By John Davis, Oxford Citizen
When Royce Newman got to Oxford, it felt like his home of Nashville, Illinois. The country music capital in Tennessee is much different than the Nashville up north.
The 6-foot-7, 265-pound Newman attends a high school with an enrollment of 380. And his Nashville is about the size of Water Valley, or 3,000 residents to be exact.
Newman is a Ole Miss Rebel now after making his official visit to Ole Miss this past weekend. If Gary Pinkel had remained the head coach of the Missouri Tigers, he would have been a Tiger. Thanks to the hard work of offensive line coach Matt Luke, Newman, who is rated as a four-star player by Scout.com, felt comfortable with the Rebels.
“I built up a good relationship with Coach Luke after Coach Pinkel retired. Just going to Ole Miss and seeing what they had to offer, and talking to the rest of the coaches, that’s where I feel the most comfortable at,” he said. “(Missouri) also had that family atmosphere that Ole Miss had, too. It was very similar. I like the coaching staff at Ole Miss.”
For more on Newman, see Thursday’s print edition of the Oxford Citizen.