"It really hit me last weekend (August 7th)," added Kameron Wood
asked when he knew Ole Miss was where he was going to commit to. "I kept
switching between the two all summer, but then I just went with my heart, and
it was telling me Ole Miss so that's where I am going. I couldn't be anymore happy
with my decision."
What else made Ole Miss attractive for the Birmingham (AL) native?
"I just enjoyed being with their coaches. I have some friends in T.J. Worthy
, and Donte Moncrief
that are going to school there too. I worked
out with those guys this summer and we all became real good friends. Now it is
going to work out for all of us to be at Ole Miss together. It's really is like
a dream to come true. You hear people say that all of the time, but for me, it
couldn't be anymore true"
What kind of role did the three Ole Miss commits play in Wood's decision?
"I can't say I would have gone somewhere else if they were not going to Ole
Miss but it sure made it easier for me to choose Ole Miss knowing they were going
to be there. We all worked out together this summer and have just been keeping
in touch with each other daily on facebook and things like that. They are good
friends of mine. Last Thursday (August 5th), Collins called me and said I should
come join them that they are building something special. He got T.J. on a three-way
with me, and he started talking about how excited it would be for all of us to
be a family. I was already leaning towards Ole Miss pretty good, but that kind
of sealed the deal for me. I didn't want to go somewhere I didn't know anybody.
It is good to be around some familiar faces and people with the same background.
I had never talked to the other recruits from the other schools because me and
Collins and T.J. and Donte had become such good friends. They told me why they
picked Ole Miss and it was the same reason I liked them. They have a great staff,
great tradition, great academics, and a great town and student body. It definitely
made me think a little harder about Ole Miss when they committed to Ole Miss."
The coaches at Ole Miss gave him a little "home" flavor too.
"Coach (Terry) Price and (Tyrone and Derrick) Nix are great coaches who have
the same background as me. Coach (Tyrone) Nix took me into his office on my visit
and told me about his background in Alabama. He grew up in his area and played
ball around here. And Coach Price was at Auburn for ten years and recruited Alabama
while he was at Auburn. They all have an Alabama background and know this state.
That was a big selling point for me too."
Wood's father came with him on his trips to Ole Miss and MSU before he made his
commitment, but he let Kameron make the decision for himself.
"He didn't really give me any input. He told me he didn't care where I went,
just make my decision before the start of the season, and never look back. He
told me that I am a grown man so I have to do what is best for me and I did."
Kameron kept his decision to himself and never let anyone outside of his family
and the winning staff know about his decision. Most press conferences are academic
as most already know where the player is announcing but not Wood's.
"All day at school everybody was saying, go dogs. One of my coaches who went
to (Mississippi) State had a bet with another one of my coaches that I was going
to MSU. I think he was kind of shocked that I picked Ole Miss too (laugh). A lot
of the guys in the school administration thought I was picking MSU, but I decided
to go with the University of Mississipp,i and that's what I am sticking with."
What did the Ole Miss coaches say when he informed them that he was choosing the
"I called Coach Markuson after I spoke with T.J. and those guys and told
him I was coming to Ole Miss. Coach Markuson recruited me for Ole Miss and did
a great job with me. He answered all of my questions throughout the recruiting
process and was really helpful for me. He was excited when I told him about the
news. He got right off the phone and called Coaches Nutt and Price and everybody
was really excited I was going to be an Ole Miss Rebel."
Kameron has a message for the Ole Miss family.
"I just want to let them know how excited I am to now be a part of their
family, and when I step on the field, I will make them proud. We have a special
class coming in, and we definitely plan on winning some championships while I
Kameron had 75 tackles and 7 sacks last season. He also forced seven fumbles and
batted down four passes.
Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at
Scout.com's #40 nationally ranked defensive end stood at the podium last Friday in front of John Carroll's student body at the Green and White pep rally and announced where he will be spending the next four to five years. Some were surprised by the decision but it really was not that hard of a decision for Kameron Wood. To learn more, read below.