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Texas Receiver Considering USC Visit

WR Brandon LaFell (6-3 175) of Houston was recruited by Steve Spurrier Jr. when he was at Arizona and now he's getting Spurrier's attention from a USC standpoint. LaFell said he is considering taking an official visit to USC either January 7th or January 21st. He's also looking at Miami, MIchigan State and LSU for that final trip. He has been to Arizona, Missouri and Nebraska and will visit Oklahoma State January 14th. LaFell said USC just started to recruit him last week. "I don't know a lot about them but they've got Steve Spurrier as coach and that's receiver heaven," LaFell said. "I know I'm going to get a lot of balls thrown my way." LaFell said he does not have a favorite and he'll decide on that fifth visit after Christmas. This season he had 46 catches for 1116 yards and 16 touchdowns. And as a cornerback and safety he had 50 tackles and 8 interceptions returning 4 for touchdowns. He also had 2 punt returns for scores.

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USC Visits Lined Up:

#23 3-Star TB Mike Ford 4.4/40 (1/14/05)

#63 3-Star CB Chris Singleton 4.40/40 (1/7/05)

NR 2-Star CB Jeremy Ware 4.42/40 (1/7/05)

NR 3-Star DE Keon Cooper 4.6/40 (1/14/05)

#66 3-Star LB Dakota Walker 4.5/40 (1/14/05)

#56 3-Star WR Jared Cook 4.6/40 (1/7/05

#31 3-Star LB Marvin Sapp 4.5/40 (1/14/05)

#38 3-Star LB Tavares Kearney 4.5/40 (1/7/05)

#37 3-Star DE Kerry Bonds 4.6/40 (1/14/05)

#29 3-Star OL Dwight Alexander 4.9/40 (1/14/05)

NR 3-Star S Yvan Banag 4.4/40 (1/14/05)

NR 3-Star DT Jarriel King 4.87/40 (1/14/05)

#13 3-Star OL Zane Bruhin 5.2/40 (Unknown at this time)

NR 2-Star CB E.J. Adams 4.5/40 (1/7/04)

#4 4-Star TE Jonathan Hannah 4.81/40 (1/14/05)

#41 3-Star WR T.J. Williams 4.6/40 (1/7/05)

NR 2-Star OL William Bergen 4.9/40 (1/7/05)

NR 2-Star LB Chris Clinton 4.5/40 (1/7/05)

#18 3-Star QB Jonathan Garner 4.98/40 (1/7/05)

#25 3-Star OL Hivera Green 4.8/40 (1/7/05)

#46 3-Star DT Lemuel Jean-Pierre 5.19/40 (1/7/05)

#19 4-Star WR J.C. Neal 4.44/40 (1/7/05)

NR 3-Star WR Aaron Brown 4.4/40 (1/14/05)

NR 4-Star DE Bobby Jones 4.71/40 (1/14/05)

NR 3-Star DB Carl Teague 4.55/40 (1/14/05)

#3 3-Star K Ryan Succop (1/7/05) ALREADY COMMITTED TO USC

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I just hope we actually land some of these guys.....

Ditto that.

Quite a few of them.... we are the team to beat.

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Rank Talks About USC Commitment

RB Taylor Rank (6-2 201) of Vancouver, WA, who committed to USC Monday, is ready to fit in with Gamecock fans who fight with those outside the border over the school's acronymical identification. "The real USC?" Rank laughed in recognizing he'd be heading to a part of the world where those letters mean South Carolina. As for why he committed to the Gamecocks, Rank said a big reason was "just the opportunity to play for the coach I think is the best active coach around in coach Spurrier. It's just two hours away from where I used to live (in Georgia). And I think the program is going in a great direction. Rank, who also plays safety and outside linebacker, said the Gamecocks recruited him as a running back. He also had offers from Washington, Montana State and Portland State. He will make his visit to USC January 14th.

