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Egg Bowl has extra meaning for Kameron Wood
Posted Nov 25, 2010
Scout.com's #38 nationally rated defensive end stood at his school's podium on August 13th, and while everyone in the crowd was anticipating him to announce for MSU, Wood shocked everyone and said Hotty Toddy. Now these two schools butt heads Saturday and Kameron will be right there in the stands to witness it. To learn more, click below.
"Yea, I still get some grief about that day," stated a chuckling
. "I think everyone thought I was going to MSU, but I had known for a couple of weeks where I was headed. I just kept it to myself. I just liked Ole Miss better. It is not that I did not like MSU. I thought it was a good school. Ole Miss was just more me though. I am really hoping Ole Miss wins this game so I can show them why I picked Ole Miss. This game is not really about bragging rights for me. People are always going to talk so I do not care about the bragging rights. I just want Ole Miss to win the game and let their talking show on the field."
Hypothetically, MSU whips the Rebels on their home turf. Could that get the Ole Miss commit to start thinking twice about his commitment?
"Either way it goes I am going to honor my commitment, but I am curious to see how they stack up against one another. But either way, it is not going to effect my decision. It is not going to get me to decommit or something if MSU were to win. I picked Ole Miss for a lot of reasons and one game is not going to change all of that. That's just not me."
What will Wood key in on during the Egg Bowl?
"I want to watch their rushers off the end and how it is done at Ole Miss. I have been up there a couple of times already for their games, like the Auburn and Vandy games, but I was more focused on their personnel more than anything else. This time I want to see how they run their defense. A lot of people rush their ends different ways. Some hit the gaps and others do not. They just go straight ahead. I just want to evaluate their techniques and see what I can do to improve myself so I can get ready for Ole Miss next year."
Kameron actually played a lot of outside linebacker this season in the 3-4 defense while going down to defensive end in the 3-4 defense.
"I think I came off the ball well when they had me at end, but I was playing outside linebacker unless it was an obvious pass down and then we went to the 3-4, and I switched to end on those downs. My stats were a little under par (80 tackles, 10 sacks, 3 int's, and 24 QB hurries) for what I set out for myself going into my senior season, but I set a real high standard that I didn't reach. But it was fun playing linebacker, a whole lot more fun than playing defense end, but I think I am going to go back down to defensive end for Coach Price so I am going to prepare for it."
What area did Wood improve most on?
"Dropping back into coverages. I came a long ways from my sophomore and junior seasons. Containing and keeping my eyes on the QB's eyes. I did a good job of that this year."
Ole Miss has had trouble getting pressure on the QB this season and Wood knows that he could be counted on to help out in that area next fall. Does that change his mind set going into the offseason?
"It really has changed my mind set a lot, especially after talking to Coaches Nutt and Nix and Price. They need a big time pass rusher, and I know the opportunity is right there in front of me to be one of those guys. I am not even playing basketball this year so I can concentrate on getting bigger and stronger before I get up there to Ole Miss. I know I need to report at about 235, and even then, I am going to have to continue to get bigger."
Colleges will continue to pursue commitments from other schools and Wood is no different.
"MSU was calling a lot, but I blew it off, and they have pretty much quit calling. Arkansas calls, and I do plan on taking a visit up there sometime soon. I just want to see their campus and get one last look at Arkansas. I have never been up there, and I want to see their academic setup and campus. I will take a look, and plus it is a free visit, so why not take it? (laugh)."
Does Wood still feel solid about his Ole Miss commitment?
"Oh yes, all the way. I am Ole Miss through and through."
Anymore visits lined up?
"Coach Markuson told me that all of the Mississippi guys and the people from around this area (
) are coming in on January 21st so I told him to sign me up."
Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at email@example.com
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