January 3, 2008

Marr gets call from Southern Miss

Last Thursday, Northwest C.C. defensive back Demareo Marr missed a call from Tony Hughes, who was calling in to check on the Ole Miss commitment.

On Monday, when Marr returned Hughes' call, he discovered that Hughes is now recruiting him for Southern Miss.

Hughes was interviewed for a position with Southern Miss on Dec. 28 and was announced on Wednesday as the new secondary coach for new Eagle head coach Larry Fedora.

Hughes, a Rivals.com Top 25 recruiter in 2006 for Ole Miss, has wasted no time putting his talent to work for Fedora.

According to Marr, Hughes already has official visits set for former Ole Miss commitments Alonzo Horton and Daniel Thomas. He also has a visit set for another top target, at least under the former staff, in former Auburn linebacker Patrick Trahan who played with Marr, Thomas, and Horton last fall at Northwest C.C. Trahan was recently selected by the NJCAA as a second-team All-American.

"Coach Hughes called and told me he's now recruiting for Southern Miss and wanted to know if I'd be interested in taking an official visit," Marr said on Wednesday. "He said he didn't want it to look like he was raiding the Ole Miss commitment list, but he was just checking to see if I'd be interested."

"I told him I'd take a visit," Marr said. "I had a good relationship with coach Hughes - with all the (former) Ole Miss coaches, and I feel I owe it to him to at least take a visit."

While Hughes is now in pursuit of Marr for Southern Miss, the new Ole Miss coaches have also been recruiting the 6-foot-2, 190 pound cornerback.

"I've talked with coach (Kim) Dameron," Marr said. "He wanted me to stay committed and said they'd set up a date for an official visit when the entire staff gets to Oxford which I think is around Jan. 7."

I'm still committed to Ole Miss," Marr said. "The coaches said my offer is still good."

Marr said that while Hughes was recruiting him for Ole Miss, he was told that he was the No. 1 prospect they are recruiting out of junior college that they felt could come in and play right away in the secondary."

Marr was not recruited coming out of DeSoto Central High School in 2006 and signed with Northwest C.C.

"I was playing at a new high school and just got passed over during recruiting," Marr said.

As a freshman, Marr played in seven games at Northwest, starting one. In those seven games, Marr recorded 13 tackles and had two pass breakups.

However, last year at the Northwest C.C. spring game, he grabbed the attention of Ole Miss coaches while playing cover corner and was offered a scholarship shortly afterwards. He committed to Ole Miss in late June shortly after taking an unofficial visit.

According to the Northwest C.C. official stats, Marr played in only eight games last fall, starting three and had only nine tackles and one unassisted pass break up while Trahan had 92 tackles and Horton 82.

Marr says he's on track to graduate in May.

"I made C's or better in all the main courses," Marr said. "I did have a D in Art Appreciation."

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