November 17, 2008

Former Florida DB visits Ole Miss

Former Florida defensive back Jamar Hornsby made his scheduled trip to Ole Miss for the Louisiana- Monroe game and came away impressed with the Rebels' 59-0 route of the Warhawks.

Hornsby, a 6-foot-3, 200 pound safety, now at East Mississippi C.C. said he arrived somewhat late, but enjoyed the experience. Most prospects arrive an hour or two before game time and some take a tour of the indoor practice facility before moving to the sidelines about an hour before kickoff.

"I just went straight to the sidelines," Hornsby said after returning to the Scooba campus. "I watched the team wam up and talked some to coach (Kim) Dameron and some of the players.

Despite the frigid temperatures on an overcast day made worse by windy conditions, Hornsy said he stayed for the entire game.

"It was cold but I stayed for the entire game," he said. "I like it, I really enjoyed it. Ole Miss was really impressive on offense and the defense played well - anytime you have a shutout, you've had a good game on defense."

While head coach Houston Nutt was busy coaching the Rebels to a sixth win and bowl eligibility, Hornsby did have time to talk to him for a few minutes.

"He said that they want me," Hornsby said. "He said he was ready to get me up there."

The next move for Hornsby will be an official visit to Ole Miss.

"Definitely, definitely, I'm definitely coming back for an official visit," he said. "Most likely that will be in December, but it could be in January."

While Hornsby said in an interview with last week that he was receiving interest from "most" SEC schools, he clarified that statement on Saturday when it comes to offers.

"Kentucky and Arkansas have offered as well as Ole Miss," Hornsby said. "There's a couple of others that I can't recall. Alabama has also been in touch and I think they are close to offering."

Hornsby declined to name a leader among the schools that have offered or that he's interested in.

"Ole Miss is definitely a front runner," he said. "I've been through this before (recruiting process) and I want to take my time and make the right decision."

One thing that apparently didn't impact Hornsby was the slim crowd at Ole Miss for the non-conference game against ULM. The Rebels drew only an announced crowd of 43,000 on a dreary day for a game that a win meant bowl eligibility for the first time in five years - a stark contrast to the crowds of 90,000-plus that Hornsby saw assembled when he was at Florida.

"No, no at all," Hornsby said when asked about the game day atmosphere he said on Saturday and it's potential negative impact on his recruitment. "I'm just looking for a place to play and don't pay attention to all of that. Ole Miss really went out and made me feel really welcome. I could definitely see myself playing there - I like their defense."

Hornsby said he didn't have an opportunity to see Oxford or the campus, but plans to do that on his official visit.

Hornsby has two seasons of eligibility remaining. He plans to attend EMCC in the spring per an NCAA requirement for him to attend at least two semesters before he transfers to another Division I school.

Hornsby, who is originally from Jacksonville (Sandalwood), Fla., signed with Florida as part of the Gators' heralded 2006 signing class, choosing Florida over the likes of Southern California, Georgia, Ohio State, and Michigan. Hornsby said he was offered by "just about every SEC team."

Two seasons ago, Hornsby was listed as a Rivals250 prospect, the 22nd best prospect in Florida, the No. 13 athlete nationally, and was ranked a four-star prospect coming out of high school.

After drawing a redshirt in the 2006 season at Florida, Hornsby played in eight games as a redshirt freshman in 2007. He was credited with five tackles.

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