Drake Nevis marks Ole Miss' 10th commitment
"It just felt right. I went over there today for their Jr Day. The environment. I fit right in. I also like their staff a whole lot. They are great," commented the very personable Drake Nevis.
What got Nevis interested in Ole Miss in the first place?
"Coach Frank Wilson. He came by the school. One of my good friends, Chris Mitchell, wanted to go to Ole Miss but he signed with LSU. Him and Frank were real tight, so I have known coach Frank for a while."
Who else was in the picture before Drake committed to Ole Miss?
"I have to say Alabama, but I never took a visit over there. When I went to Ole Miss and met their whole staff, I just felt it. Their facilities are real nice, and they treated me good."
Who else was recruiting Drake before he committed?
I was getting letters from Florida, UCLA, Alabama, LSU, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Miami."
Now Drake can go back to concentrating on his football and books.
"I want to work on my hands and technique, but mostly my hands. I want to get them stronger."
Strength is one thing that Drake takes pride in as he won the power lifting championship in his weight division. He currently squats 600 and benches 390. What else does Drake do well on the football field?
"I think my quickness is the biggest thing. There are not too many 290 pounders who can run a 4.8 like me. I take my pride in my speed. Other than that, it is my strength in my lower body. It allows me to really use my leverage to my advantage. Once I get underneath you, it is over."
Drake has been starting at defensive tackle for John Ehrett ever since the tender age of fourteen, how?
"I have always been a big boy," stated the laughing Drake. "I guess my grandmother has done me right."
Nevis broke on to the scene his sophomore year when he recorded 60 tackles and 10 sacks for the 11-1 Patriots. But it was not until last year that he became a household name.
"I had 80 tackles and 8 sacks. I made 1st Team All-District and 1st Team All-West Bank. This year, I want to be named the Player of the Year in West Bank. The best football comes out of here."
Drake carries a 2.8 GPA and a 19 on the ACT.
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