November 12, 2008

Season going according to plan for Lampley

Tracy Lampley figured it would take awhile for his recruiting to heat up.

His size _ 5-foot-9, 170-pounds _ has always prompted skepticism about his ability to handle the rigors of big-time football.

The athlete from Waynesboro, Miss., didn't worry about the lack of attention. Instead, he focused on his senior season, knowing that if he did what he was capable of doing on the field, the interest from college recruiters would come.

It appears that Lampley was right. Waynesboro is 11-0 going into Friday's second-round playoff game against Picayune, and just as planned, the interest from college recruiters is picking up.

Ole Miss wide receivers coach Ron Dickerson Jr., has been contacting Lampley regularly recently, Lampley said Tuesday night, and the Rebels have certainly piqued the speedster's interest.

They're just telling me that they've been hearing a lot about me, that I'm an electrifying player and they're excited about me," Lampley said.

Lampley had planned to attend Ole Miss' 17-7 win over Auburn on Nov. 1 but something came up. He's tentatively planning to take an unofficial visit to the Egg Bowl on Nov. 28 in Oxford. Mississippi State has already offered Lampley, but the trip to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium would be to check out the Rebels.

"I think they have a good coaching staff up there," Lampley said. "They're still in the learning phase and the games they lost were close. It's going to take time to get used to the offense and a new head coach but they've got a good program."

In addition to Mississippi State, Lampley said he has scholarship offers from Southern Miss, UAB and Alcorn State. However, he said he has no leader and is in no rush to make a decision. Instead, he's hoping to extend his high school career by a few more weeks. Waynesboro uses Lampley as a running back, wide receiver, kick returner and punt returner, "sort of like Ole Miss uses (Dexter) McCluster," Lampley said.

Despite missing two games due to an injury, Lampley has 1,025 yards and 16 touchdowns rushing while adding 27 receptions for 385 yards and three more TDs.

"I can make people miss in space," Lampley said. "I can make those big plays when we really need them. I think I'm exciting to watch. Some people say I'm on the same level as Reggie Bush when he was in high school."

Lampley, who has a 3.1 grade-point average and a 16 on the ACT (he recently took the standardized test a second time but has yet to receive the results), said if Ole Miss offered a scholarship, the Rebels would be difficult to beat.

"They'd be at the top," Lampley said. "I'm from Mississippi and they're the University of Mississippi. I'll go outside the state if I have to. I'm going to give everybody a fair chance. Whatever makes me and my family happy, that's what I'll go with."

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