Houston Nutt Signing Day Press Conference
Ole Miss head football coach Houston Nutt held his Signing Day Press Conference Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Indoor Practice Facility to discuss the Rebels' 2009 class.
I appreciate you showing up. We are very excited. Today’s come and it’s been a long road but we’re very happy about the signatures we got. I want to thank a few people before we get going. First of all, I really want to thank our university. I want to start with our chancellor. If you look at this campus, one of the things that moms and student-athletes talked about in every living room was the beauty of our campus. I hate that he is retiring. He’s just done an awesome job of laying everything out for us and I appreciate him. I appreciate Pete Boone, the things that he supplies us, the airplanes that he supplies us, the tools that he gave us this recruiting season are very important. I want to thank our staff. Our staff rolled up their sleeves went to work and did a great job. They are the guys out there beating the bushes and developing those relationships. Chris Vaughn did an excellent job coordinating this thing, but it took everybody. When we say everybody, I mean everybody and we’re talking about faculty, our academic people, Karen Schiferl, her staff and just everybody from our ambassadors all the way down. It’s been a team effort and it has to be. We’re excited about this class. We feel like we got our needs. We had some real needs. When you lose a Peria Jerry, Michael Oher, Jamarca Sanford, players like that, you have got to go replace them and our best salesman on campus were our players. Our guys have worked so hard all the way through since last May. Hats off to our players. They sold it hard, they believe in us and believe in Ole Miss. It’s been a magical season for us. I’m proud to be here. It’s probably been the most fun time of coaching that we’ve had. These coaches that have been with me a long time and even the coaches I just hired will tell you that they had the most fun year of coaching. In trying to make a difference in a young person’s life and that’s what it’s all about. I’m excited.
Q: How much did the successful season help recruiting?
I think it meant everything. Recruiting is such a sport now and if you look back in the summer, you know we were getting some concerns from our own fans that keep up with everything, why aren’t we getting more commitments, why don’t we have this.’ One thing that we try to do is be very thorough, try to develop a relationship, try to pick the right one that fits us and also fits them. You want that relationship and I tell you what, of course the
Q: How did you land Bobbie Massie?
Mike Markuson did a great job of having a relationship with Bobbie. We have a very good relationship with Hargrave coach Robert Prunty. We had some Hargrave players on campus, I think that is first and foremost. When you have Hargrave players here and they tell the young man as soon as he gets off the plane, you want to come here, you want to be at
Q: Talk about signing Raymond Cotton.
When Kent Austin showed me the film, it blows your mind. I’ve been fooled by film before, but when you watch him, physically he’s 6’5” or over. He’s yes sir, no sir’ and Kent (
Q: Talk about balance of the class.
The one thing that Tyrone (Nix) had talked to me hard about was we needed linebackers. We need some defensive linemen and we’ve got to have some secondary. That basically covers it all and so he put an emphasis on every position. The bottom line is you’ve got four defensive linemen that are solid. You look at Corey Gaines and Craig Drummond, who’s already here. I’m excited about that. You look at Alex Williams, another good athlete, and Cameron Whigham. It goes back to those relationships Tyrone (Nix) and Chris Vaughn had with these guys. What was a real plus was to have Terry Price to come in here at the end. He went into the homes and just did an awesome job. I feel good about the balance. We got about three-to-four linebackers, seven-to-eight corners and safeties. We needed that, especially at corner since we had to move two wide receivers over to play defense. We need some corners that we can start developing and start getting ready. It was the same thing on the offensive line. We needed some good ones and we got four or five: Michael Brown, Bobbie Massie and A.J. Hawkins, who’s already on campus. I really love the way Emmanuel McCray from right here in
Q: Who is ready to contribute immediately?
We are going to tell them all to get ready. It’s really hard to say he’s going to play or he’s going to play, but you always have to look at a guy that is a little older. You have to look at Jamar Hornsby. Kim Dameron recruited him. He is a safety, an older guy that has length speed, is tall and physical. Look at Bobbie Massie, a year older, 6-7, 320. We’ve seen with our eyes how he practices, his work ethic and his feet, so he’ll be in the mix early. We have some speed on this team. When you look at the corners, you look at Rodney Scott. At tailback, Korvic Neat can run 10 300-meters. You have real speed. So I’m just excited, but it’s just hard to say that he’s going to play or he’s going to play. Don’t know.
Q: Talk about Pat Patterson.
Patrick Patterson is special, and Derrick Nix did a great job with him, built a tremendous relationship with the family. I really appreciate the mother. We had a great relationship with Gloria Patterson. The thing about Patrick is he doesn’t say much. I mean this guy needs to be playing some poker big time. because he doesn’t say much. He had me nervous all the way until the end. The only one that really felt good was Derrick Nix. And the mom kept telling me its ok, and I kept saying are you sure? Because I wasn’t getting much feedback. He is 6-5, and when I shake hands with him, and I have big hands, his hands are out much further than mine. You love that, knowing he’s going to play receiver, and you love what he does after the catch. After the catch, he’s special, and of course he wants to get involved with the Wild Rebel.’ He’s told Derrick numerous things, but he wants to have the ball in his hands and you love that. But here’s what Patrick Patterson did for us, Patrick Patterson was really the number one guy in
Q: Talk about having 38 signees.
There’s no rule against that. One thing I do know is the rules. Of course, Mr. (David) Wells knows the rules and as long as Pete Boone gave the blessing. Here’s the thing about it, I know it seems like a little high number, but the thing that it does for us is it helps
Q: Talk about Darius “Tig” Barksdale.
I have an awesome respect for South Panola, because when I think of
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