Brassell Still "Pretty Open"

The #9-ranked wide receiver in the nation, Nicholas Brassell from Mississippi, is still "pretty open," and while you think it'd be tough to get him out of the south, the talented prospect says he wants to take a visit out west...

Nickolas Brassell, the 6-foot-1, 176-pound four-star wide receiver/defensive back from South Panola High School in Batesville, Miss., attended camps at both Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

"They're both great programs," Brassell said. "I like that Ole Miss will have a big year. They've got a lot of talent and I can see them going far."

He says he believes Mississippi State has shown improvement as well. "They're coming up," he said about the Bulldogs. "They'll be a very good team in the next few years."

Brassell, ranked as the No. 9 wide receiver in the country by, still denies a leader but favors Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee and UCLA. All have offered.

"I'm still pretty open," he said. "I'll try and give everyone that has offered me a look."

He says he'd like to decide during his senior season. "I just want a place I can call home," he said.

Brassell says that Alabama is recruiting him the hardest. "I think they can win it all again," he said about the Tide. "They've got a lot of guys coming back and have great coaches. They'll be competing for the national championship for a while."

He already has plans to attend the Alabama/Penn State game on Sept. 11 in Tuscaloosa. "But that's not an official visit," he said. "I'm just going to the game."

He doesn't have any official trips scheduled yet.

Two schools that Brassell admits he's considering taking official visits to in the fall are Tennessee and UCLA.

"The new coaches (at Tennessee) are great," he said about the Vols staff. "I'm eager to take a visit there and get a feel for everything. I've never been there before, but I've heard great things about the stadium and campus and just need to see it all for myself."

He's never been to California either. "UCLA seems very interested," he said about the Bruins. "I'd love to go there and see what it's like. I've heard the campus is really nice and it's in a good location.

"They think that I'd be able to contribute early there," he said. "They said they like me at both receiver and defensive back and that it's my choice."

South Panola High School opens their 2010 season on Aug. 21 at Petal High School.

Brassell reports a 2.8 core GPA. He says he did not take the ACT on June 12 as originally planned and will take the test in October for the first time.

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