How did the trip go?
"It was just your regular
visit," added Heath Blount. They showed us around with their ambassador.
Coach Nutt addressed all of the recruits, and we watched the team warm up on the
field. Coach Markuson came over and shook my hand. I stayed until the 4th quarter,
and then the game kind of got out of hand, so we took off to beat the traffic.
I got over there around noon and hung out in the Grove with some friends who go
to school there."
The 6' 5", 295 pound left tackle grew up going
to Ole Miss football games, but that was as a fan, not as a recruit.
when I went down there for a game, I was just going over there as a fan. But this
trip was a lot different. You are down there to maybe be a player for them some
day. The atmosphere, facilities, you learn what they do before the game. I was
seeing like I would be if I were in a helmet. You take it in like that."
at through a player's view; what did Blount observe?
"If I was a player,
walking through the Grove, 60, 000 at the game and there are twice that much as
that in the Grove. All eyes are on you. It is a pretty cool feeling. The biggest
crowd I played in was at ICC. It blows my mind thinking about what it would be
like walking through the Grove down the Walk of Champions and then headed to that
stadium. It would be pretty exciting."
When Blount arrived at the
game; what was he keying in on?
"I had the mindset that I was going
to watch the left tackles. At Arkansas, they had a little different offensive
system. They are more pass oriented now with Coach Austin being there. I saw how
much fun it would be to play in that system, with the Wild Rebel, and (Michael)
Oher was just fun to watch. He as so impressive."
What was Heath expecting
before he went to the game?
"I did not know what to expect. Coach
Markuson told me how he coached, and I saw that he was completely honest with
me. That is what stood out to me the most. . I was sitting really close to the
sideline, so I got a good look at how he treated his players during the game.
It was exactly like he told me he coached. His players have that drive, but the
coaches treat them with respect and are open to suggestions. It is a give and
take with their staff. I like that."
The overall atmosphere also got
"The atmosphere, you can tell it has completely
changed from last year. Everybody was just so into the game. They stayed into
well into the 4th quarter when it was a blowout. They stayed loud, real loud all
the way until the end. Some schools may have more fans, but they are not louder
than Ole Miss'."
Blount is taking his visit tour to MSU this weekend.
want to get to at least one MSU and one USM game before I go visit the out of
state schools. I am going to try and take an unofficial visit to MSU this weekend
and USM in a couple of weeks. I like the unofficial visits because there is no
pressure on you and you can just sit back and observe. All three state schools
(MSU, OM, USM) have been calling and showing a lot of interest in me, so I want
to see what they all have to offer before I make my decision."
are some of the out of state programs involved?
"Arkansas and Kansas State have been calling recently. They want me to come up there and take a visit."
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