Scout.com's #33 nationally rated tailback rushed for over 4, 100 yards and 51 TD's the last two seasons at South Panola. The Ole Miss head coach made the short drive over to Batesville (MS) to visit his future tailback, and left impressed with not only with Nick Parker, but also the Tiger head coach. To learn more, click below.
"We talked for about an hour and then he left to go see Nick," added
the South Panola head coach, Lance Pogue. "He came over here to the school,
and we sat down and ate a sandwich and talked football. I can see why the Ole Miss players enjoy playing for Coach Nutt so much now. I think obviously the
success he has had in the SEC has been great, but beyond football, he wants
his kids to make it in life after football. He develops those kids into fine
young men and takes them into the right direction so they can be successful
in life. To be honest, you do not see a lot of that in today's era, and I know
that type of attitude is going to get him in many living rooms around here in
Mississippi. He is just a quality/quality individual and coach."
What did Coach Nutt have to say about Nick's future at Ole Miss?
"He is excited about Nick and knows he has had a great high school career,
and like me, he thinks he has a bright future at Ole Miss. Nick will add a lot
to that program and will give them some diversity in a lot of different aspects."
How will Ole Miss use "Big"?
"Initially, he plans to play him at tailback. Coach Nutt knows what he
has done here at South Panola, but a big kid like Nick, who knows what he could
grow into. But initially, he will start at tailback."
Did the Rebel head boss talk about the other running backs he wanted to sign
in this class?
"No, he really did not get into that. He just expressed what a big deal
it was to get the top running back in Mississippi. Nick is obviously the top
running back in this state, and Coach Nutt just talked about how special he
is going to be at Ole Miss."
Ole Miss has put a premium on the Mississippi recruits for this year's class
and that did not go unnoticed by the South Panola head coach.
"We talked about that for a while. I think any university would like to
have a lot of home grown instate kids, especially your top guys. That is the
case at Ole Miss. That is the message he is trying to send right now, and he
said that will be that message as long as he is there at Ole Miss. I think you
are really seeing them put a greater emphasis on the Mississippi kids, and I
think the Mississippi kids are seeing that they have an opportunity to win championships
right there in their backyard. That is very valuable to them and those kids
are very valuable for his program. Coach Nutt believes that he could have around
half of his signees from the Mississippi high school and juco ranks and that
speaks volumes about the emphasis he has put on this state."
Coach Pogue believes Ole Miss was the best fit for Parker for several different
"I think off of the bat, he knows there will be a lot of opportunities
at Ole Miss because Coach Nutt will run the football and use Nick's talents.
And Nick is a family guy. He wants to be close to home and stay close to his
grandmother who he loves dearly. Nick goes by to check up on her every day.
They are pretty much inseparable. I also think that the success that the Jerry
brothers (Peria Jerry and John Jerry), Jamarca Sanford, and the rest of the
South Panola guys at Ole Miss helped a bunch too. It just seems that there are
a lot of good stories that have come out of this program that went to Ole Miss.
The younger kids notice that stuff."
Coach Nutt left the meeting with Lance Pogue and headed to Nick's house.
"We had our whole family over here," added Nick Parker. "Everybody
wanted to meet him, from my grandmother, to my aunt, a couple of my cousins,
What was their impression?
"He won them over (laugh). They thought he was honest and personable and
just a great person."
Nick's grandmother, who has obviously played a large role in Big's life, came
away thoroughly impressed.
"He walked in with that big smile and just gave me a hug," she added.
"I thought he was very genuine and had a plan for my boy to succeed on
and off the football field. I told him that I am putting my full trust to take
care of my boy, and I feel like Nicholas now has a great role model to look
up to now. I could not feel anymore comfortable about sending Nicholas to Ole
What was Coach Nutt's message to Nick?
"He wants me to come over there and play some smash mouth ball."
What stood out the most about what Coach Nutt said?
"I liked all of it but getting my degree was the biggest thing."
Why Ole Miss for Parker?
"Because they are moving on up, and I think I can help them."
When does Big take his visit to Ole Miss?
What would Nick like to relay to the Ole Miss family?
"Tell them I am going to give them my all and make them proud. I am 100%
Rebel. Tell them that too."
Yancy Porter is the Recruiting Manager for the State of Mississippi and he
can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org