March 5, 2008

Louisiana RB now looking at other schools

Waggaman, La. running back Payten Jason[/db[ committed to Ole Miss on Mar. 19, 2007, but the coaching change at Ole Miss has left his future as a Rebel in doubt.

"I still love Ole Miss," Jason said Monday night. "But I've got to do what's best for me. I will be looking at other SEC schools, any school. Just looking."

For now, it appears that Jason is no longer committed to the Rebels, but he remains interested in Ole Miss and could be offered at some point in the future by the new Rebel staff.

However, the lack of contact and interest by the staff has resulted in him re-opening his recruitment.

One thing going against Jason is that run-oriented new head coach Houston Nutt has loaded up at the running back position.

On Saturday, he got his first commitment for 2009 - another running back - in West Helena, Ark. prospect [db]Turrell Williams.

Williams joins a long list that includes five-star Enrique Davis, who signed last month out of Hargrave Military Academy; Devin Thomas, a US Army All-American Bowl selectee, Brandon Bolden, another outstanding looking back on film; and [/db]H.R. Greer, who is expected to compete at fullback.

That doesn't even take into account the Rebels' returning running backs, like former four-star junior Cordera Eason and former UCLA signee Jeremy McGee, who is eligible after sitting out last fall. Others include Derrick Davis and Reggie Hicks.

Jason, 6-foot, 190 pounds, says his top five are Ole Miss - who remains his number one choice - then Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, and Kentucky.

Jason did not attend junior day at Ole Miss last weekend, but will trip to Auburn for junior day this weekend and then try to visit Ole Miss for the spring game on Apr. 12.

He said he'll also camp this summer at Alabama, Auburn and at Ole Miss.

While Jason is looking at other teams, he still doesn't have any additional offers coming his way, with the lone offer being from the previous staff at Ole Miss.

Jason finished up his junior season after playing through a couple of injuries that resulted him seeing action in only five games. He first suffered and played some with a deep bone bruise in his ankle and then broke his collarbone.

In the five games, he still picked up 500 yards and had ten touchdowns.

Despite the limited action, he drew an invitation to attend the junior combine at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio last month.

"I the the fact that I don't have any offers is the lack of playing time as a junior," he said.

When it comes to picking a school, he said that he'll be looking at coaches and the way they operate their program, wanting to join a good team with a coach that can win consistently.

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