Nutt cited high school cutbacks as a reason some of the aforementioned group were unable to attend their respective summer sessions.
Instead, the no-shows had to finish up their needed coursework for admittance later in the summer.
"I feel good about it," Nutt said. "I feel good about the ones that are not here right now. I feel real good about those guys being qualified. Eventually, they'll be here."
Nutt said running back Eric Mitchell is the only 2010 signee sure not to make it to campus for his freshman season. The third-year head coach is hoping the others will report Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.
Nutt: ‘I'll have a contract with him'
Nutt was well aware of what was on the minds of many as he stepped to the podium.
He didn't shy away from it. Within the first two minutes of his opening remarks, he opened up on the addition of former Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, who led the Ducks to the Rose Bowl last season, and was listed among those who reported Friday afternoon.
Nutt has endured his share of praise and criticism for the move. But following a meticulous, drawn out re-recruitment of the much-maligned talent, the gamble was well worth the risk.
"I'll have a contract with him," Nutt said. "He understands it will be zero tolerance and he has to do what's right. We're excited that he's here with us now."
Nutt said the team signed off on Masoli, including starting quarterback Nathan Stanley. Stanley understood the reasoning behind it, considering he was one of only two scholarship quarterbacks on campus in the spring, and was forced to practice every day, even with injury.
"We have a good thing going," Nutt said. "It would have been real simple for me to say, ‘OK, let's just keep what we got and hope nobody gets hurt.' The bottom line is I have an obligation to these players, this team and our fans. I just felt like this was a very, very big decision. You had to bring another quarterback in.
"Doing all the research, I just felt like this was important and the right thing to do at this time. You can argue both ways. I understand that. But I have to be oblivious to that. This is about our team. Sometimes it's not always a feel-good decision, but I feel good about this."
Masoli won't be made available to the media for a few more days. Masoli still has to receive an NCAA waiver regarding the one-year residency requirement. Regardless, he's available for the team's first practice Sunday.
When asked of Masoli's conditioning, Nutt was non-committable. Nutt figures it's "probably not very good," noting the uncharacteristically host temperatures in Oxford as further reason for caution.
"This has been the hottest it's been seen I've been here," he said. "I'm very concerned about that. It's different heat, as you all know. We've got to watch him. He hasn't been in organized ball in a long time."
The Return of Tig:
After lengthy discussions with Ole Miss athletic director Pete Boone, Nutt has reinstated oft-troubled safety/running back Darius "Tig" Barksdale.
Nutt has been pleased with Barksdale's commitment to the classroom, as well as his work in the strength and conditioning program. Nutt met with Boone, who signed off on Barksdale's return to the team. Barksdale missed all of the 2009 season due to undisclosed medical issues.
Nutt said he's always envisioned Barksdale as a tailback, but that Barksdale is keen on remaining at safety.
"I'm not really so much concerned about his position, as him keeping on taking those steps," Nutt said. "He's been doing that. I'm proud of that."