"I had a great time down there," Emerson said. "Overall, it exceeded my expectations. I just hate that they lost the game, but it was a great game. It was good to get down there and see it for myself for the first time."
The 6-foot-4, 275-pound defensive lineman had tripped to Ole Miss before, just not for a football game.
"I have been to Ole Miss a few times but not for a game. I wanted to see how the coaches carried themselves when things were not going well. I also wanted to check out their game day environment. To me their coaches acted like you are supposed to. They were calm and trusted their players and plan. That's what I want. I want my coaches to have trust in our team. The environment for the game was great. It was packed and live. The team gets a lot of support from their fans at Ole Miss. Everyone is so friendly. I really enjoyed the atmosphere around there."
The Rebels were down in the middle of the fourth quarter by 18 points after being up to 21 points near the end of the first half. Ole Miss fought back and almost won the game at the end. This left a lasting impression.
"That's what really caught my eye. I just love how their players never gave up. They were blowing Alabama out in the first half. We all thought the game was going to get really ugly, but Alabama came back and were up by a couple touchdowns. Ole Miss just kept fighting. They got an onside kick and scored again. They were one stop away from winning the game. That's what I'm looking for. A place that has a never die attitude."
The nation's No. 56 overall rated player in the class of 2018 had Tennessee, Ohio State and Alabama in his top three before the visit took place.
"Ole Miss has always been up there. It was good to see Ole Miss in that environment. It puts them up there with my top schools. For sure."
What is on tap next?
"I'm going back to see Tennessee play this weekend. That's really it. I'll try and come back down for an Ole Miss game later in the season."
Greg transferred from Oakland (Tenn) to Jackson Northside (Tenn) before the start of his junior season.
"I've been playing good since I came back from the calf injury at Oakland. My pass rushing has improved. I couldn't read the offensive tackles but now I can by their first step. I have 5 sacks and 10 quarterback hurries so far this season."
Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org