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Army All-American commits to Ole Miss
Posted Jan 25, 2009
The 6' 5", 265 pound defensive end out of Chicago (ILL) made it final tonight when he committed to the University of Mississippi.
"It has been a whirlwind for us in the last four or five days since Craig re-opened his recruitment, but it is finally over. Craig will be attending Ole Miss," added E.J. Jones, the Drummond's family advisor.
What kind of relationship does E.J. Jones have with the Drummonds?
"I am more of a spokesperson for their family. I do not make the decisions for Craig, I just relay what his decisions are and give him good sound advise. The Drummonds make all of the decisions. I have been doing this for years and helped a lot of kids out from the Chicago area. My first kid was a young man by the name of Chris Zorich that played for Notre Dame. My relationship with Craig and the Drummonds go way back."
How did this commitment come all about?
"The situation for Craig's recruitment opened back up after the Army All-American game. He wanted to see what other options were out there. Some of the players at that game were talking very highly of Coach Nutt and his staff, so that is how he became interested in them, and Ole Miss just happened to be the first school to contact him after it was learned that he was not committed to Illinois anymore. Craig wanted to take a look at some schools, so he went and visited Ole Miss this weekend. He said he felt the most comfortable at Ole Miss out of the three official visits he has been on, so that is where he is going to get his education and play football."
What made Drummond go ahead pull the trigger and pick Ole Miss?
"I think even before he took the visit to their campus, he had a comfort level with their staff. Coach (Chris) Vaughn did his homework (laugh). He was the first person to contact Craig when he opened back up his recruitment. Two days later, Coach Nutt was in his house. Before anyone else even got wind of what was going on, Ole Miss was already in Craig's living room. Craig told me that it seemed like he already knew their staff for 20 years after their home visit. He was just very impressed with how genuine and sincere they are down there at Ole Miss. Their staff did an excellent of selling Ole Miss to the Drummonds. They were very organized, and I knew then that he was probably headed there. I just did not say anything, but I could tell it in his eyes when he talked about the Ole Miss staff that he was gong there if he liked his visit. Craig went over there this weekend and just fell in love with it down there, and now you can say the rest is history."
There were a couple more selling points for Ole Miss with Scout.com's #11 nationally rated DE.
"He just got a good feel for Coach Nutt, and he is excited about the plans they have in store for him. He knows they are practically graduating their 3 deep chart at DE next year, so he can learn from the best in
and become the focal point his sophomore season."
When will the Morgan Park product arrive in Oxford?
"I expect all of the details to be finalized in the next few hours, but we are about to finalize the flight arrangements,. We are doing all of the paperwork as we speak to get him admitted. He should be arriving to Oxford within the next 24 hours."
When will he sign his letter of intent?
"He has not signed a letter of intent yet because the NCAA rules state that you can not sign until February 4th. That is national signing day. I may be wrong, but that is what I believe is the rule. If it is not, he will sign one within the next 24 hours, but I believe those are the rules. He has got to get cleared through the Ole Miss admissions office first. We have a 3 or 4 day window to get him enrolled into school through the admissions office. If the worst case scenario happens, and he does not get into school, then he will sign in February and start classes in the fall. But we feel good that things will get done in time to start classes by the end of the week. Regardless, he is going to be at Ole Miss next year rather he gets in the spring or fall, he will be there."
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