Ty Rocconi (Ole Miss Spirit)

Mobile, Ala., safety Ty Rocconi will go the route of preferred walk-on at either Ole Miss or Michigan

National Signing Day is a little over a week away, but the recruitment of Mobile, Ala., defensive back Ty Rocconi is just starting to heat up.

Rocconi took an official visit to Ole Miss over the weekend. He’ll next trip to Michigan before making a decision. Rocconi is from an Ole Miss family and grew up as a Rebel fan.

“I hung out with the players and got to meet the new coaches,” Rocconi said. “It was great to see the new faces and finally meet them. I’ve grown up loving this school. Both my mom and dad went here and I’ve been here my whole life. It’s a great place to be, and I love it every time I’m in Oxford.”

Rocconi has offers from Ivy League schools including Penn, Princeton and Brown, but he said he will instead go the invited walk-on route at either Ole Miss or Michigan. Both schools are recruiting him as a safety or nickel back. 

“The offers have come from smaller schools, so why not try a bigger school and see how big I can go,” he said. “Proving some people wrong is what I’ve wanted to do. I haven’t been biggest, strongest or fastest. I just prove people wrong.” 

Rocconi said he’s looking forward to checking out the Jim Harbaugh-led Wolverines.

“Michigan came around at the beginning of the season kind of out of the blue,” he said. “The recruiting coordinator started talking to me and the more we talked he invited me up for the Wisconsin game and it was a really neat experience at the Big House. I had never been before, and it intrigued me.”

The 6-foot, 190-pound Rocconi said he’s simply looking for the school where he feels the most comfortable.

“Just do I see myself being there at home, like at Ole Miss, where I see myself at home,” he said. “It’s nice to get that same feeling at Michigan, too.” 

Ole Miss could present a quicker path to a scholarship, but Rocconi said while “it’s a factor, I wouldn’t say it’s my main priority. It’s a big thing, but I’m not looking for that necessarily.” He won’t sign a national letter of intent on Feb. 1.

“It’s not an easier or slower course because I have to make a decision and get room and board, but it’s a little less strenuous,” he said. “I hope to have a decision after visiting Michigan.”

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