Sledge Will Check Out USC

WR Eric Sledge (6-4 195) of Apopka, FL says he will make an official visit to USC January 21st. Sledge was offered by the previous staff at USC and says the new staff is honoring that offer. Sledge can play in the secondary and linebacker but said the Gamecocks like him as a receiver. This season he had 17 catches for 300 yards and 6 touchdowns. On defense he had 75 tackles with 4 interceptions, 2 returned for touchdowns, and 1 kickoff return for a score. He has visited West Virginia and will visit Louisville January 7th, Ohio State or NC State, with a lean to Ohio State, January 14th and USC on the 21st. Sledge said he does not have a favorite.

USC Scratches Garner From List

QB Jonathan Garner (6-4 205) of Daytona Beach, FL, who decommitted from Florida Monday, was also notified Monday by USC that they would no longer be recruiting him. "Coach Stockstill called me and said they had taken a commitment from a quarterback and they were only going to take one," Garner said. So, Garner's January 7th visit to USC has been canceled. He currently is scheduled to visit Ole Miss January 21st and Georgia Tech on the 28th though he expects to move both visits up.

Peoples Planning USC Visit

LB Marvin Peoples (6-2 227) of Apopka, FL was offered by the previous USC staff and is waiting to hear from the new staff if they will honor the offer. USC assistant John Hunt was by his school last week and picked up a tape of his senior season in which he compiled over 100 tackles with 3 sacks. Peoples said he's been asked by USC to keep January 21st open for an official visit, and he will do that. Peoples has visited West Virginia and will visit Central Florida January 7th, Kentucky or Iowa State on the 14th and Ole Miss on the 28th. He's a slight lean to USC because he has family in Columbia and Charleston.

Timmons Hears From USC

WR Knowledge Timmons (5-11 175) of York, PA is working on his final decision and hopes to make it Wednesday or Thursday. Tuesday night he was called by USC recruiter Steve Spurrier Jr. Timmons is also considering Boston College, Maryland, NC State and Minnesota. He says all the schools are still in the running and they're about even.

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USC Visits Lined Up:

#16 4-Star WR Slick Shelley 4.4/40 (1/7/05) This kid is 6-4 can you say TW?

NR 2-Star LB Marvin Peoples 4.67/40 (1/21/05)

#35 4-Star WR Eric Sledge 4.59/40 (1/21/05)

#23 3-Star TB Mike Ford 4.4/40 (1/14/05)

#63 3-Star CB Chris Singleton 4.40/40 (1/7/05)

NR 2-Star CB Jeremy Ware 4.42/40 (1/7/05)

NR 3-Star DE Keon Cooper 4.6/40 (1/14/05)

#66 3-Star LB Dakota Walker 4.5/40 (1/14/05)

#56 3-Star WR Jared Cook 4.6/40 (1/7/05

#31 3-Star LB Marvin Sapp 4.5/40 (1/14/05)

#38 3-Star LB Tavares Kearney 4.5/40 (1/7/05)

#37 3-Star DE Kerry Bonds 4.6/40 (1/14/05)

#29 3-Star OL Dwight Alexander 4.9/40 (1/14/05)

NR 3-Star S Yvan Banag 4.4/40 (1/14/05)

NR 3-Star DT Jarriel King 4.87/40 (1/14/05)

#13 3-Star OL Zane Bruhin 5.2/40 (Unknown at this time)

NR 2-Star CB E.J. Adams 4.5/40 (1/7/04)

#4 4-Star TE Jonathan Hannah 4.81/40 (1/14/05)

#41 3-Star WR T.J. Williams 4.6/40 (1/7/05)

NR 2-Star OL William Bergen 4.9/40 (1/7/05)

NR 2-Star LB Chris Clinton 4.5/40 (1/7/05)

#18 3-Star QB Jonathan Garner 4.98/40 (1/7/05)USC Cancelled Visit.

