Tag:Nickolas Brassell
Posted on: April 26, 2011 9:13 pm
 

Ole Miss adds defensive duo

Posted by Bryan Fischer

South Panola High has sent it's share of athletes to Ole Miss over the years. Just last year, wide receiver Nickolas Brassell became a Rebel and on Tuesday the school sent two players in the class of 2012 to Houston Nutt with the commitments of defensive tackle Issac Gross and linebacker Temario Strong.

"I've been thinking about it," Gross told RebelGrove.com. "I have always loved Ole Miss. I visited some other schools and I liked them and I have a lot of respect for the coaches. But I love Mississippi and I want to play close to home and I've always loved Ole Miss."

"I just always wanted to go to Ole Miss," Strong added. "I just decided it was time to do it. This is what I always wanted to do."

The 6-foot-3, 245 pound Gross held offers from just about every SEC program and from schools across the country. He'll likely end up as a defensive end once he gets to Oxford but can also play outside linebacker. At the end of the day though, it's not about where he plays but getting the win for his team.

"When I was growing up, all I knew was winning," Gross told the website. "You have to realize when you lose, you have to go back, watch the film and try to get better. You have to lean on each other and come together to change the program. I don't want to accept losses."

Strong, a 6-1, 220 pounder, is the nephew of former Ole Miss linebacker Eddie Strong and also had a cousin that played defensive tackle at the school. He'll slide in at outside linebacker to start his career in college, which he is certain is with the Rebels.

"I'm through with recruiting," Strong said. "I couldn't see myself anywhere else."

The duo give Ole Miss three commitments for the class of 2012. Strong had 69 tackles and 14.5 sacks as a junior last season while Gross added 75 tackles and 10 sacks.

Posted on: February 2, 2011 5:50 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2011 1:44 pm
 

SEC Signing Day: Winners and Losers

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Taking stock of the day in the SEC:

WINNERS:

Alabama:
No surprise that Nick Saban's crew put together yet another huge Signing Day, with the No. 1 spot in the Maxpreps team rankings wrapped up after adding No. 1 offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio to what had already been a massive haul. The Tide pulled in a perfect 3-4 defensive end in Jeoffrey Pagan (pictured) and flipped supremely athletic outside linebacker Brent Calloway back from Auburn (after he'd committed to the Tigers at the U.S. Army All-American game), two major missions accomplished. Top those off with the rest of the Tide's commitments -- including five-star teammates RB Dee Hart and S Hasean Clinton-Dix -- staying securely in the fold, and missing out on Isaiah Crowell (and likely No. 1 overall recruit Jadeveon Clowney ) barely even stings.

Video: Jeoffrey Pagan highlights

Georgia: Linebacker Kent Turene was an awfully nice pickup. But landing Crowell was a seismic development, the one member of the much-ballyhooed "Dream Team" the tailback-starved Bulldogs absolutely had to have. He alone was enough to push Mark Richt into the winner's column, but add in Turene and the successful fending off of challenges for commits like defensive back Corey Moore, and even missing out on Pagan won't be enough to wipe the smile off of the faces of Bulldog fans.

Video: Todd Grantham talks Signing Day  

Auburn: Losing Calloway to the hated Tide stung, and the euphoria of watching Kouandjio announce for the Tigers dissipated quickly as he elected not to sign his LOI on Signing Day, eventually joining Calloway and his older brother in Tuscaloosa. But Chizik got a ton of help for his occasionally-porous defense anyway, inking one of the nation's best safeties in Erique Florence and a rock-solid defensive tackle prospect in Crowell teammate Gabe Wright. The Tigers also wasted no time replacing cornerback decommitment Marcus Roberson with coveted Mississippi athlete Jermaine Whitehead, a Mississippi State commitment. Even without Kouandjio, the Tigers landed a top-10 class that proved their program-changing 2010 haul was no fluke. Still, Tiger fans have to wonder: if they weren't coming to Auburn, couldn't Calloway and Koundjio have gone somewhere other than Alabama?

