October 1, 2010

Notes: Updates with Pinkston, Mayers and a 2012 first look

Ole Miss' recruiting class quickly filled up before the Rebels season even began. Nineteen 2011 graduates have given Ole Miss a verbal pledge, and that means very few spots remain for a select amount of athletes.

One player still in the mix is Forest (high), Miss., wide receiver Josh Pinkston.

The 6-foot-2, 195 pound athlete has offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, UAB and Tulane. Pinkston has visited several campuses - his top three choices - this fall, but says he will still wait to make his ultimate decision when National Signing Day draws near.

"I went to Mississippi State-Auburn, Alabama-Penn State, and Ole Miss-Vanderbilt," Pinkston said. "State couldn't execute right, they couldn't lay the hammer at the end, and at Bama, it was a big game - for sure.... Ole Miss versus Vandy - it was a great atmosphere. Ole Miss is pretty young right now and still trying to rebuild from the key players they lost from last year."

Pinkston said Crimson Tide representatives are still in contact with him.

"Alabama basically (tells me to) keep my grades up, and see how I'm doing on the field and that I still have a chance to go there," Pinkston said. "They want me."

Pinkston has played every skill position on the field. He's lined up in the offensive backfield and at receiver while also playing cornerback and safety on defense. Pinkston is also on the punt return and kickoff return teams.

Pinkston said he is "not really" comfortable with playing defense in college, and added the position that a school wants him to play could "maybe, maybe not" impact his collegiate decision.

Pinkston's older brother, Todd, played for Southern Miss and in the NFL, and the elder Pinkston has instructed Josh throughout the process.

"(Josh tells me) to go where I feel comfortable and basically just keep my grades up and just go where I want to go," he said. "We're just enjoying the process and I'm enjoying the games for right now."

Stanford, Auburn, and Vanderbilt have increased their attention toward Pinkston of late, but none of the schools have offered a scholarship.

Pinkston has a 3.3 grade point average and is scheduled to take his standardized test on October 23.

MAYERS COMMITMENT SOLID: Taylorsville, Miss., linebacker Marcus Mayers made the five hour trek to Oxford for Ole Miss' victory over Fresno State.

Mayers enjoyed the trip after casting doubt on his commitment to the Rebels.

"Man, I loved it up there," Mayers said of Ole Miss. "I got to walk through the Grove, met with the players, met coach Houston Nutt and sat down and watched the game. It was pretty fun."

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound linebacker met wide receiver Markeith Summers and defensive tackle Jerrell Powe.

It was Mayers' third trip to Oxford and said he is "pretty stiff with my decision. I think Ole Miss is where I want to be, so I think that's it."

Mayers' Taylorsville (2A) team is 6-0, and he added six tackles and two sacks in the Tartars' most recent victory over East Marion.

PEACH STATE SAFETY GETTING OFFERS: Chaz Elder isn't too worried about his college choices at this point.

But when he inevitably increases his interest in the process, the 2012 safety will have several quality options.

Elder, a native of College Park (Banneker), Ga., has already received offers from both Auburn and Ole Miss -- and is getting letters from Georgia and USC, among others.

"It's all been cool so far, and it's exciting to have choices," Elder said. "I'll check out the schools and campuses and so what fits.

"All the coaches, the ones at Auburn and Ole Miss and everywhere else, have been cool so far."

Elder visited Auburn and Georgia during 7-on-7 camps last summer.

"I saw nothing wrong with either one of them," Elder said. "And I'll see them again and check out Ole Miss, also."

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