Vols 'snoop' for wideout

One of the South's elite receiver prospects is eager to check out the University of Tennessee campus. South Panola High School in Batesville Mississippi is known for producing great football talent. Go "Inside" to get the latest on Brassell's recruitment.

Nickolas Brassell, a 6-2, 177-pounder with 4.4 speed, caught 62 passes for 1,272 yards and 15 touchdowns last fall as a junior at South Panola High of Batesville, Miss. He recorded 10 tackles in three games at cornerback, converting two interceptions into touchdowns. Also a special-teams standout, he posted three kickoff returns and two punt returns for scores last season.

Rated a 4-star prospect by Scout.com, Brassell said he already has "over 20" scholarship offers, including Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Oklahoma and Southern Cal.

Nicknamed "Snoop," he says he enjoys playing defense just as much as offense.

"There ain't no favorite," he said. "I can play either one. I like both."

Tennessee's coaches apparently feel the lanky speedster has the versatility to help in a number of ways.

"They just say I'll play wherever I'd rather play the most," he said.

Brassell is being recruited by UT recruiting coordinator/secondary coach Terry Joseph.

"He came down here to school but I was testing and couldn't get to see him," Brassell explained. "I've talked to him on the phone."

Brassell has not yet spoken with Vol head coach Derek Dooley but is eager to meet him and check out UT's facilities.

"I'm planning to visit whenever I get a chance to," the player said. "I may come up for a camp this summer."

Brassell said his strengths are "great hands, quick off the ball, quick out of my breaks. On defense, I can break on the ball and cover a man one on one. I really can do a lot of things."

One thing he can't do - at least for now - is narrow 20-plus scholarship offers to a few favorites.

"I'm wide open," he said.

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