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March 23, 2009

Rivals250 LB wants to hear from Ole Miss

Ole Miss has yet to offer Rivals250 athlete Gideon Ajagbe, but that doesn't mean the outside linebacker prospect isn't interested in the Rebels.

Ajagbe said on Sunday that he has been receiving letters from Ole Miss on a routine basis, but he hopes that changes to even more interest later in the recruiting process.

"I'd love to be recruited by Ole Miss," Ajagbe said. "They played Florida amazingly. Florida is a championship team and they played Florida the way you have to play a championship team. They beat Florida and are a good team and I'd consider it an honor to be recruited by a team of that caliber."

Ajagbe's comments are coming from a prospect that not exactly has to beg for offers.

The 6-foot-2, 205 pound prospect already has offers from Florida, North Carolina, Florida State, Boston College, South Florida and Central Florida.

He also said he has a verbal offer from Ohio State, but hasn't received the offer in writing and prefers that it not be listed on his Rivals.com profile until he receives a written offer.

Ajagbe was initially named to the Rivals250 Watch List and has stayed on the Rivals250 list thanks to some outstanding performances at various camps in Florida. He was recently named the MVP of the National Underclassman Camp in Miami.

Last season, he was credited with 57 tackles with nine tackles for loss and two sacks on defense and 1,354 yards rushing with twelve touchdowns.

Meanwhile, Ajagbe said he's looking forward to learning more about Ole Miss.

"I don't know much, but I did follow one of their running backs from a year or two ago," he said. "I really liked Benjarvus Green-Ellis. I loved the way he played, the way he ran the football. I know about him and Eli Manning, and that's about it."

Green-Ellis was a back-to-back 1,000 yard rusher for the Rebels in 2006 and 2007 and signed a free agent contract with the New England Patriots and saw action last fall.

Ajagbe said he's going to see how much interest Ole Miss shows in the future, and that will probably be known soon when coaches can watch high school practices during the spring evaluation period beginning next month.

"They are a very, very good school, and if they come down and start recruiting me, that would be beautiful," Ajagbe said.

He currently says he's open to all schools, names Florida, North Carolina and Ohio State as his early favorites.

Ajagbe projects as an outside linebacker, but some schools could look at him as a safety, depending on his speed.

While listed at 4.6 in the 40-yard dash, Ajagbe said he ran a 4.46 at the Blue-Gray Combine last summer at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. That's his fastest time and he said he routinely runs the 40 in the 4.5 range. His currently listed 4.6 time was recorded almost a year ago at a Nike Event.

He reports a 2.6 GPA and took the SAT earlier this month and hasn't received a score back.


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