Video: Gene Chizik talks Signing Day at CBS College Sports , Kiehl Frazier commits , Coaches react to Erique Florence decision

Ole Miss: Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen enjoys pointing out the raw numbers of his team's players and recruits come from the state they share with the Rebels, but it was Houston Nutt who ran away with nearly all of the state's top-ranked talent. Having already secured the signatures of former Bulldog commitment five-star linebacker C.J. Johnson and highly-regarded receiver Tobias Singleton, the Rebels added to their in-state haul by keeping top-100 wideout Nickolas Brassell out of the clutches of the Tide. The battle between Nutt and Mullen on the recruiting trail was more-or-less a draw in 2010, but there's little question who had the upper hand this season.

LSU: The day was unusually quiet by the usually madcap Bayou Bengals' Signing Day standards, but that happens when you have your state on virtual lockdown and that state provides enough talent for one of the nation's best classes all on its own. Simply making sure their commitments (most notably offensive tackle La'El Collins and defensive counterpart Anthony Johnson) made it across the dotted line would have guaranteed Les Miles a successful Signing Day. But keeping Shreveport's Jermauria Rasco (pictured) -- one of the nation's most highly sought-after defensive ends -- at home (and away from Texas) more than made up for missing out on Florida defensive tackle Tim Jernigan.

Vanderbilt:
The Commodores won't finish anywhere near the top of the league's recruiting rankings, of course. But given the limited time James Franklin had to work with, the results were quite impressive. Franklin flipped Virginia Tech quarterback commitment Lafonte Thourogood first thing Signing Day morning and brought in several other candidates for immediate playing time, like Ohio tight end Dorien Bryant.

LOSERS:

Florida:
The Gators, as always, can still boast one of the nation's best classes, and no one anywhere signed a better QB-RB combo than Jeff Driskel and the underrated Mike Blakely. Roberson's arrival was a nice Signing Day surprise, and Will Muschamp and Co. turned away a serious Ohio State challenge for receiver JaJuan Story. But particularly looking at the way their rivals at Georgia and Florida State finished, Gator fans won't be happy about being unable to make up any ground with prospects like Jernigan, Curtis Grant, or Stephone Anthony. Roberson wound up the only new addition on Signing Day, and even he somewhat fell into the Gators' laps after his wild commitments and decommitments to Texas Tech and Auburn. Muschamp will be cut plenty of slack this season after his late arrival in Gainesville, but another class that so completely cedes the limelight to the Dawgs and 'Noles won't be as easily forgiven.


Mississippi State:
How thin was the Bulldogs' final class after seeing the likes of Johnson, Singleton and -- most painfully -- Whitehead decommit? Not one of their 23 commitments ranked among the top 25 at their position, according to Tom Lemming. The Bulldogs struggled going head-to-head with Ole Miss within Mississippi, and came up empty when going abroad for players like Washington D.C.-based Kevin McReynolds, who signed with UCLA. Players like receiver Joe Morrow and defensive tackle P.J. Jones are unquestionably SEC-grade talents, but after such a productive, promising year on the field, the lack of recruiting punch is puzzling.

Arkansas: There's nothing particularly disappointing about the Razorbacks' 2011 class (though watching tight end commitment Chris Barnett sign with Michigan wasn't fun), and keeping home-grown talent like quarterback Brandon Allen and tackle Brey Cook in Arkansas was a bright spot. But when you share a division with Alabama, LSU, and Auburn, "nothing particularly disappointing" may not be good enough to stay in the mix for a division title.






Posted on: February 2, 2011 10:26 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 10:28 am
 

Nickolas Brassell stays home at Ole Miss

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Mississippi high school powerhouse South Panola has sent more than its fair share of talent onto SEC schools in recent years, and today they've sent another blue-chipper on his way to in-state Ole Miss: top wide receiver Nickolas Brassell, who chose the Rebels today over offers from Alabama and Mississippi State (where Brassell had been previously committed)

Brassell is Maxpreps' No. 81 player overall and Tom Lemming's No. 11 wide receiver, a 6'1" 176-pound target who combines top-notch agility with solid hands and body positioining.

