Before missing his entire junior season, wide receiver Dannon Cavil was turning heads and reeling in the offers.
Following his sophomore year at Lake Travis Baylor and Clemson extended scholarships. Then Cavil transferred from Lake Travis to San Antonio Madison where injuries kept him on the sidelines.
Even though he was on the sidelines, the college interest remained strong for the 6-5, 205-pound standout. The SEC came calling with South Carolina, Mississippi State, and Ole Miss extending scholarships. There was also an offer from California, and he visited both Oklahoma and Texas Tech.
In early March after an unofficial visit to Oxford, Miss., Cavil decided he was ready to make his decision.
"Coach (Hugh) Freeze sold himself," Cavil told RebelGrove.com at the time of his commitment. "He told me to pick the school that is best for me, and I came back and told him I'd seen everything I needed to see. It's where I want to be."
With his decision made, Cavil focused his energy on preparing for his senior season. Since he missed his junior year he had a point to prove. Make that points to prove. His play has done all the talking necessary as Cavil has 18 receptions for 459 yards and 5 TDs through 8 games in 2012.
"It feels great," Cavil said. "I truly am blessed especially after having to watch my team go through the year without me. I'm just blessed and thankful. A lot in this year has proven to myself, my colleges, scouts, everybody that I'm back and I can compete with the best of them."
College coaches continue to look his way. Earlier this fall he took an official visit to Cal, and a couple of new SEC programs have expressed an interest.
"Like LSU and Alabama, no offers yet but we'll see," Cavil said.
Cavil does not deny the new interest has caught his eye, but he remains committed to the Ole Miss Rebels.
"I'm just weighing all of my options and making sure I'm making the best decision for the next course of my life," Cavil said. "That's why I'm keeping my options open but I am committed to Ole Miss."
Cavil plans to visit Ole Miss for the Vanderbilt game on November 10, At this time that is the only trip he has scheduled.