March 13, 2009

Eulls 'getting hang of' recruiting process

Kaleb Eulls spent his Thursday afternoon at baseball practice.

Eulls hadn't played organized baseball prior to this spring, but the first baseman/left fielder wanted to give it a shot.

Why not? Eulls plays everything else, and seemingly every time, the Yazoo City (Yazoo County), Miss., defensive end excels.

Eulls, a 6-foot-4, 245-pounder with 4.6-second speed in the 40-yard dash, earned a spot on the Rivals 100 earlier this week, starting out at No. 55, just a handful of spots behind Mississippi's top-rated recruit, Olive Branch offensive tackle Damien Robinson.

"It's going good," Eulls said regarding his recruiting. "I'm getting the hang of it."

He is indeed. Eulls added a fifth scholarship offer on Thursday when LSU joined the race for his signature.

"LSU is a team that is known nationwide," Eulls said. "It was a shock. It was breathtaking."

Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Alabama have already offered scholarships. Tennessee, Auburn and Michigan have expressed serious interest. Eulls has attended junior days in Starkville and Tuscaloosa, and he'll make the short trip to Hattiesburg this weekend. He said he's planning to make the two-hour drive to Oxford next month to see one of Ole Miss' spring practices.

"They all have my attention," Eulls said. "I'm still wide open. This is still kind of new to me. I'm just wanting to get to know the coaches and see how I can help out."

Eulls said he's been impressed by Ole Miss running backs coach Derrick Nix, who recruits central Mississippi for the Rebels.

"I want to talk to him more and get to know him more," Eulls said. "Ole Miss is starting out pretty good. I missed their junior day, but I want to visit the school. They're playing big-time football and they look good to me."

Yazoo County coach Matt Williams said he's played Eulls at defensive end, tight end, quarterback, linebacker and fullback during the past two seasons, though Eulls said he's most comfortable at defensive end and tight end.

"He can play pretty much anything," Williams said. "To have a kid with his ability plus his work ethic is pretty special. He doesn't need much motivation. He's one we look to as a top leader on our team. It's special to see how everyone follows him."

Regarding Eulls' future plans, Williams said he believes his star player will make some in-state school quite happy next February.

"Talking with Kaleb, he hasn't been out much," Eulls said. "He hasn't had the luxury of travel much. I think being close to home will be a big selling point. I will be shocked if he goes out of state, to be honest with you. He's real big on staying close to home. He's big on the academic part, too. He's a real sharp kid."

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