Rising Up the Ranks

Mississippi Scout
Posted Jun 26, 2013

Willie Hibbler out of North Panola is quickly becoming one of the more sought after prospects in Mississippi for the class of 2015.


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Willie Hibbler stands 6' 4", 220 pounds but was mostly used at quarterback last season by North Panola.

"Most of the colleges are talking about putting me at receiver or tight end," Hibbler said. "I've had some talk about me playing defense but mostly receiver."

Hibbler broke on to the scene as a sophomore last season as he had over 1,000 yards of offense.

"I just want to keep working on my speed and how to use my size while running routes and just running the ball in traffic."

The North Panola standout lives just miles down the road from the Ole Miss campus and he showed up for the Rebels' elite camp with an offer already in hand.

"I just wanted to see how their coaches work with their players and see how they worked with me individually as a person and as a player. I really liked working for them at their camp. They showed me a lot of good techniques and new routes to run. It was a great day. They're recruiting me as a wide receiver so that's good too."

The All-State performer was offered by the Rebels prior to camp. What was his reaction?

"It surprised me because it came so quick, and I didn't know anyone was looking at me. It just motivated me to come over there and show them that they didn't make a mistake."

What impressed the Rebels enough to offer the soon to be junior?

"They just liked the way I played different positions and produce and do anything for my team. They think I'm a good leader."

Which other colleges is Hibbler hearing from?

"I talked to Memphis and Memphis offered me. Alabama and UCLA called too. They've been sending me a lot of letters and talking to me, and it just motivated me. It also motivated some of my teammates because they want to get to the same level."

Who is coming after the Sardis native the hardest?

"Ole Miss really. After they offered me they have stayed in touch and make sure I'm staying on top of my academics and as a person."

Coach (Derrick) Nix has already made an impression.

"Me and him are real close, and I've become closest to him because we talk so much and he stays on me with my grades and keeping up with my school work. That impresses my mother too."

Who is closest to offering next?

"Probably Alabama or MSU really."

What is Alabama saying?

"They liked the way I performed before I got injured. They really like the way I play as a player and as a leader. I went to their camp, and they were impressed. They told me to keep lifting weights and keep getting better."

MSU has also made an impression.

"I talk to them mostly every day too. I haven't gone to their camp yet, but I plan on going. I know they have a great academic program for their players. They make sure all of their players get their education before they play ball.

Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com

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