By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – It looks like the celebrated speed of signing day is making its way to Ole Miss.
Word came Wednesday that wide receiver Nick Brassell, a high school All-American at South Panola, had achieved a qualifying standardized test score and has been admitted to the second summer school term, which begins today.
Increasing team speed was a stated goal of Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt, and Brassell will join two other high-profile recruits whose status regarding the football program was tenuous at best even after signing scholarship papers in February.
For Brassell and Madison Central wide receiver Tobias Singleton, the issue was the test score, but Singleton told the Clarion-Ledger on Tuesday that he had achieved the qualifying score.
The Rebels had to successfully navigate the Major League Baseball draft with Pascagoula defensive back Senquez Golson, who was selected in the eighth round by Boston.
Golson, though, has followed through on his desire to play college football and has also been admitted for the second summer term.
While players are free to report they have met requirements, all players must be certified by the NCAA before they begin game competition.
“First and foremost we wanted to hit our secondary with taller, faster, stronger guys,” Nutt said on signing day. “We met those needs with safeties and corners.
“Then, this is one of the best groups of receivers to ever come out of Mississippi, and we got three of those guys.”
The third is Raleigh star Donte Moncrief, another high school All-American, who is already in summer school.
Brassell and Singleton were ranked among the top 150 prospects in the nation by various recruiting analysts.
Moncrief, called a “cover catcher” by Nutt for his ability to haul in passes in traffic, was rated the No. 17 receiver in the nation by Rivals.
Brassell will begin his career at wide receiver but could end up at full-time at cornerback or possibly play both positions.
“He gives us that player with two-way ability,” Nutt said.
Brassell (6-0, 175) posted 114 catches and 29 touchdowns over his final two seasons at South Panola.
Also, tight end Jamal Mosley has completed his degree requirements at Northwest Community College and been admitted to Ole Miss.
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