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Johnathan Abram out of Columbia, Miss., got a surprise phone call on Labor Day.

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"Coach (Tom) Allen called me Monday morning and got coach (Hugh) Freeze on the phone with us," Abram said. "He told me they waited until now to offer me because they were really evaluating everyone really hard. They are being selective in who they offer because he said they were low on scholarships. Coach Freeze told me that they were going to be recruiting me really hard and wanted me to be an Ole Miss Rebel."

The 6' 2", 195-pound defender was gracious for the scholarship offer.

"I told them thank you and I would talk it over with my family. My parents came with me when I went up to their Elite Camp this summer. They were excited about me getting that offer. They asked me what I thought about them, and I told them I have not really thought about it. I just need some time to think about things."

The East Marion standout did get a glimpse into what the Ole Miss campus and coaches were like during the trip.

"I like the family atmosphere up there. Their whole team is like brothers. They also have a great coaching staff. They all work together. They teach you, and you can tell they are into it by the way they coach. But what I liked most about Ole Miss were their facilities. They stood out to me the most. They are all brand new and all together. It's really nice up there. I loved their campus too."

Where does Ole Miss stand in the big recruiting picture?

"I honestly don't know right now. Louisville was my first offer. Southern Miss was next. Georgia offered me recently and so did Kentucky. I have a lot to think about."

What did Georgia say when they offered?

"They said my offer stands all the way until signing day. I don't have to worry about making a rush decision. That is basically what they told me. They just said I could call them any time through signing day and my offer would be there on the table for me."

The Dawgs are impressed with the '13 All-State performer's explosiveness on the football field.

"They said they liked my quick fet, body frame, and how I strike everyone."

What stands out about Georgia?

"I have actually been over there three times. I went to their camp too. I liked everything over there, really. It's Georgia. I love Georgia. Everyone is hands on, even coach (Mark) Richt."

Kentucky came calling too.

"They offered me too. I have not done my research on them, but I will be going up there soon. They basically said I am a ball hawk on the field and that's why they really like me."

If there was one person he would like to play with on the next level he might have to go to Louisville to archive that goal.

"Me and Jaylen Smith from Pascagoula have been talking about going to school together. We play for the Mississippi Grind (7-on-7 team) and are real close. He is committed to Louisville right now. They were actually the first school to offer me. We just touch base every now and then but they send me tons of mail."

A decision could come sooner than later.

"I don't know when I am going to make it, but it will not be too long because I graduate in December. I just want to get a great education and play as a freshman. I am really looking at where I can get on the field the quickest and make the biggest impact."

Johnathan had over 3,000 yards of offense last season at quarterback for East Marion and 88 tackles with 5 picks on defense.


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





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