December 1, 2008

Former FL DB talks about Ole Miss official visit

Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt said Sunday that he'll be selective about the next 10-12 prospects that he takes verbal commitments from and those will be aimed at filling the team's needs.

One prospect that may fall into that category is Jamar Hornsby, a former four-star recruit who signed with Florida out of high school in 2006 before transferring to East Mississippi C.C. late last summer.

Hornsby has already visited Ole Miss on an unofficial trip, but he passed on attending the Ole Miss and Mississippi State game on Friday in order to spend time with his family in Jacksonsville.

"I caught part of the game on television," Hornsby said. "I was kind of in and out but I saw some of it and the final score. It was an impressive win by Ole Miss."

While Hornsby isn't naming favorites, Ole Miss has surfaced over the last few weeks as a possible destination for the former Gator. Ole Miss, in addition to Kentucky and Arkansas, have extended offers according to Hornsby. He also said that Alabama has made a verbal offer, but he he is yet to receive a written offer.

Ironically, Hornsby could have been playing this week for Florida in the SEC championship game and was expected to see playing time this fall for the Gators. However, he was dismissed from the team after being charged with misdemeanor charges of credit card fraud. His case is still pending and a plea agreement is expected to be reached later this month. No details of the agreement have been disclosed, according to a recent report published in a Jacksonville newspaper.

Meanwhile, Hornsby turned in an impressive season for the Lions.

He earned NCJAA All-Region 23 defensive MVP and was named first team all-state for the north division. The Jacksonville, Fla., native was the Lions' No. 2 tackler on the year with 111 total tackles (64 solos and 47 assists) and was tied for third on the club with two interceptions. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound standout was also credited with eight pass breakups, four quarterback hurries and three forced fumbles on the year.

Hornsby, who is required to attend two semesters at EMCC before he can transfer to a Division I school, won't sign until February and appears to be taking his time when it comes to the recruiting process.

"This is my second time around, so I know what to expect," he said on Sunday. "I'm still just looking around and waiting to see who all offers."

Despite taking his time, Hornsby said he plans to take an official visit to Ole Miss.

"I'm talking to the coaches and I still need to work out the details, but I plan on being at Ole Miss this weekend," Hornsby said. "Chances are about 9 out of 10 that I'll be there this weekend. But, if I don't make it, I'll be up on another weekend in December of January."

Although Hornsby plans to be on campus this weekend, don't expect a commitment.

"The coaches are talking to me and it's kind of the same old, same old," he said. "I've been through it (recruiting) and I'm not going to go up and be all impressed and commit. It's tough to say, but I just need to wait and see what happens and figure out what's best for me."

Hornsby has two seasons of eligibility remaining. He plans to attend EMCC in the spring and hopes to complete all academic requirements to be eligible to enroll in a Division I school for summer school in May.

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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