June 4, 2009

Rivals250 DT intrigued by Ole Miss offer

Louis Nix made an early commitment.

Whether that commitment to Miami still stands is anybody's guess, as Nix said Monday he's no longer commenting on his status with the Hurricanes. What Nix will talk about, however, is the emergence of a handful of scholarship offers that have captured his attention.

Ole Miss offered Nix, a four-star, Rivals250 defensive tackle from Jacksonville (Raines), Fla., last week, and the Rebels have been on his mind a bit ever since.

"I'm looking into it," said Raines, a 6-foot-2, 320-pounder ranked by Rivals.com as the nation's No. 9 defensive tackle. "I'm considering that to be one of the schools I visit officially. I want to see how that goes.

"At this time, I'm not commenting on (his commitment to Miami, one that was reported last Dec. 1. "I am giving other schools chances. I want to see what type of programs they have, academically and all of that."

As for Ole Miss, Nix said he doesn't know much. On Monday, he was planning to head over to a friend's house to learn a little more.

"My friend (teammate Danny Jackson) likes Ole Miss a lot," Nix said. "I'm going to go over to his house and look at a couple of things."

Nix said he got a chance to visit with Ole Miss wide receivers coach Ron Dickerson Jr., last week. He said he plans to get to know him and learn more about the Rebels' program in the coming weeks and months.

"He's a funny guy," Nix said. "He likes to crack a joke every once in awhile. He seemed like a cool guy to me."

Nix, who recorded 50 tackles and 10 quarterback sacks as a junior, said he plans to start narrowing down his list of offers to a manageable number at some point this summer, but he doesn't want to be hasty about it.

"Schools are coming into play that I didn't really expect," Nix said. "I'm not too surprised. My old head coach told me if I worked hard, I could be one of the top players in the nation. I just need to keep working hard and doing what I do."

Nix has offers from Miami, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Boston College, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Illinois and South Carolina, among others.

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