January 19, 2008

JUCO TE commits to Ole Miss

Ole Miss has added its second tight end to the 2008 recruiting class.

The Rebels signed JUCO tight end Gerald Harris during the early signing period in December and added Santa Barbara C.C. Calif. tight end Dudley LaPortethis week.

"I committed a couple of days ago," LaPorte said late Saturday evening. "I called coach (Houston) Nutt and told him I was committing."

"I felt most comfortable at Ole Miss," LaPorte said. "It's what I needed to make that decision."

LaPorte had taken an official visit to Ole Miss last November for the LSU game and is not one of the 25 or so prospects that the Rebels are hosting this weekend.

Nutt reportedly recently made an in-home visit with LaPorte.

LaPorte said he expects to graduate in May and enroll in Ole Miss during the summer. Harris, as an early signee, has already enrolled at Ole Miss and will go through spring practice with the Rebels.

LaPorte had said earlier that the Rebels' signing of Harris would not impact his decision because they "are two different types of tight ends."

LaPorte, a 6-foot-4, 240 pound prospect with 4.55 speed in the 40 yard dash is originally from Stratford, Conn.

Dudley caught 35 passes for 850 yards and was named All-State and played in the Connecticut and Rhode Island All-Star game out of high school.

While he was recruited by several schools including Boston College out of high school, he ended up at Milford Academy, a prep schol in New Berlin, New York, in 2006 where he had 12 catches for 358 receiving yards and five touchdown receptions.

LaPorte said that he expects to be used mostly as a receiving tight end at Ole Miss.

The Rebels lost tight ends Robert Lane and Robert Hough from last year's team and also have a commitment from Memphis tight end Jamal Mosley.

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