Leader Emerging?

Mississippi Scout
Posted Aug 13, 2013

Willie Hibbler out of Sardis, Miss., lives just a few miles down the road from Oxford. He stopped by the Ole Miss campus Saturday to check out their scrimmage.

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"I went to see the Ole Miss scrimmage with Justin Connor," Hibbler said. "I wanted to see how the players take care of each other after competing against one another all summer for a position. They keep it very competitive. The coaches keep it competitive even when they are competing against one another. That is why I want to help them out. I just like how they do things at Ole Miss."

Willie Hibbler is a 6' 5", 220-pound receiver and linebacker for North Panola. He kept his eyes on one player at Ole Miss during the scrimmage.

"Oh, I watched Donte Moncrief the whole time. He has a lot of size like I do. Donte is pretty much the player I pattern my game after. We are both big guys who can run. I love the way he gets in and out of his cuts and how fluid his routes are."

Hibbler has been to Oxford several times this summer but wanted to get a better feel for how they practice this time.

"I wanted see how the coaches would treated the players. Even if a player made a bad play their coaches would take them over to the sideline and show them what they did wrong in the drill and encouraged them. They never yelled at them. That made me realize how much their coaches care for their players. I pretty much already knew that because I have talked to their players a lot about how they treat them but it was good seeing it up close."

What stood out the most during the trip?

"I like how the practice flows. When the first team finished the coaches would take them to the side and put in the second team and coach them up. It did not matter if you were on the first or second or third team. They treated everybody the same and coached everybody up. I just like how they all work together."

The Ole Miss coaches avoided the recruiting topic while speaking to Willie during the visit and that put him at ease.

"They just told me they were happy to see me at their scrimmage and asked how my practices were coming along. We never talk recruiting. I talk to coach (Derrick) Nix pretty much every week and we just talk about life instead of recruiting. We talk about my team and what I could do to help me become a better player. It just makes me feel comfortable around them."

Where does Ole Miss stand in the big recruiting picture?

"Right now they are one of my top three schools. I am not looking to commit right now, but they are at the top. Time will tell what is going to happen in the future, but they are going to be hard to beat. My other top schools right now are Vandy and Tennessee. I need to meet their whole Vandy staff like I have Ole Miss' before I would ever say I am going to Vandy but I like them a lot too."

What stands out about the Commodores?

"I have not been there but when I see them play on TV I like the way they play. They have a good staff. They are very competitive. I like that in any team I see."

And Tennessee?

"They also have a great staff. They will work with their players even if they have already graduated. They make sure every player is focused on the team and not the individual. I got a chance to go to their camp this summer and really enjoyed it."

Where else did Willie camp?

"I went to Tennessee, Alabama, Ole Miss, Memphis, and Duke."

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

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