December 1, 2010

Notes: Los Angeles receivers among expected visitors

Julio Jones is expected to leave Alabama a year early.

A.J. Green could do the same at Georgia.

If those two stars leave the Southeastern Conference, Anthony Denham feels he could fill the void. Ole Miss is certainly telling him as much on the eve of his official visit to the Oxford, Miss., campus this weekend.

"They're telling me I could be the next big guy in the SEC," Denham said. "That sounds good to me. I have the same height and weight, and the same explosion and speed they have."

Denham, a four-star prospect from East Los Angeles (Calif.) College, is ranked by Rivals.com as the nation's No. 5 junior college prospect. The 6-foot-6, 215-pounder took an unofficial visit to Utah last weekend and will likely visit Kansas later this month before making a decision.

Ole Miss is hoping to take the lead for his services this weekend.

"I've always heard about Mississippi being hot and not having anything to do," said Denham, a California native. "But I am hearing it's a lot different than that."


Denham's East L.A. teammate, wide receiver Eric McHenry, will be making the trip to Oxford as well. McHenry, a 6-foot, 180-pounder, said he began hearing from Ole Miss in September and picked up a scholarship offer from the Rebels recently. He became interested in Ole Miss, he said, when he saw the success former Rebels Mike Wallace and Dexter McCluster were having in the NFL.

"That sounded good to me," said McHenry, who is a May graduate. "(Ole Miss wide receivers coach Ron Dickerson Jr.) said I could come in and play. He said I could come in and help on special teams, too, as a kick returner and a punt returner."

McHenry said Ole Miss is the leader for his signature at this point, though he said he plans to visit Oregon before making a decision.

NICHOLAS DOWN TO TWO: Brooklyn (ASA College), N.Y., safety Ivan Nicholas will visit Ole Miss officially this weekend, and the Rebels have a chance to land his commitment.

"I'm not sure," Nicholas said. "It's possible, but I'm not sure right now. They're looking for me to come in and make something happen right away."

Nicholas, a Florida native who will graduate from ASA this month, is also giving Florida serious consideration.

"(Florida) is looking at my transcript, but they're interested in me," Nicholas said. "North Carolina is interested as well, but I'm not sure I want to do that."

Nicholas' teammate, defensive tackle Gilbert Pena is also scheduled to visit Ole Miss this weekend. The Rebels are expected to entertain as many as 10 official visitors.

WILLIAMS FOCUSED ON PLAYOFFS: Tampa (Robinson), Fla., cornerback Frankie Williams entertained Ole Miss cornerbacks coach/recruiting coordinator Chris Vaughn Tuesday. Purdue is visiting Thursday. North Carolina State in coming Friday. Auburn just stopped by for film.

However, Williams isn't thinking about any of that just yet. Instead, he's focused on his team's state semifinal game against Glades Central this weekend.

"I'm trying to get a ring on my finger," Williams said. "I'm very excited. This is how we ended our season last year. It's time for revenge."

Williams said he'll wait until January to take any official visits. However, Vaughn made an impression Tuesday.

"He told me I could help in the return game a lot and he said they pretty much need guys to step up," Williams said, though he declined to name a leader for his services. "I'm going to wait until after the season and I'll think about it."

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