"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 reasons.
"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, just everyone."
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 Miss."
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