Some odds and ends from Houston Nutt’s recruiting press conference yesterday.
The coaching staff was obviously pleased with how things went and was loose and relaxed. Most of the assistants attended the news conference.
Defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix, who is usually a 9 ½ on the intensity meter, was all smiles when he entered the room a minute or two before Nutt.
Nix likes interviews as much as he likes root canals, but yesterday was different. He was laughing and joking and walked to the podium while everyone was getting settled.
“All right, any more questions? Any more questions about Texas Tech? Anything else about Michael Crabtree?”
He then laughed loudly at his own comic skills and took a seat in the back.
Here’s what Nutt had to say on a few topics:
In-state recruiting: Though they landed the big one in Noxubee wide receiver Pat Patterson, the Rebels signed just five Mississippi high school prospects.
“We gave everybody an opportunity in this state, especially early on, but when they don’t show interest you go on to the next one. We had summer camps. We reached out. A few we actually wanted, but they didn’t want to come. The ones that did, I’m excited about those, and I’ll put them up against anybody. The others, our progam’s taking off, and they missed out. That’s the way I feel this year. They had their opportunity, and they missed out.”
Cordova, Ala., RB Tim Simon: Clemson made a hard run at Simon, who was the runner-up for Mr. Football in Alabama. It took a car load of Ole Miss coaches to keep their verbal commitment in the fold. “I felt better after Tyrone (Nix), Derrick (Nix) and Terry (Price) … we had a car load of our guys go over there, and I knew we were closer to the grandmother, the mother and the aunt.” Simon will begin at tailback but could end up at linebacker.
Signing 38 prospects: “There’s no rule against that. I know it’s a high number, but the thing it does is this, it helps Mississippi, and it helps our junior colleges. I’ve never been in a state with so many junior colleges. Our staff does not believe in taking 10 or 11 junior college guys a year, but you do want to give back and help. There will be times when you need one, two or three difference-makers from a junior college … like Patrick Trahan at linebacker for us this year. You get some guys who want to be part of the family but you know probably will not make it academically. It’s important to build those relationships. You want people who want to be here.”