September 23, 2008

Rebels have work to do on FL safety

It's still more than four months away from National Signing Day, but Ole Miss clearly has some work left to do with Opa Locka (Monsignor Pace HS), Fla. safety Kayvon Webster.

"I talked with Coach (Chris) Vaughn (Ole Miss's recruiting coordinator) last week," Webster said on Monday. "He's telling me that they've had to move guys from offense to play defense and they need help real bad. He's also telling me that I might have an opportunity to play both ways."

While the thought of playing both offense and defense is appealing to Webster, that may be the biggest lure at this point that Ole Miss has, as there's a couple of drawbacks to the Rebels that have him favoring some other schools.

"I don't have a top five, I'm still open," Webster said. "But right now, the Florida schools, LSU, and South Carolina are standing out."

Webster has offers from Florida, Miami, South, Florida and Florida International in the Sunshine state alone. Since the last update by on Webster was published in late July, he said he's added offers from LSU, Tennessee, Louisville, Virginia, Purdue, Boston College, and Wisconsin. He also has offers from Ole Miss, South Carolina, Auburn, and Vanderbilt.

When it comes to Webster and the Rebels, the best way Ole Miss could improve its standing with the 5-foot-11, 181 pound prospect with 4.4 speed is to win.

Webster said he caught the Ole Miss game with Wake Forest, where the Rebels lost on a last second field goal to the currently No. 16 rated team in the nation, but noted "but they lost." He then added - "and, they lost to Vanderbilt too, didn't they."

The other issue surrounding Webster and Ole Miss is one of distance. He indicated that his mother "may have issues with Ole Miss" related to it being too far away from home.

When asked if he'll consider Ole Miss for an official visit - Webster said: "That's a big question."

However, Webster has said in previous interviews that he's in no hurry to make a verbal pledge and he stressed on Monday that he remains open.

"I plan on keeping my eye on Ole Miss," he said. "I want to see how they do this season. Depending on that, they might get one of my official visits."

Last year Webster finished with 30 receptions for over 500 yards with eight touchdowns. He also returned a kick for a score. On defense, playing linebacker, he had 90 tackles, five sacks, three forced fumbles (one returned for a touchdown) and two fumble recoveries.

"He's an exceptional kid," Pace High coach Alvin Slaughter said. "Kayvon is a great person, has great character. When you have an athlete that also possesses great character, that's rare."

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