Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson junior Joshua Parris on Tuesday said there were two significant developments in his recruitment.
1. He no longer is committed to South Florida, the program he pledged to a few weeks ago.
2. Ole Miss is now his leader.
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Why the changes?
Addressing the first part, Parris said there was some miscommunication with USF following his commitment to the Bulls.
"After I committed, they told me they wanted me to play fullback after I thought I was going in as a tight end," Parris said. "I've been playing tight end my whole career. It's a really good school. There's nothing really wrong with that. I can play fullback still. But I want to see more schools and see what they want from me. I'm just keeping my options open."
Last week, Parris, who claims seven offers, visited Ole Miss. And during his trip, he heard a lot of things he liked from the Rebels.
"I enjoyed it a lot," Parris said. "When I went down there, the coaching staff welcomed me like I was already going to school there. I like everything at the school. Everything is close. You don't have much traveling to do. And they have my major (business). It's a really good football team. The coaches explained to me what they wanted me to do beforehand. I have a good relationship with the coaches."
While the Rebels lead, the Bulls are still in the picture, Parris said. For that matter, though, so are a few other programs.
"I'm going to visit Boston College, Vanderbilt and Louisville," he said. "I don't think I'm going to [visit USF]. I want to visit other schools that want me to play tight end first. Then I may visit some other schools."
The trip to Vanderbilt most likely will take place next weekend. Parris hopes to finalize his college plans by July.