June 21, 2010

Top MS prospect talks Tide

South Panola High School in Batesville has produced some of the state of Mississippi's top football talent over the past decade and the latest elite star to come out of the powerhouse program is athlete Nickalos Brassell, currently rated the No. 1 overall prospect in the state of Mississippi. Brassell's offer list includes elite programs from both the SEC and from around the nation and that offer list will likely continue to grow following a recent string of impressive camp performances.

"I've been to camps at Ole Miss and Mississippi State in the last few weeks and Alabama was the last camp I went for," Brassell said. "I stayed for the whole event and it was great. There were a ton of really great players down there and everybody was just having a great time working hard and competing against each other. It was a very cool environment."

The 6-foot, 175-pound four-star prospect said the Crimson Tide coaching staff was more focused on helping him improve his game during the camp but said the Tide staff have been heavily pursuing him throughout the year.

"The Alabama coaches weren't really focusing on trying to recruit me when I was there, they just wanted to help me get ready for my senior season. I thought that was really cool. I have talked to them before about how I would fit into what they do and they have told me I could play on offense or defense, it would just kind of depend on how things start to work out once I get on campus. I like having that ability to play more than one position because it will give me a better chance of getting on the field."

The Rivals100 member said he isn't in a hurry to put together a list of finalists with new offers continuing to pour in but he does have a tentative list of schools that will likely receive official visits this fall.

"I really don't have anybody I want to put in front at this point. I'm still getting new offers so I feel like I should see who all offers before I start deciding who my favorites are. Right now, there are four schools I feel like will probably get official visits this fall, although that could change: Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Alabama and UCLA. I am going to kind of play that as I go along though because I may decide once the season starts that I'd rather visit a different school."

With a busy summer ahead, Brassell plans on continuing to investigate his school choices as well as taking care of some academic work.

"I'm probably done with camps for the summer. I will spend the rest of the time taking some unofficial visits to schools, working in the weight room and taking care of some summer school classes."

Brassell is rated the No. 10 athlete prospect in the nation and the No. 76 overall prospect in the nation.

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