#25 3-Star OL Hivera Green 4.8/40 (1/7/05)

#46 3-Star DT Lemuel Jean-Pierre 5.19/40 (1/7/05)

#19 4-Star WR J.C. Neal 4.44/40 (1/7/05)

NR 3-Star WR Aaron Brown 4.4/40 (1/14/05)

NR 4-Star DE Bobby Jones 4.71/40 (1/14/05)

NR 3-Star DB Carl Teague 4.55/40 (1/14/05)

#3 3-Star K Ryan Succop (1/7/05) ALREADY COMMITTED TO USC

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Arkansas Receiver Strong On USC

WR Slick Shelley (6-4 195) of Fort Smith, AR says USC has moved to the front of his list along with Arkansas after he was contacted and offered by Gamecock assistant Madre Hill. "They are one of my top choices to choose from, them and Arkansas," Hill said. "My sophomore and junior year, they recruited me. Then after the coaching change, I didn't hear from them for a while. Then Coach Hill popped up at my school a week ago. Now they are going to throw the ball and they don't have many receivers. I want to go somewhere where I know I have a good chance of starting." Shelley expects to visit USC January 7th and Arkansas on the 14th. He is also scheduled to visit LSU January 21st and Tennessee on the 28th. This season Shelley caught 74 passes for 860 yards and 8 touchdowns. As a junior he had 62 catches for 873 yards and 16 scores.

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well if he is good enought for LSU and UT then he is good enough for me, I hope we get him!!

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well if he is good enought for LSU and UT then he is good enough for me, I hope we get him!!

He's a Troy Williamson clone!! 6-4, 195, 4.4/40

I updated the visits too! USC cancelled Garner's visit.

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I thought TW was only 6'2 or so....

Yep..he's 6-2, 200lbs and runs the 40 in 4.4

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TW is awesome, I'm gonna miss him, why did he have to leave....

Well with Syndey Rice and maybe one or all of these recruits, it will help with the loss.

I don't think Noah Whiteside has what it takes.

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Any Rec. Named Slick Gotta Be Good.

LOL!!! Hopefully he wasn't named after our former president. I mean...he is from Arkansas! :P

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TN OL Waiting On USC

OL Paul Edwards (6-6 305) of Mckenzie, TN has received four Division-1 offers from Mississippi State, Memphis, Vanderbilt, and USC. As it stands right now, his top two are Memphis and Vandy, but he is waiting to hear from USC. Edwards was offered by the Gamecocks previous staff, and he said he never thought he would hear from USC once Steve Spurrier was named head coach. "I didn't hear anything for a while, and low and behold last Sunday night the new offensive line coach (John Hunt) called me and he said he wanted to see film on me so he and coach Spurrier could evaluate it," Edwards said. Edwards says he is really considering staying in state, but he's not ruling out the Gamecocks just yet. "Right now I'm leaning towards staying in state because it would be easier on me and my family. But I am interested to see what coach Spurrier has to say about me." Edwards took an official visit to Memphis Dec. 10th, and has a tentative visit set to Vanderbilt on Jan. 21st, if they don't fulfill their numbers by then.

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McClellan Names USC Favorite

USC has moved to the lead with one of the nation's top unsigned junior college prospects. WR Julius McClellan (6-4 226) of Coahoama JC, MS said Tuesday the Gamecocks are now his leader over Mississippi State. "They throw the ball," McClellan said about the reason USC is #1. "Their lead is big." McClellan said he met with Gamecock recruiter Steve Spurrier Jr. at his school a couple of weeks ago. He will visit USC January 14th. McClellan has visited Texas A&M and will visit Alabama January 7th and Mississippi State January 21st. This season he had 40 catches, 14 going for touchdowns. He also plays defensive and said Spurrier Jr. told him he might also play on that side of the ball at USC. McClellan will graduate in May and have four years to play three. He's a native of Lakeland, FL.

THIS GUY IS A 5-STAR WR THAT WANTS TO COME TO USC.

http://rivals100.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?pr_key=31321

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As of 12/21/05

#5 5-Star WR Julius McClellan 4.4/40 (1/14/05) STRONG LEAD OVER MS STATE!!

