PK Andrew Ritter meets with Ole Miss

Scout.com's #13 nationally rated kicker took in an unofficial visit to the University of Mississippi while the Rebels were preparing for their Cotton Bowl appearance.

"Coach Nutt called me earlier that week and invited me and my dad to come meet with him," added Andrew Ritter. "We wanted to see how the practices are so we could get a feel on what it would be like if I were to go to school there. We got up early in the morning, drove to Oxford, and we met with Coaches Jones and Shibest as soon as we arrived. We walked around a little while and met some more of the coaches."

Andrew and his father then met with the special team's coach, James Shibest, for a private meeting.

"We went over to his office and had a good talk for about 15 minutes. We came down from his office and hung out with the team while they were having lunch."

The Jackson Aca place kicker had been waiting on a scholarship offer from the Rebels and this issue was resolved during the one on one meeting.

"They were kind of going over everything. They laid it out there for me because we have not had a chance to really talk about it that much. They wanted to save some of the stuff for my official visit, like the academic things, so our conversation was mainly about the whole scholarship thing. My dad does not want me to into full details, but it is pretty much a full scholarship. I am happy with it, and my family is at peace with it, but dad does not want me to go into full details about it."

Does the offer from Ole Miss put them on the same footing with Arkansas and USM, who both offered Andrew a full scholarship?

"Yes, I am looking at all of the schools the same, scholarship wise. After talking to Coach Nutt, that is the way I am looking at it. I am not looking at any of the schools money wise. I am just going to the school that best fits me."

Andrew took in an official visit to Arkansas this month and came away impressed.

"I like their facilities. They are really nice. This was my first time to ever step foot on their campus, so I really did not know what to expect. They have top notch facilities, and their business school is ranked #24 in the country. That is important to me. It is up in the mountains, which is pretty cool. I got to hang out with the players, and I got along great with the coaches. It was really for me to get a feel for everything. I enjoyed it."

Where does the 6' 4", 190 pounder visit next?

"I am going to USM on January 9th and Ole Miss January 16th."

What stands out about USM?

"I have only been down there for a game, so I do not have that good of a feel for the school, but I have built a real good relationship with Coaches Hughes and Fedora. They call every week, and we get along very well. That is a big draw for me. Also, my good friend, Will Martin, is going to school there. That is a big plus. I am just looking forward to getting down there and seeing what it is all about."

Anymore colleges in the picture?

"I am hearing from LSU and that is about it."

Any talks about setting up an official visit to LSU?

"Yes, we are talking about it, but we have not lined it up yet."

Ritter will look at a few factors when making a decision.

"I just want to go to the place I feel the most comfortable and where I fit in best with their coaches. That is the most important part to me, how well I fit in with their coaches. I will also look at the academic side of it."

Ritter kicked 50 of his 51 kickoffs for touchbacks this season and made four field goals from over 50 yards.

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