PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze and athletics director Ross Bjork made their way to Pascagoula, at the Grand Magnolia Ballroom.
It's one of 12 stops in the weeklong tour of the region.
After one season, two recruiting classes, including a top ten recruiting class in February, momentum is on the side of coach Freeze and his Ole Miss Rebels.
Freeze said, "We feel like we're on the right track. I mean obviously we just laid the foundation starting the journey." I do believe with the energy and passion that our fans have and the work that our kids are putting in, I think we're on the right track. "We've got to continue to add quality depth and continue to strive to win each day and be ready for next fall."
Freeze says he's pleased where the program is right now. The Rebels completed spring football drills last weekend but had a number of key personnel out with injuries. Junior quarterback Bo Wallace didn't participate because of off-season surgery. Wallace piled up impressive stats last season in helping Ole Miss post a winning season and bowl victory. However, coach Freeze says Bo has room for improvement.
"He had a decent year," Freeze stated. He said Wallace turned the ball over too much and that's something he must rectify and get better at. Freeze added, "I think he's one of the better quarterbacks in our league and that will be his challenge and certainly the setback that he had with the injury is a concern."
Wallace is expected to start throwing the football in 12 days.
Freeze is signing top notch talent in the state and also across the nation. He says he learned his recruiting technique from former Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron and it's paying dividends.
Freeze said, "We want to win this state and it's going to be a good year for recruiting in Mississippi." There's talent and we want to win every battle that we get into. "We had a good recruiting year and people know Ole Miss now because of that success, we like the attention."
Freeze has a goal of winning the SEC Championship and wants all Rebel fans to realize it's a journey. He said, "That's one of the messages as we travel around." Everyone is excited, everyone has great expectations. "It's a journey and it won't happen over night."
Freeze says Ole Miss has got to continue to build and the building blocks can be stacked higher if the Rebels can open the 2013 season August 29 at Nashville on national television facing a highly improved Vanderbilt football team.