National Signing Day 2011: Mississippi Football Nabs WR Nickolas Brassell

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IFebruary 2, 2011

In a whirlwind saga, Ole Miss has found itself as the lone survivor of the Nickolas Brassell sweepstakes. The talented receiver chose the Rebels over Alabama and rival Mississippi State.

Houston Nutt gets a 6'0", 175-pound playmaker at receiver and a deep threat. Brassell can quickly eat up cushion, force a corner to bail, get even and leave. He has great separation quickness and gets in and out of his breaks well.

Brassell has a solid catch radius and strike zone to make grabs away from his frame and is also athletic enough to adjust on the move to poorly thrown balls. He'll stretch the field for Ole Miss and help open up the running game, while also factoring as a dynamic return man.

This is the second recent MSU flip flopper for Nutt and Ole Miss, as elite linebacker CJ Johnson spurned the Bulldogs for the Rebels last week.

Yet, it was Alabama that was Ole Miss' prime rival for Brassell's signed letter of intent. The Tide came on strong and hard late, and Brassell was just about poised to join 'Bama's stellar recruiting class. Even his high school coach, who tries not to interfere much in recruiting, took note of how hard the Tide came after Brassell.

Brassell, who was about 90 percent sure of his decision last week, took a trip to Ole Miss two weeks ago, and fell in love with he players, atmosphere and Nutt. The campus is just 20 miles away from home for Brassell, so his family will get to continue seeing him play on Saturdays.

This is a huge coup for the Rebels as they have shown that they can lock up the top talent in Mississippi. Brassell joins Tobias Singleton and Donte Moncrief as perhaps the SEC's best incoming receiver trio.

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