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Brandon Hill Commits To Ole Miss

Former Alabama offensive line signee Brandon Hill committed to Ole Miss on Friday.

Hill has spent the fall at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., after he failed to qualify out of Saint George Academy in Memphis, Tenn. Hill took an official visit to Ole Miss on Thursday.

“Coach (Hugh) Freeze stayed with me the whole time when he got this job,” Hill told “I want to be a part of this rebuild. I’m finished with recruiting. I’ll leave Hargrave in January and come to Ole Miss for the second semester and spring football.”

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Mississippi State Disassociates Self From Booster

Mississippi State has disassociated itself from a booster who made impermissible contact with a prospective student-athlete.

That information comes from a letter written by attorney Michael Glazier, who is serving as outside for the school as the NCAA continues to investigate the recruiting tactics of former wide receivers coach Angelo Mirando. The name of the banned booster was blacked out in the school’s release.

The letter, per the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, states the following:

“The (NCAA) investigation has revealed that as a representative of Mississippi State’s athletic interests (Bulldog Club member), you engaged in impermissible contact with the prospective student-athlete and that other violations of NCAA rules also may have occurred.”

Reports last week linked the NCAA investigation to Mississippi State freshman Will Redmond, who signed with the Bulldogs out of Memphis (Tenn.) East High School.

It appears Redmond isn’t the only Memphis-area prospect who has brought on the interest of the NCAA. Georgia freshman Sheldon Dawson, who attended Memphis Ridgeway, will be interviewed by an NCAA representative on Friday, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

Alabama signee Brandon Hill, who has enrolled at Hargrave Military Academy, met with the NCAA close to six months ago while attending St. George’s Independent School in Collierville, Tenn., according to the Commercial Appeal.

The subject of the interviews, according to both schools’ coaches, has centered around Mississippi State.

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Clowney Picks Carolina

In front of a huge media throng and ESPN’s cameras, Jadeveon Clowney announced that he would play his college football at South Carolina.

“I’m headed to the University of… South Carolina,” Clowney said.

ESPN delayed Clowney’s statement for a couple of extra minutes to squeeze in an additional commercial break.  The most laughable comment of the day came before Clowney’s choice as one school official said Clowney had not sought out all the media attention surrounding him.  Well, he sure could have avoided it by just releasing his pick last week in an email.  Since he elected to go the which-hat-will-I-pick route live on ESPN a full 10 days after signing day and a week after he admitted to actually making up his mind, we’ll keep right on thinking the kid was indeed seeking some spotlight.

Interestingly, Clowney said that he wanted to go to Alabama after his visit to Tuscaloosa, but his mother didn’t want him to go so far away from home.  (Wonder if any Bama fans will voice anger at a parent getting involved in her son’s decision… just days after Cyrus Kouandjio’s family helped flip him from Auburn to the Tide?)

This is obviously an enormous “get” for the Carolina program.  Steve Spurrier now has a building block on defense to go along with Marcus Lattimore on offense.  That’s if, of course, Clowney can get into USC and avoid a one-year stopover at Hargrave Military Academy.

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Running Back Milton Chooses Mississippi State

Running back Derrick Milton from Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., has committed to Mississippi State.

Milton made the commitment following a visit to Starkville this past weekend.

“I just started thinking about how good of a time I had and what am I waiting on, why not get it over with, so I did what I had to do,” Milton told “The visit was big, it actually left a lasting impression on me and is the best place for me.”

Milton had planned to take an official visit to Tennessee this upcoming weekend. That pan likely changed when the Vols received a commitment from running back Marlin Lane during the weekend.

Milton is Mississippi State’s 25th commitment for the class of 2011.

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Florida center Vernon Macklin adjusting to leadership role

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With five returning starters this season, Florida has leadership to spare. But coach  Billy Donovan is trying to test it now.

He’s been creating adversity in practice to see how his players will handle it. It’s easy enough to be a leader in the summer. It’s considerably more difficult to do so in late November with games underway.

Among the players Donovan is testing is redshirt senior Vernon Macklin, a player who hasn’t had to take on that role before.

“I don’t think Vernon has responded like I would like to see him respond,” Donovan said. “Now he’s done a great job up to this point and he’s played well and he’s worked hard, but he himself is going to be able to handle and be a calming force in a lot of ways for our team. There’s no doubt in my mind that I think he can do that.”

Donovan said part of that comes from Macklin’s journey to this point. A highly touted recruit out of Hargrave Military Academy, Macklin spent two years at Georgetown before transferring to Florida. After sitting out a year, he’s only had one season to find his place here.

With the start of the regular season just more than a week away, Donovan is confident Macklin will get to that point. But without the live action of games to test his center, Donovan will have to do it himself.

“It’s a huge adjustment cause Coach D, he puts you on a high level,” Macklin said. “He wants you to be the type of leader like those great guys was in 06 and 07. I’ve never been in that position before, so I’m working to get there.”

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