"It was real cool," added Anthony Denham when asked how his visit went. "I liked it a lot over there. It is fun down there, a lot of fun. It is a football town. Everybody loves football in that community. They are just crazy about their football at Ole Miss."
Did it meet his expectations?
"It was about what I was expecting it to be like, but the people are a lot more different than I thought. They are just so nice down there. It kind of takes you back because everyone is just so friendly. It is more spacious too which is nice. The environment is just a lot different than it is around here (in California) but in a good way."
The food also caught his attention.
"Every five seconds I had my favorite dish, macaroni and cheese. If you want to know how to win me over feed me some mean macaroni and cheese, and they cook it differently in the South. I can honestly say it was the best macaroni and cheese I ever tasted. I think I put on about five good ones while I was down there (laugh)."
What did Denham focus on during the trip?
"I wanted to learn what kind of offensive schemes they are going to run and how I would fit in. They are going to run the spread and throw a lot of deep balls. I like the formations they will put me in. I also learned a lot about the history of Mississippi and Ole Miss. They gave us a tour. I did not know that Ole Miss had that much history. I liked that a lot. There is a lot of history at Ole Miss."
Ole Miss receiver JaMes Logan was his player host, and he was helpful, but another Californian answered all of his questions.
"I did not ask JaMes too many questions because I did not want to make him feel uncomfortable so I just asked him the basic questions. He told me about how cool it is down there and how good they treat you, but I talked to Jeremiah Masoli a lot because he is from around here. He just told me what to expect if I came there. He showed me around the town and told me what type of adjustments he had to make coming from California to Mississippi. Masoli told me that it has been the best year of his life and that everyone treats real well from the community to the players to the coaches. That made me feel more comfortable with everything."
How did the meeting with Coach Nutt go before Denham went back home?
"He just makes you feel so welcomed and wanted. Everything he says is just so positive. He just makes you feel welcomed and a part of his program. Coach Nutt was the highlight of the trip for me. I could really see myself playing for a coach like that. He sold me on the SEC and how it prepares you for the league. He is actually coming to see me this Thursday at my school. I told him that I am going to base everything off of my visits and nobody is above or below anybody else. Everyone is pretty much the same until I get through with my visits and then I will go over the pluses and minuses with each school and make a decision from there."
Anthony has not scheduled anymore official visits but stated that he would definitely visit Arizona and Oregon before signing in February.
Denham is scheduled to graduate in May.
Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org