The numbers don't sound very gaudy for one of the nation's top prospects, but John Curtis Christian coach J.T. Curtis said take a closer look.
Sure, his prized player, running back Joe McKnight, only rushed for 709 yards as a senior. But he scored 14 touchdowns. And he did it on just 45 attempts.
Now quick, do the math.
"It's right at 15 (yards a carry)," Curtis said. "When we got up in games, Joe was out of the game. He played on a team that was talented and had other good players."
McKnight also caught 24 passes for 735 yards and 13 touchdowns. He averaged 30 yards a reception. In all, McKnight averaged more than 20 yards every time he touched the ball for the New Orleans school.
Ole Miss doesn't need a calculator to gauge its interest during the final month of recruiting. The Rebels, like other elite programs, want his signature on a national letter of intent on Feb. 7.
Ole Miss kicks off recruiting's final month by hosting one of the nation's elite prospects this weekend. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound McKnight is rated No. 1 in the nation by ESPN.com. He's also rated No. 4 by Scout.com and has drawn comparisons to players like New Orleans Saints all-purpose back Reggie Bush and Ohio State's Ted Ginn Jr.
"He's a difference-maker with the ball in his hands or on the other side of the ball," said Scott Kennedy, recruiting analyst for Scout.com. "His size, speed and athleticism is something we saw this year in Teddy Ginn, Jr. ... (Ohio State) got the ball in his hands and used him in as many ways possible. (McKnight) is a very, very similar type of prospect."
The Rebels are on a list that includes big-time suitors like Southern California, LSU, Texas and Notre Dame. Ole Miss is his first trip this month and will be followed by official visits to USC, LSU and Arkansas.
But is McKnight's interest in Ole Miss sincere? Curtis said it is because of his familiarity with Ole Miss running backs coach Frank Wilson, who was a long-time high school coach in New Orleans. There's also a connection with Orgeron, who recruited Louisiana when he was an assistant at USC.
Kennedy believes USC is the leader for McKnight but said "any time you can get them to campus you've got a shot." The publicity will help Ole Miss, which currently has 27 oral commitments, either way.
"It brings a lot to the program," Kennedy said. "Even if you don't get him, there's a bunch of people that say, 'Well, heck, Joe is looking at them. That's a good thing.'"
But make no mistake, the Rebels want McKnight to come to Ole Miss.
Curtis said the running back - who can also play cornerback or safety - probably won't make any decision until close to signing day. But he could take as many as five trips in the next four weeks and will make a splash wherever he lands.
"He's looking forward to it," Curtis said. "It will be his first trip, so he's obviously a little anxious. We sat and talked about the things he needs to be observant of and what to look for and I think he'll do a good job of that."
Here is a list of Ole MIss Signees & Committments:
Cerritos (Calif.) CC
Independence (Kan.) CC
New Orleans McDonogh
Compton (Calif.) CC
Compton (Calif.) CC
Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
Ft. Smith (Ark.) Northside
College of the Sequoias (Calif.)
Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern
Northwest Mississippi CC
Monroe (La.) Richwood
New Market (Ala.) Buckhorn
Columbia (Tenn.) Central
Monroe (La.) Carroll
New Orleans O. Perry Walker
Winter Park (Fla.)
Decatur (Ga.) Southwest Dekalb