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Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Rebels looking for strong finish

By Chris Low
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

The way you finish in recruiting often times defines that particular class.

With that in mind, Ole Miss is closing with a flourish, picking up a commitment from two-way lineman Corey Gaines of Tallahassee, Fla., on Monday. Gaines was the Rebels' fifth commitment since last Saturday.

The 6-foot, 274-pound Gaines was down to Auburn and Ole Miss, and was also being heavily recruited by Arkansas. He projects as a defensive tackle for the Rebels but can also play on the offensive line, as evidenced by the fact he spent most of his high school career at guard.

Ole Miss' haul the last few days includes receiver Ja-Mes Logan of Houston, tight end Zaccheus Mason of Nashville and linebackers D.T. Shackelford of Decatur, Ala., and Joel Kight of Lithonia, Ga.

Key targets Houston Nutt and the Rebels are still waiting on are quarterback Raymond Cotton of Fort Meade, Md., receiver Patrick Patterson of Macon, Miss., and offensive tackle Bobby Massie of Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy.

This is Nutt's first full year of recruiting at Ole Miss, and there's obviously some momentum coming off the 9-4 season. The Rebels' class is ranked 25th nationally at this point by ESPN's Scouts Inc.