Ole Miss picked up its third commit on Monday, as ESPNU 150 Watch List receiver Dannon Cavil (San Antonio/Madison) gave his verbal commitment to the Rebels.
Cavil, a big receiver at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, told Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze personally that he wanted to be a part of the change Freeze is anticipating. Cavil chose Ole Miss over offers from Baylor, Cal, Clemson and South Carolina. Arizona State, Boise State and Arkansas were among the schools showing interest.
“I made the decision in front at Freeze’s desk,” Cavil said. “I like the sheer fact there’s a rich tradition here. I want to bring championships back to this school and this family. It’s a tight-knit community here. Everybody around here loves Ole Miss.”
Recruited by receivers coach Grant Heard, Cavil said Freeze and the Rebels staff were shocked when he announced his verbal pledge.
“Coach Heard told everybody I was coming, but he didn’t know if I was going to commit,” Cavil said. “They were pretty thrilled. You could tell Coach Freeze was excited.”
Cavil, a military child of a Navy family, said the move to Ole Miss will serve as a homecoming of sorts. He lived in Memphis, Tenn., during his middle school days and had the chance to play alongside 2012 Ole Miss signee Jaylen Walton (Memphis, Tenn./Ridgeway), among others.
Cavil said Freeze’s new offense attracted him. Freeze wants to implement a high-octane offense that will give quarterbacks and receivers plenty of opportunities to make plays in the extremely competitive SEC, something Cavil said he couldn’t pass up.
“The style of offense is going to be so high-powered,” Cavil said. “I don’t know if it’s something the SEC has seen in a long time. I want to be a part of it, and I want to be able to say I’m a game-changer.”
Cavil, who battled injuries during his junior season, is the third member of the Rebels’ 2013 recruiting class.