Ritter happier than ever about UM commitment

Andrew Ritter said his last semester of high school can't go by fast enough. Not that he doesn't like high school or his time there. It's just that he's ready to be an official Ole Miss Rebel.

That was basically his assessment after his official recruiting visit to the Oxford campus this weekend.

"I had a great time," he said Sunday. "I wish the weekend wasn't over."

For Ritter, a lifelong Ole Miss fan with deep Rebel roots, checking out the place wasn't the first order of business. He all but knew his way around.

But it was a chance to see things more indepth that were important to the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Jackson Academy star placekicker.

"It was a good bonding time," Ritter said. "I got a really good feel for how the coaches and players interact and get along. It was just the way I expected."

Which was all positive, according to Ritter.

"I'm even happier about things now than I was before I went," he said. "I got to meet all the other recruits, some that are committed to Ole Miss and some who are still deciding. The way everything went was just great."

Ritter, hosted by current Rebel Preston Powers, said he spent a lot of time over the weekend with UM punter commitment Tyler Campbell and his host, Justin Sparks.

The Cotton Bowl presentation at halftime of the basketball game was quite the experience, according to Ritter.

"Everybody in the place was standing and cheering," he said. "I loved that. It just goes to show how important the turnaround season was for the program."

Ritter put 52 of his 53 kickoffs this past season into the end zone for touchbacks. He was 8 of 14 on field goals with a long of 58 yards. He was first-team All-Metro, first-team All-Conference, first-team All-State, first-team All-MPSA and played in the MPSA All-Star Game.

But his high school football career is in the books, and now it's on to college and to Ole Miss, where he wanted to be all along.

"I grew up an Ole Miss fan," he said. "There were other schools, but this is where I wanted to be."

And although he needed no re-affirmation, this weekend only served to solidify it all for Andrew Ritter even more.

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