Ole Miss Recruits React To News

News that Houston Nutt would not return to Ole Miss as head coach next fall was finalized this morning. How do the Mississippi commitments feel about their commitment now that the coach they committed to is no longer going to be there?

Naturally, there is a mixed bag of feelings from the 12 Ole Miss commits.

"I'm speechless and don't know really what to say right now," Memphis, Tenn., RB Jaylen Walton said. "I didn't see this coming. I just need to see what all happens and who they bring back."

Walton later talked to Chad Simmons from Scout.com and had this to say.

"I'm staying committed to Ole Miss, but I'm opening my options back up to play it safe," he said. "I have always liked Ole Miss, so we'll see what happens. I was shocked when I heard he was not coming back."

Missouri TE Austin Ray was recruited by wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer at Ole Miss, and the news is new to him, as well.

"I'm not going to comment right now on it because I haven't spoken to them about the situation yet. I'm going to sit down with my family and we're going talk about things and then I'll make a comment on the situation."

Ole Miss' quarterback commit, C.J. Beathard, is still committed, for now.

"Well I think it's somewhat of a shock. I knew after the Kentucky loss he didn't have a good shot of staying but him leaving definitely has given me a lot to think about. I want to see how it unfolds first but I'm still committed."

Georgia RB Mike Hilton also fell under the "shocked" category.
"I honestly thought he would be there even after a bad year, so I am shocked.," Hilton told Simmons. "I'm committed, but I'm keeping my options open. I'll look at Mississippi State, and whoever comes in to recruit me now."

On the other hand, there are several Mississippi commits who still feel good about their decision to attend Ole Miss.

"I feel that Coach Nutt is a great coach," added DT Issac Gross when asked about the news. "He really cares about his players. Sometimes it takes a while to get going and the last two years have not been his best years, but they are about to get good again. I hate that for him. I would like for him to stay, but my future is at Ole Miss whether he is coaching me or not. With Ole Miss getting a new coach I just want to see how I am going to be used in their system but I still plan on signing with Ole Miss."

Memphis, Tenn., offensive lineman Ben Still has close ties to Ole Miss as well.

"I guess it doesn't play a role, really. I'm not going to decommit or anything if that happens. I would love a chance to play for Coaches Nutt and (Mike) Markuson but I committed to the school and not the staff. I just know so many people down there and have a lot of good friends who go to school there. It is close to home. I just want to go to Ole Miss, but it would be kind of sad if I did not get a chance to play for Coach Markuson. If they leave though I am still 100 percent committed to Ole Miss. I hope the new coaches feel the same way I do about them because I just have Ole Miss in my heart and want to build something special with all of the young talent down there. They are really close to being really good, and I think our class is going to get them over the hump. I want to be a part of that."

While some were shocked about the news CB Jordan Batiste was not.

"I saw it coming, so I didn't think much of it, to be honest. "I'm just going to let the school take care of the situation. I know they will find us a good one."

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