#16 4-Star WR Slick Shelley 4.4/40 (1/7/05) This kid is 6-4 can you say TW?

NR 2-Star LB Marvin Peoples 4.67/40 (1/21/05)

#35 4-Star WR Eric Sledge 4.59/40 (1/21/05)

#23 3-Star TB Mike Ford 4.4/40 (1/14/05)

#63 3-Star CB Chris Singleton 4.40/40 (1/7/05)

NR 2-Star CB Jeremy Ware 4.42/40 (1/7/05)

NR 3-Star DE Keon Cooper 4.6/40 (1/14/05)

#66 3-Star LB Dakota Walker 4.5/40 (1/14/05)

#56 3-Star WR Jared Cook 4.6/40 (1/7/05

#31 3-Star LB Marvin Sapp 4.5/40 (1/14/05)

#38 3-Star LB Tavares Kearney 4.5/40 (1/7/05)

#37 3-Star DE Kerry Bonds 4.6/40 (1/14/05)

#29 3-Star OL Dwight Alexander 4.9/40 (1/14/05)

NR 3-Star S Yvan Banag 4.4/40 (1/14/05)

NR 3-Star DT Jarriel King 4.87/40 (1/14/05)

#13 3-Star OL Zane Bruhin 5.2/40 (Unknown at this time)

NR 2-Star CB E.J. Adams 4.5/40 (1/7/04)

#4 4-Star TE Jonathan Hannah 4.81/40 (1/14/05)

#41 3-Star WR T.J. Williams 4.6/40 (1/7/05)

NR 2-Star OL William Bergen 4.9/40 (1/7/05)

NR 2-Star LB Chris Clinton 4.5/40 (1/7/05)

#18 3-Star QB Jonathan Garner 4.98/40 (1/7/05)USC Cancelled Visit.

#25 3-Star OL Hivera Green 4.8/40 (1/7/05)

#46 3-Star DT Lemuel Jean-Pierre 5.19/40 (1/7/05)

#19 4-Star WR J.C. Neal 4.44/40 (1/7/05)

NR 3-Star WR Aaron Brown 4.4/40 (1/14/05)

NR 4-Star DE Bobby Jones 4.71/40 (1/14/05)

NR 3-Star DB Carl Teague 4.55/40 (1/14/05)

#3 3-Star K Ryan Succop (1/7/05) ALREADY COMMITTED TO USC

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Shrine Bowl WR Says USC Leads

WR Brandon Woods (6-2 205) of Durham, NC played in the Shrine Bowl last week in Spartanburg and might be back in the Palmetto State full time next season. Woods is down to USC and Virginia and says the Gamecocks lead for him. "Just having an awesome coach in Steve Spurrier and throwing the ball, and being able to win games and a possible bowl game," were reasons Woods stated for favoring USC. He will visit USC January 14th and Virginia on the 21st. He said USC has not officially offered but expects an offer to be made. "If they offer, I'll consider committing," Woods said. He has also drawn interest from Virginia Tech and Tennessee. This season Woods had 25 catches for 600 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Florida TE High On USC

TE William Bergen (6-4 250) of Tampa will make an official visit to USC in January and right now he has the Gamecocks and Iowa State tied for #1 on his list. Bergen says several things standout for him when thinking of USC. "They are pretty good in engineering," he said. "The atmosphere up there is great. I went to a couple of games. I can't wait to come on my visit. Coach Spurrier is coming to visit January 3rd. That's going to be exciting. Bergen has visited Pittsburgh. He will visit Iowa State January 14th and Purdue January 21st. He's looking at Illinois for a fifth visit. Bergen played mostly offensive tackle this season but he's being recruiting for tight end.

Owens Planning USC Visit

WR Rod Owens (6-1 175) of Jacksonville has an offer from USC but hasn't heard from the Gamecocks in a couple of weeks. Still, he expects to make an official visit to USC in January. He has visited Maryland and will visit Florida State January 7th. All three have offered. Owens can also play cornerback and safety.

