With the departure of Outland Trophy finalist Michael Oher, head coach Houston Nutt hit the recruiting trail in search of a big body to fill some big shoes.
He found it in 6-foot-8, 330 pound offensive tackle Bobby Massie.
"I'm where I wanted to be," Massie said. "Coaches Nutt and Markuson have changed things in the SEC and I want to help them win a national championship."
When did he know of his decision?
"I knew ever since my visit," he continued. "I knew that's where I wanted to be."
Massie is a huge get for the Rebels' 2009 signing class, as the big o-lineman has been described as one of the best linemen to come through Hargrave Military Academy in quite some time by head coach Robert Prunty.
Massie was the top overall player in the prep school ranks, but was also one of the more coveted prospects in the country at any level.
"Bobby is just an unbelievable player," Prunty said. "There is no question he is the whole package, and that is why he is the number one ranked player in the prep league this year."
The four-star from Chatham, Va. could see immediate playing time for the Red and Blue, with the departure of Oher, utility man Darryl Harris and right guard Maurice Miller.
"He is just so powerful, massive, and he is so good at the point of attack," added Prunty. "He is probably the best left tackle I have seen come through here, and that is saying a lot."
Massie picks Ole Miss over Alabama and North Carolina.
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