Rancifer takes in SEC game

Mississippi Scout
Posted Nov 3, 2010

The 6' 3", 220-pound linebacker out of Pensacola (FL) had been receiving a lot of recruiting attention from the University of Mississippi as of late so he paid them back with a visit to their campus to see them play Auburn. How did the trip go? To learn more,

"The visit was nice," added Demarius Rancifer. "I loved it up there."

What was he hoping to learn about Ole Miss before he came on the trip?

"I just wanted to meet the coaches and see how they are and see how the facilities are and see what the whole game day atmosphere is like."

What did he learn about each one of those issues?

"The coaches all welcomed me. I formed a relationship with Coach Derrick Nix a while back, but I got to meet his brother (Tyrone Nix), and he is going to be my position coach if I go up there so that was cool. He is pretty intense and funny at the same time. We just kind of clicked. I really liked all of their coaches up there. The facilities were also really nice. The indoor field, weight room, training room, player's lounge, the locker room. They were all top of the line facilities. I was kind of surprised Ole Miss had those kind of facilities."

How about the game day atmosphere?

"It was wild. The fans go crazy up there. I loved it. I was on the field watching them warm-up, and I just envisioned myself being a player there and it felt like home, like I could play there the next four to five years. I loved it, really."

Demarius could not think of just one thing when asked what stood out the most.

"I liked everything up there. I couldn't tell you just one thing. I am already trying to set up a date to get back up there. They tell me the Ole Miss/MSU game is a can't miss game so I am going to try and get back up there for that one. My coach brought me up here for this visit, but I want to bring my family up here next time so they can check it out."

What surprised the Pensacola Catholic standout the most about Ole Miss?

"The game day atmosphere was crazy. I can't explain it. The whole game they were into it. Even when they got down they tried to keep them into it. I like how much support they get up there."

Where does Ole Miss now stand?

"Right now they are number one, but I am going to set up a trip to Kentucky for later this month and see how it is up there before I make a decision."

Scout.com's #76 ranked OLB has already visited two of his finalist, Louisville and Ole Miss, now Kentucky will get a chance to show him around. Anybody else still on his radar?

"West Virginia. They still want me to come up there too. I do not know. I will just have to wait and see. I know I am going up to Kentucky for sure though. Michigan just started calling, and I am going to see what they have to say. I could be going up there too to check them out."

Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com

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