October 7, 2007

Blount loves unofficial visit to Ole Miss

It hasn't been easy for the state's top junior college running back to make a trip to Oxford.

East Mississippi's LaGarrett Blount has been trying to get to Oxford for an unofficial visit for some time; he finally made it Saturday to watch the Rebels play Louisiana Tech.

"It was great," Blount said Saturday night on his cell phone on the way back home. "It was much more than I ever expected. I loved the atmosphere, the coaches, and the facilities were unbelievable."

Blount almost committed to the Rebels this past summer but the former Auburn signee wants to make sure of his next choice.

"I don't want to make a rash decision," Blount said. "I love it at Ole Miss; right now they are by far my favorite."

Blount was glad to finally meet the coaches he talks to so much over the phone.

"It was great to put faces with their voices," Blount said. "They were awesome; I got to meet all of them. They were definitely glad to see me."

According to Blount, the Ole Miss Coaches are telling him that they are looking for a big back with speed and that Blount fits that mold.

"They want a back that can win the one on one battles with a corner in the SEC and take it to the house," Blount said. "They said they would love for me to carry the ball 20-25 times a game."

Blount set up his official visit to Oxford this past week, he will be taking that trip on November 30.

"I will make a decision shortly after that," Blount said. "I will graduate in December and I'm ready to get to the next level of my career. It's been a long time getting Division 1, but it's been worth the wait."

Blount got the opportunity Saturday to take a quick campus tour and saw the Grove.

"It was great," Blount said. "I loved how nice everyone was. It felt like home. I definitely could see myself playing there for the next two years."

Blount, a 6-foot-2, 235-pound runner with 4.4 forty speed, rushed for over 1,260 yards and 16 touchdowns in only seven ballgames for the Lions last fall. He earned First team All-State honors from the Mississippi Junior College Association.

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