Drake Nevis remains rock solid with OM

Drake Nevis (DT, Marrero, LA) - The Rebels picked up one of Louisiana's top linemen in February when the 2005 All-West Bank performer committed to Ole Miss.

As a junior, Drake finished the season with 80 tackles and 8 sacks for John Ehrett. Not bad when you consider that he was playing the defensive tackle position.

What makes Nevis' motor go?

"My strength and my passion for the game of football," commented Drake Nevis. "I take pride in the weight room. I compete hard everyday to become a better football player. I also think my speed gives me the advantage over the offensive linemen. I run a sub 5.0 forty, and I think that throws them off a little bit because of my size."

Drake is no stranger to the weight room as he won the power lifting contest for the 275 pound class and over last season for John Ehrett's power lifting program. He currently benches right at 400 pounds and squats over 600.

Nevis will be competing at the scout combine in Oxford on April 30th. What are his thoughts?

"Man, I am about 290 right now. I got up to 300, but I have lost some weight for the combine. I am quicker on my feet and have a motor running all of the time. If I can run my 4.9 forty, it will be all good. My and Alex (Williams) were talking the other day. We are going to try and dominate up there."

O. Perry Walker's head coach, the school current Ole Miss commit Alex Williams attends, use to coach Drake's older brother, Darrell Nevis, when he was the QB at John Ehrett. Does Darrell give Drake any pointers in what to expect with the recruiting scene?

"Not really. He just told me to follow my heart, and that is what I did when I picked Ole Miss."

And what made Ole Miss so appealing for Drake?

"Education wise, they are good. They look after you. If you work hard, they have all of the tutors set up for you so you can make good grades. Their new facilities were also a factor. Everything has escalated up there. They have a nice locker room, and I like their uniforms too."

There were also a few more factors that played into Nevis' decision.

"They just recruit me differently than everyone else. Coach Wilson saw me play last year when he was scouting Kentrell Lockett and then Ricky Dixon when we played Destrahan. He told my coach after both games that he was going to do what ever it took to get me. They sent me an offer in the mail right after the Hahnville game last year. That meant a lot to me. It told me that they recognized my talent before everybody else."

Although Drake is firmly committed to the Rebels, he continues to hear from other colleges.

"I get letters everyday from pretty much all of the SEC schools. I get them from everywhere like Stanford, Illinois, North Carolina, and USM. They are the ones that are the most consistent and the SEC."

Drake Nevis will attend the scout combine in Oxford on April 30th.

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