Oher talks about his official visit to Ole Miss
The following information was revealed during our interview with Michael Oher:
What is Briarcrest's current record? "We are 6 - 3. We started off kind of slow, but we are getting better and better. We knocked off a couple of the top teams from Memphis, and you can tell that our team has gained a lot of confidence from that."
What most have you improved on this season? "I feel like I have improved my speed and coming off the ball. I fire off the line of scrimmage much better than I have in the past. The new techniques I have learned has really helped my overall game. I finish my blocks a lot better, and I play much more aggressive than I did in the past years."
Does your staff keep up with your pancakes? "No sir, they did last year, but they do not do that anymore."
Have you won any weekly awards this season? "Actually, I was the Memphis Touchdown Club's Player of the Week on Monday."
Did you make it in for your official visit to Ole Miss? "Yes sir. It was great."
Did anyone accompany you? "No sir, my family did not come or anything. Coach Tom Luke showed me the whole campus. We also went to the women's basketball practice and watched a good friend of mine, Jada Mincy, practice. Overall, I just had a great time."
Who was your host for the weekend? "I had David Traxler on Friday. He is a freshman offensive lineman of theirs. After the game was over, I hung out with Marcus Johnson. He seemed like a very cool guy. I had a great time hanging out with Marcus."
How was the overall atmosphere during your visit? "It was great. It was their second largest crowd ever for a game. I got on the field, and I can tell you, it gets loud down there. It was a great atmosphere. I loved it."
What new did you learn about Ole Miss that maybe you did not from before your visit? "I really knew everything there was to know about Ole Miss. I have been down there, man, I can not even count the number of times I have been to Ole Miss. More than anywhere else, I know that. Really, I knew pretty much everything before I took the visit."
What all do you like about Ole Miss? "The new practice facility is a great building. And Coach Latina, I really like him a lot. He prepares you for the NFL. I would enjoy playing for him. Coach Cutcliffe is also a good guy. The people in Oxford seem like a big family. They really show their players a lot of attention. I could enjoy that."
Do you have any concerns about Ole Miss? "Not at all."
How did your meeting with Coach Cutcliffe go? "We went to some steakhouse. We sat down and talked about how his and my season was going. We just talked about his young QB's and how far they have come. We just basically talked about the direction his program is headed."
Do you feel like you can make an immediate impact at Ole Miss? "Yes sir, we talked about that too. They need some offensive linemen to come in and play next year."
Did Coach Cutcliffe ask you to commit? "No, that never came up. He just wants me to come back later on and take an unofficial visits, since I visited so early."
Why are you taking all of your official visits so early? "I just wanted to see their game atmosphere. Then after my season is over, I will have plenty of time to think about it. I will just list the things I like and do not like about each school, and not feel all of that pressure of making a rush decision. This just gives me plenty of time to make a sound decision."
Now that you have visited Ole Miss, officially, where do they stand with you? "Well, they are so close to home, you know. They have come together as a team, and they are getting better and better. They are up there, I know that. They are pretty high, along with LSU and Tennessee."
Which schools have you taken an official visit with and where do you go next? "I went to North Carolina State on September 18th and Ole Miss on October 18th. I go to LSU on October 30th. I have not scheduled my visit to Alabama yet, but I will visit them. I go to Tennessee on November 6th, when they play Notre Dame."
What are going to be the main factors when it comes decision time? "I think it will be their academics. I tell you what Ole Miss has done a good job at, they are the only school that has sat me down and shown me a plan for me to get my degree. I plan to go over my academics at Tennessee and LSU too and just see which school gives me the most support."
Michael has some work to become a full qualifier but Coach Freeze (Michael's head coach) informed us that if everything goes according to plan, he will have a great chance to make it.
Oher's first 9 weeks fell under the,"goes according to plan" as he turned in 2 A's, 2 B's, and 2 C's at a very tough private school, Briarcrest Christian.