"I committed to Coach (Hugh) Freeze right before I left," Combs said while on his way to the airport to get back home from his official
visit. "I decided this was the right decision for me because I can come
in and play right away, and I just have this bond with the Ole Miss coaches.
(Hugh) Freeze, (Maurice) Harris, JC (Crouse), (Chris) Kiffin and those guys.
They feel like family to me."
Combs said he was giving some consideration to committing to Ole Miss before
the official visit, but he wanted to give his grandmother a chance to see the
campus first. What did she think?
"She loved it and felt the same way as the rest of my family. Everybody
loves it here and that's a big plus, but the main thing is that I love it there
too. It just feels like home away from home."
The bond Combs has built with the staff at Ole Miss is what won out in the end.
"What sealed the deal for me was the trust factor. That was the biggest
thing. I can trust their coaches to make sure I graduate. That was the biggest
thing. They want me to come in there next June and dominate. I feel like it's an up and coming program and I just want to be a part of it."
Combs got a chance to take in the Ole Miss spring game. He saw an opportunity for early playing time.
"I feel like I can come in right away and be the dominant factor I know
I can be. I like my potential to start at Ole Miss. I like the way Coach Kiffin stunts his tackles and the twists they run. He really lets them be aggressive,
and I'm a real aggressive player."
What put Ole Miss over the top in the end?
"It's just the situation they put me in. I couldn't pass up a once in
a lifetime opportunity."
However, his commitment isn't likely to to stop other schools from trying to change his mind.
"Texas Tech's defensive coordinator comes in Wednesday to watch me practice.
I still plan on visiting Arkansas and take some more visits and compare what
they have to Ole Miss but it's going to be real hard to get anyone to change
my mind. It's like family down there at Ole Miss."
Tennessee, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Kansas, Kansas State, Baylor Texas Tech, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State, Utah Washington State, and Pittsburgh have all offered the Pierce CC defensive tackle.
Yancy Porter is the Mississippi
Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at email@example.com
It was maybe the worst kept secret around Mississippi that one of the more coveted junior college players in the country, defensive tackle Marquel Combs, had a good chance to commit to Ole Miss while on his official visit to the school over the weekend.