an early impact and help the team. That's somewhere I could play early and help that team.
"I was just looking at the offense and the depth. They have two senior running backs (Brandon Bolden and Enrique Davis) this year. They run the spread and the I-formation. I know they'll have more than one back. I just want to go where I can play early and do my best.
Loyal, a 5-foot-10, 234-pounder, said he chose Ole Miss over Nebraska, Louisville and Florida State.
"I was just looking around," Loyal said. "I like the atmosphere there. It's not like a big town. I can handle my business and be comfortable away from home."
Ole Miss' loss to Alabama was the Rebels' 11th in their last 12 Southeastern Conference games.
"I'm not worried about that," Loyal said. "Every program has its ups and downs. That's where recruiting comes in. You try to make the program better. I'm not worried about that."
Loyal, who rushed 13 times for 172 yards and three touchdowns in his team's win last weekend against Howard, said while he wasn't completely ready to close the door on the recruiting process, he was fairly confident with his selection.
"I never know what's going to happen," Loyal said. "I don't know. But right now, Ole Miss is it. That's where I'm going to be."
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