December 3, 2008
Mississippi 4-star athlete updates status
One of the top uncommitted prospects in Mississippi is Louisville athlete Dennis Thames.
Thames, a 5-foot-11, 175 pound athlete with 4.4 speed is being recruited by several major colleges, but his choice of destination remains a mystery due to a low-key approach to recruiting.
"Recruiting is going well," Thames said on Tuesday evening. "But, I really haven't gotten into it yet because my focus has been on winning. I want to win a state championship."
Thames' Louisville team faces Tylertown this weekend for the state championship.
Thames currently has offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Michigan, Auburn, and Southern Miss. He said he also received an offer from Alabama about two weeks ago.
While Thames has an impressive offer list and professes that he's wide open, the three main players for Thames' services are thought to be Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Michigan.
While it might be assumed that State lost some ground with Thames with last week's resignation of head coach Sylvester Croom, the Bulldogs apparently remain in good shape.
"Mississippi State is still recruiting me," Thames said. "In fact, they're probably recruiting me the hardest of any school. I'm just going to wait and see who comes in. I expect them to bring in someone who can turn it around and I definitely want to meet the new coach before I make a decision."
Ole Miss also remains in the hunt for Thames with Rebel assistant Derrick Nix recently scouting one of Louisville's games.
From the three schools that appear to have an inside track for Thames, he offered the following thoughts about each school ..
Ole Miss: "They have a lot of things going for them. Coach (Houston) Nutt is a good coach and all the coaches I've been around are friendly. I've also been around several of the players and I really like them. When I went up there (for Ole Miss' senior camp in July), I felt like I really fit in."
Mississippi State: "It's close to home and I can come home from there just about anytime I want. It's a good football program, but it offers more than just about football. I know a lot of people up there."
Michigan: "I went up there and absolutely fell in love with it. But, I it a long way from home."
Inside track - not really inside
When Louisville teammate Clayton Moore committed to Ole Miss, erroneous reports and rumors immediately surfaced that suggested Moore would influence Thames to join him at Ole Miss, but Thames denied that possibility.
"I'm going to do what is best for me," Thames said. "Clay can't make my decision. We're close, we're good friends, but it's not like we are brothers. I mean my mom or my uncle may want me to go to (a certain school), but they are not the ones who are going. They are not the ones who are going to have to be there, it's my decision because I'm the one that's going."
Ironically, reports surfaced last weekend that Moore had been dismissed from his Louisville team after an on-field incident with his coach and that Ole Miss had rescinded its scholarship offer.
"I don't know what to say about that," Thames said. "All I'll say is that he's a good kid."
In the meantime, Thames' recruiting is expected to pick up after he finishes his high school career on the gridiron.
"After the season, I'll get involved in recruiting and set up some visits," he said. "By then, State should have decided on a head coach and I'll be making visits in January.
He indicated that Ole Miss will also likely be one of his destinations on an official visit.
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