Arkansas WR To Visit USC

New USC running backs coach Madre Hill has found another receiver from Arkansas who is interested in checking out the Gamecocks. Jamar Love (6-1 187) of North Little Rock will make an official visit to USC January 7th. Love has already visited Arkansas and Ole Miss according to his mother. He is also looking at Rice and Oklahoma State for possible visits.

USC Checking Film Of GA Back

RB Jonathan Armstrong (5-11 195) of Savannah was highly regarded by Lou Holtz's staff at USC. It remains to be seen if Steve Spurrier's staff feels the same way. Armstrong said he talked last weekend with Steve Spurrier Jr. and sent tape to the USC football office Tuesday. Armstrong expects USC to get back to him by the end of the week. Armstrong currently has offers from Savannah STate and Georgia Southern. He's also hearing from Georgia Tech and Central Florida. This season he rushed for 802 yards and 8 touchdowns after being limited to just six games due to a high ankle sprain.

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Visits as of 12/22/04:

#34 3-Star WR Brandon Woods 4.59/40 (1/14/05)

NR 3-Star OL/TE William Bergen 4.9/40 (1/3/05) IN-HOME VISIT

#44 3-Star WR Rod Owens 4.4/40 (1/14/05)

#33 3-Star CB/WR Jamar Love 4.5/40 (1/7/05)

NR 2-Star TB Jonathan Armstrong 4.6/40 (Expecting to set-up a visit this week)

#5 5-Star WR Julius McClellan 4.4/40 (1/14/05) STRONG LEAD OVER MS STATE!!

#16 4-Star WR Slick Shelley 4.4/40 (1/7/05) This kid is 6-4 can you say TW?

NR 2-Star LB Marvin Peoples 4.67/40 (1/21/05)

#35 4-Star WR Eric Sledge 4.59/40 (1/21/05)

#23 3-Star TB Mike Ford 4.4/40 (1/14/05)

#63 3-Star CB Chris Singleton 4.40/40 (1/7/05)

NR 2-Star CB Jeremy Ware 4.42/40 (1/7/05)

NR 3-Star DE Keon Cooper 4.6/40 (1/14/05)

#66 3-Star LB Dakota Walker 4.5/40 (1/14/05)

#56 3-Star WR Jared Cook 4.6/40 (1/7/05

#31 3-Star LB Marvin Sapp 4.5/40 (1/14/05)

#38 3-Star LB Tavares Kearney 4.5/40 (1/7/05)

#37 3-Star DE Kerry Bonds 4.6/40 (1/14/05)

#29 3-Star OL Dwight Alexander 4.9/40 (1/14/05)

NR 3-Star S Yvan Banag 4.4/40 (1/14/05)

NR 3-Star DT Jarriel King 4.87/40 (1/14/05)

#13 3-Star OL Zane Bruhin 5.2/40 (Unknown at this time)

NR 2-Star CB E.J. Adams 4.5/40 (1/7/04)

#4 4-Star TE Jonathan Hannah 4.81/40 (1/14/05)

#41 3-Star WR T.J. Williams 4.6/40 (1/7/05)

NR 2-Star OL William Bergen 4.9/40 (1/7/05)

NR 2-Star LB Chris Clinton 4.5/40 (1/7/05)

#18 3-Star QB Jonathan Garner 4.98/40 (1/7/05)USC Cancelled Visit.

#25 3-Star OL Hivera Green 4.8/40 (1/7/05)

#46 3-Star DT Lemuel Jean-Pierre 5.19/40 (1/7/05)

#19 4-Star WR J.C. Neal 4.44/40 (1/7/05)

NR 3-Star WR Aaron Brown 4.4/40 (1/14/05)

NR 4-Star DE Bobby Jones 4.71/40 (1/14/05)

NR 3-Star DB Carl Teague 4.55/40 (1/14/05)

#3 3-Star K Ryan Succop (1/7/05) ALREADY COMMITTED TO USC

How about that list?

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As of 12/21/05

#5 5-Star WR Julius McClellan 4.4/40 (1/14/05) STRONG LEAD OVER MS STATE!!