Between Brassell and newly-signed fellow receiver Tobias Singleton, a major prospect in his own right, the Rebels have received a big boost to their receiving corps. Houston Nutt was unable to get much consistency out of his passing game this past season, but with weapons like Brassell and Singleton in place, there should be substantial improvement over the next few seasons.

More Signing Day coverage is here  at CBS.
Posted on: February 1, 2011 3:36 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2011 6:24 am
 

Uncommitted recruits' signing times

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Let the hat show begin! Below is a list of some of the top uncommitted prospects in the country and what time they are scheduled to sign. This list will be constantly updated with the latest information as it becomes available.


Time (ET) Player Position Schools
       
8AM Jake Fisher Offensive tackle Signed with Oregon
9AM Jeoffrey Pagan #4 Defensive end Signed with Alabama
  Lamar Dawson #6 Inside Linebacker Signed with USC
  Elkino Watson Defensive tackle Signed with South Florida
  Ja'Juan Story Wide receiver Signed with Florida
9:30AM Darius Jennings #5 Athlete Signed with Virginia
  Erique Florence #5 Safety Signed with Auburn
10AM Tony Steward #2 Inside Linebacker Signed with Clemson
  Nickolas Brassell #11 Wide receiver Signed with Ole Miss
  Antonio Richardson #6 Offensive tackle Signed with Tennessee
  Aundrey Walker #9 Offensive tackle Signed with USC

Troy Niklas #2 Offensive tackle Signed with Notre Dame
  Jalen Grimble Defensive end Signed with Miami (Fla.)
  Kent Turene #12 Inside linebacker Signed with Georgia
10:30AM Spencer Region #20 Offensive lineman Signed with Clemson
11AM Timmy Jernigan #3 Defensive tackle Signed with Florida State
  Javorius Allen Running back Signed with USC

Brent Calloway #3 Outside linebacker Signed with Alabama
11:20AM Delvon Simmons #8 Defensive tackle Signed with North Carolina
11:30AM Stephone Anthony #1 Outside linebacker Signed with Clemson
12PM Cyrus Kouandjio #1 Offensive tackle Signed with Auburn
1:30PM Isaiah Crowell #6 Tailback Signed with Georgia

Gabe Wright Defensive tackle Signed with Auburn
1:50PM Curtis Grant #1 Inside linebacker Signed with Ohio State
3PM Jermauria Rasco #6 Defensive end Signed with LSU
3:30PM Marqise Lee #14 Athlete Signed with USC
8PM De'Anthony Thomas #2 Athlete Signed with Oregon


Don't forget to also check the MaxPreps' Team Recruiting Rankings page to see how the teams stack up as the players put pen to paper on Signing Day. You can also sort the committed recruits by conference and check out Tom Lemming's Top 100 Recruits for the class of 2011. More Recruiting Coverage

Posted on: January 29, 2011 10:54 am
 

1/29 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Less than five days until Signing Day and some recruits still don’t know where they want to go. Should be a fun few weeks coming up as a result.

- Where will Nickolas Brassell go? The talented wide out is currently on a visit to Alabama and will likely choose between the Tide and Ole Miss.

- Former Oklahoma football player John Goodman says that when he was recruited by the Sooners, the recruiting game wasn’t so slimy. Of course, as he mentions, Oklahoma was coming off probation at the time.

- Oklahoma State running back Herschel Sims has an eye-popping highlight reel but beyond the gridiron is where he is really impressive.

- Boston College lost a good linebacker in Graham Stewart, who ended up committing to Florida after an in-home visit from Will Muschamp.

- Good look at players changing their minds during the recruiting process – or as some see it, schools poaching recruits.

- Impressive quarterback Brett Hundley is the foundation for UCLA’s recruiting class.

 
 
 
 
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