According to Alex Dale, a 2012 defensive back from Memphis (Tenn.) University School, Ole Miss spotted him by chance last fall.
"I was told [the Rebels] were at one of my games to check out another receiver on the team that we were playing," Dale said. "I ended up covering him that game, and just had a good game."
Soon after, Ole Miss became the first school to extend the 5-foot-10, 175-pounder an offer. Once that happened, Oxford, Miss., became a regular weekend destination for Dale.
"I went down there to most of their games [in 2010]," Dale said. "I think I went to four of them. It's great, just how loud the fans were, how pumped they'd get on the sidelines. I went to most of the big games. Auburn and Mississippi State - those games were really rowdy."
To date, Ole Miss remains the only program to have offered. However, Arkansas, which passed through his school recently, Duke, Illinois, Memphis, Penn State and Southern Miss are showing interest, according to Dale.
"Ole Miss is probably in the lead right now," Dale said. "The program is doing good. [The Rebels] had a down year [last season], but they really didn't have much to work with. It looks like they're going to be back."
In high school, Dale plays both cornerback and safety. Given his size, he expects to be a corner at the next level, but "if I grow a little more, I could play safety."
Last year, Dale took part in a Nike combine in Atlanta and camped at Tennessee. Now, he expects to have a busy spring and summer in 2011.
"I'm planning on going to junior day at Arkansas," Dale said. "That's Feb. 5."