#16 4-Star WR Slick Shelley 4.4/40 (1/7/05) This kid is 6-4 can you say TW?

NR 2-Star LB Marvin Peoples 4.67/40 (1/21/05)

#35 4-Star WR Eric Sledge 4.59/40 (1/21/05)

#23 3-Star TB Mike Ford 4.4/40 (1/14/05)

#63 3-Star CB Chris Singleton 4.40/40 (1/7/05)

NR 2-Star CB Jeremy Ware 4.42/40 (1/7/05)

NR 3-Star DE Keon Cooper 4.6/40 (1/14/05)

#66 3-Star LB Dakota Walker 4.5/40 (1/14/05)

#56 3-Star WR Jared Cook 4.6/40 (1/7/05

#31 3-Star LB Marvin Sapp 4.5/40 (1/14/05)

#38 3-Star LB Tavares Kearney 4.5/40 (1/7/05)

#37 3-Star DE Kerry Bonds 4.6/40 (1/14/05)

#29 3-Star OL Dwight Alexander 4.9/40 (1/14/05)

NR 3-Star S Yvan Banag 4.4/40 (1/14/05)

NR 3-Star DT Jarriel King 4.87/40 (1/14/05)

#13 3-Star OL Zane Bruhin 5.2/40 (Unknown at this time)

NR 2-Star CB E.J. Adams 4.5/40 (1/7/04)

#4 4-Star TE Jonathan Hannah 4.81/40 (1/14/05)

#41 3-Star WR T.J. Williams 4.6/40 (1/7/05)

NR 2-Star OL William Bergen 4.9/40 (1/7/05)

NR 2-Star LB Chris Clinton 4.5/40 (1/7/05)

#18 3-Star QB Jonathan Garner 4.98/40 (1/7/05)USC Cancelled Visit.

#25 3-Star OL Hivera Green 4.8/40 (1/7/05)

#46 3-Star DT Lemuel Jean-Pierre 5.19/40 (1/7/05)

#19 4-Star WR J.C. Neal 4.44/40 (1/7/05)

NR 3-Star WR Aaron Brown 4.4/40 (1/14/05)

NR 4-Star DE Bobby Jones 4.71/40 (1/14/05)

NR 3-Star DB Carl Teague 4.55/40 (1/14/05)

#3 3-Star K Ryan Succop (1/7/05) ALREADY COMMITTED TO USC

Hey man, that's an impressive list. Since it is a numbers game, I wonder what percentage of these guys will sign (there seems to be a larger than usual percentage of quality receivers on the list-----hmmm, now why would that be? LOL)

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Hey man, that's an impressive list. Since it is a numbers game, I wonder what percentage of these guys will sign (there seems to be a larger than usual percentage of quality receivers on the list-----hmmm, now why would that be? LOL)

That's the list as of 12/21/04??? Not 12/22/04!

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jesus, a week ago it looked like we might only have a top 50 class, but damn, unbelivable that this is my team, finally all the years of sucking are over, look at those recruits!! We could have a top 10 class in Spurriers first class!! Definately a possibility now if we can sign some of these guys, good to be a cock fan, each day the list gets better and better and the interest higher and higher! Last week Clemson fans were saying it couldn't be done on such short notice, it can when you have SOS as coach and Nix/Thompson as coach, what a great staff we have....

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jesus, a week ago it looked like we might only have a top 50 class, but damn, unbelivable that this is my team, finally all the years of sucking are over, look at those recruits!! We could have a top 10 class in Spurriers first class!! Definately a possibility now if we can sign some of these guys, good to be a cock fan, each day the list gets better and better and the interest higher and higher! Last week Clemson fans were saying it couldn't be done on such short notice, it can when you have SOS as coach and Nix/Thompson as coach, what a great staff we have....

I find it hard to believe to. Keep in mind Mr. Spurrier has been on the job 1 month. If Ole Miss fans want to see what REAL talent looks like, they need to look at this.

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