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Gadsden City's Middleton commits to Mississippi


Gadsden City defensive lineman Finesse Middleton committed to Ole Miss on Friday. (Photo by Sarah Dudik | Gadsden Times | File)


Gadsden City defensive lineman Finesse Middleton committed to play football at Mississippi on Friday night.

Listed as a two-star recruit by Scout, the 5-foot-11, 245-pounder decided on Ole Miss over Louisville and Colorado State, among others.

“They treated me like family and took me in as their own,” said Middleton, who received an offer from the Rebels two weeks ago before shining at the team’s camp last week.

Middleton is the second Titan to commit to an SEC school this summer. In June, receiver B.J. Hammond pledged to play for Mississippi State. The commitments by both Middleton and Hammond are non-binding until they sign an NCAA National Letter of Intent in February on Signing Day.

Middleton’s commitment created a bit of buzz Friday night, with some saying he had flown under the radar during the recruiting process. Rivals.com recruiting analyst Andrew Bone tweeted, “I can’t say enough about how happy I am for Finesse Middleton. A little undersized, but one of the true warriors in the state. #OleMiss”

Middleton’s verbal to play in Oxford sounds solid, and he was impressed with new coach Hugh Freeze throughout the process.

“I think he’s really going to turn this program around. His attitude, the way he talks, the way he carries himself. ... He’s got a winning mentality,” Middleton said of Freeze, who was named the head coach at Ole Miss in December after spending a year at the helm of Arkansas State. He inherited a program that has won just six games the last two seasons.

With his senior season at Gadsden City looming, Middleton is excited about getting fall camp started Aug. 6.

“I can’t wait,” he said. “That’s part of the reason I went ahead and committed because I wanted to get my personal business (done) so I can spend all my time on my team.”