Quentin Bivens made All-State last season after collecting 60 solo tackles, five sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. The 6-foot-2 1/2, 283-pound defensive tackle made his first recruiting visit to Oxford a couple weeks back.
"My step mom, dad and brother came up there with me," Bivens said. "That was my first recruiting trip I've ever been on. I've never been to Ole Miss' campus before outside of us playing in the (5A) State Championship game up there last year. I really didn't know what to expect. I liked it a lot."
The trip went better than expected.
"It was much better than I was expecting to be like, to be honest. I just liked the vibe I got there. It felt like home away from home. Coach (Freddie) Roach talked to me and my family about life and bettering myself. I got a chance to sit down with Coach (Hugh) Freeze too. We talked about the educational aspect of college and what all would be expected of me if I were to join their program. We really spent the majority of our time going over what life after football means."
The NCAA investigation was also discussed.
"That's another thing that stood out to me. We talked about how they have handled things and how they are going to handle everything going forward. Everything is going to work out. I just like how their coaches made me feel so wanted, and had a good scope on how to move forward. They talked about how life is full of adversities and it's how you handle them that defines you. I think Ole Miss is about to get back to competing for national championships. There's no question in my mind about that."
A trip to Oxford is pending.
"I don't have a date set up yet, but I told them I wanted to come back and watch them practice this spring. They just want to get me up there as much as I can. It's hard on our family to do a lot of traveling, but I'm going get back up there soon."
Ole Miss and Southern Mississippi have offered to this point.
"Those two are really the ones I'm staying in touch with the most."
Whoever lands Bivens will be getting a good one.
"There's no doubt I can dominate on that level. I have a really good get off and make plays."
Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org