July 2, 2009

Notebook: Cornileus, Knight want to see Ole Miss

It's been a busy summer for Tyrone Cornileus.

July might not include as much travel as June did for the Stone Mountain (Stephenson), Ga., three-star linebacker, but it could include a commitment to his college of choice.

Cornileus said Wednesday night that he has a top four of Miami, Georgia Tech, South Carolina and Tennessee, adding that he's hoping to have a commitment announced "by the end of the summer."

However, Cornileus isn't quite ready to shut the door on other schools, and that crack of light could represent a chance for Ole Miss to still get in the game. Tyrone Cornileus:

"I'm not so sure yet," Cornileus said. "I'll have to check, but I might take another visit to Miami and we might try to get over to Ole Miss. I'd say they're probably in the middle of pack. I've gotten a lot of correspondence from them, mails and emails. I'm keeping in contact.

Glashen feels offers are on the way: Miami (Carol City), Fla., defensive back Gareef Glashen has an offer from Utah State on his resume, but he believes more opportunities are coming his way.

"(Michigan) really likes me," Glashen said. "They said they want to see more film. They really like my speed. They want me to take the ACT and SAT."

Glashen is preparing to take both standardized tests in October.

"That's the only reason I haven't picked up any big offers," said Glashen, who has a 2.6 core grade-point average after his junior year.

Two other schools on Glashen's radar, he said, are Pittsburgh and Ole Miss.

"(Ole Miss recruiting coordinator/cornerbacks) Coach (Chris) Vaughn told me he wanted me to come up there for camp so they could evaluate me more," Glashen said. "I wasn't able to make it up there. I was at Pittsburgh's camp. They told me they'd come see me play this fall and evaluate me. I guess that will decide if they offer me or not. I expect an offer from Pittsburgh this month."

Glashen, who is listed in Rivals.com's database as a running back, said every school recruiting him projects him as a cornerback. Glashen has also been attracting interest from West Virginia, Florida State and Troy.

KNIGHT SET FOR TOUR: Jacksonville (Trinity Christian), Fla., four-star cornerback Rashad Knight plans to hit the road late this month for a sweeping tour of several SEC and ACC programs.

"I'm supposed to be leaving on July 30 to take a look at some schools," Knight told TheWolverine.com. "I think we are going to go through some schools in Tennessee, all the schools in Georgia, South Carolina and I don't know the rest. I've got to talk with my coach about it."

On Wednesday, Knight told RebelSports.net that, more than likely, "I'll hit Ole Miss."

Knight is also planning a trip earlier this month to the Midwest, specifically to see Illinois and Michigan. The Wolverines have long been considered the favorite to land Knight's signature, but the long list of potential suitors appears to be closing the gap.

"It's pretty much still the same, but I don't want to say they have an edge," Knight told TheWolverine.com. "Everyone is probably even until I take a look at each place and talk with the coaches."

CLEARING OUT THE NOTEBOOK: Oneida, Fla., quarterback Blake Bortles said Wednesday that nothing has changed in his recruiting since June, when he turned eyes at Ole Miss, Arkansas and Tennessee. …Houma, La., defensive tackle Damien Jacobs continues to list Florida State as his leader, though Ole Miss appears poised to become a real factor in his recruiting should the Rebels decide to offer. …Forest, Miss., wide receiver LaVadius Lyles was in Oxford visiting family last weekend. He'll be in town again later this month for the Rebels' elite camp. A source familiar with Lyles said earlier this week he expects the speedster to land an offer from Ole Miss, and while he might not jump at it immediately, the Rebels appear to be prohibitive favorites for his services.

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