The Madison, Miss., product, who had been committed to Mississippi State since October, took an official visit to Ole Miss over the weekend. He was extended a scholarship offer, and later Sunday evening, he made the switch, committing to Ole Miss to become the 25th pledge for the recruiting class of 2014.
"I'm at home."
"Born and raised an Ole Miss fan," Rawlings told the Ole Miss Spirit via text message, "and now I have the opportunity to play at Ole Miss. I grabbed it. Literally dreamed of this opportunity growing up as a kid."
The 6-foot-5, 285-pound Rawlings is rated the No. 25 center in the country by Scout.com. He holds offers from, among others, Mississippi State, Arkansas State and Louisiana Tech.
"It was impossible to turn down," Rawlings said of the opportunity to play at Ole Miss. "I can't forget the relationship I've built with (Ole Miss offensive line) Coach (Matt) Luke. It'll be an honor to play for him, as well as the other coaches.
Rawlings was one of some 25 official and unofficial visitors to descend on Oxford for the weekend. He was hosted by Ole Miss reserve quarterback Cale Luke, and visit included touring the recently renovated Manning Center, as well as a sit-down with head coach Hugh Freeze.
Suffice to say, Rawlings left impressed.
"The new locker room is incredible. The team meeting room is second to none," Rawlings said in a previous interview with Scout.com. "The cafeteria and weight room expansion are very nice.
"What I really like is how convenient that whole complex is. You walk out of the locker room and can go eat, work out, practice, play the game, meet with the coaches, have a team meeting or whatever right there under one roof a few steps from the practice fields and the stadium. It's pretty special the way they have everything together."
Rawlings said Ole Miss recruited him as a center.
The Rebels graduated Evan Swindall, who anchored the Rebel offensive line for 33 consecutive starts, including the Music City Bowl, where he helped pave the way for 221 rushing yards and 256 passing yards en route to a 25-17 Ole Miss win.
"Like all freshmen offensive linemen, I have to get bigger and stronger and get adjusted to the speed of the SEC," Rawlings said. "But I'm very confident that will come with time because I'm going to put in the effort to get my mind and body right."
"I'm at home."