"It is (Texas A&M) Aggies and Ole Miss," added Ivan Robinson. "Those are the two schools I am trying to decide which way I am going."
Ivan arrived at Ole Miss Friday and stayed with a couple of friends until they left back home Saturday night. What he saw in the Oxford area was a surprise, in a good way.
“It was better than I expected. I was not expecting it to be that good. But when I got to the campus; it was like they had clean up day because it was so clean. I was expecting it to be nice, but not that nice. I stayed there Friday night and got to go out and see the town. I thought LSU got a lot of support, but Ole Miss is right up there with them. They love their football at Ole Miss.”"
The trip still has him thinking about Ole Miss.
“I liked it out there so much that I still have my Ole Miss clothes on right now (laugh).”
What stood out the most during the trip?
"Coach Nutt. He is just a real laid back and fun person to hang around. I also liked their facilities a lot."
The game was one for the ages.
"I picked the perfect time to come see Ole Miss play (laugh). It came down to the last seconds. I watched Ole Miss' ends and enjoyed watching them. It seemed like they were extremely hungry."
Was Ivan aware that the rivalry was this big?
"To me it seemed like it was. That is why I wanted to go to that game so I had a chance to see it for myself. I will tell you a funny story. Our high school colors are purple and gold, and when I got there, a lot of the fans were ribbing me for wearing LSU colors. All I had on was an old high school shirt. I did not even think about it to be honest. I was like I have to get these clothes off, so I went to the Rebel store and bought some Ole Miss gear. Yea, I kind of figured out how seriously they took that game as soon as I got up there (laugh)."
Robinson went into the Ole Miss locker room to talk to their defensive line coach after the game and liked what he heard.
"I asked him where I would play on the defensive line, and he told me that their whole line was full of seniors. He said I would have a chance to play defensive end, and he also said I would have a chance to play defensive tackle because I am big enough to go inside and handle it. I have a lot of opportunities if I go there.”
Ivan wanted to key in on a few things about Ole Miss before coming on the trip.
“Before I came up there, I was curious to see what the campus looked like, how I would be treated, what the weight room and IPF looked like, how they would match up against LSU, and what the field looked like.”
The Longville (LA) resident commented on each issue.
“The fans are rowdy," added Robinson. "All of them stood up the whole game, not only the students, but all of the fans. Nobody even went to the concession stand. They were just into it the whole game. I know I would get a lot of support there.”
“They treated me great. No complaints. I had high expectations, and they met them and some.”
“I wanted to see if their weight room matched up to Texas A&M’s, but it did. It was actually bigger than LSU’s. It was very impressive.”
“The IPF was amazing. I liked it. It was about the same as A&M’s. Texas A&M’s looks like a game field. LSU’s I have seen so many times it is like a walk in the part. It is one of the best IPF’s I have seen.”
“They pretty much whipped LSU up front, and if I go there, I know I will
have good coaching and playing in a great defensive system. They are very aggressive
up front. That is one of the main reasons they won. That is my style of play,
to be aggressive.”
Ivan committed to Texas A&M early but this trip has vaulted the Rebels into serious contention.
“This trip helped Ole Miss because I got to experience what it is all
about up there. I got to see them compete against a great team and see how they
handle adversity. They got down in the first half on some questionable calls
and the ball was just not bouncing their way. But they still handled the adversity
in the first half and stuck in there and really whipped them a lot worse than
the score indicated on the scoreboard. Not to talk bad about LSU, but when I
watched them play Florida and they got down, they just rolled over. But Ole
Miss, they bowed up when they got down. None of their fans left, and I know
I will have good support if I go there."
And where does Texas A&M stand?
"After the Ole Miss trip it is a verbal (commitment) but I am still looking at Ole Miss."