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December 4, 2005
Free Read: Rebels bolt to front for Massey
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How did Jonathan Massey's official visit go this weekend? Massey said that his visit couldn't have gone much better that the four-star prospect learned a lot of new things about Ole Miss.
"The visit was great," Massey said Sunday. "I didn't realize how many tight ends that Ole Miss has put in the NFL. I didn't realize that's where (former Carolina Panther great) Wesley Walls went to school along with a couple of others. That's great news for me."
While Massey entered this weekend's visit with a few reservations, mainly due to the recent coaching changes, all of those things were cleared up this weekend.
"Coach (Ed) Orgeron let me know that he was in the process of finding the right offensive coordinator and that hopefully he would be in place by Christmas," Massey said. "I feel a lot better about the situation after sitting down with Coach O and watching film, He said that whoever the offensive coordinator was that Ole Miss would utilize the tight end, probably more than they did this year."
Massey was also concerned with the fact that Matt Luke was departing the staff, someone who he had become very close to during the recruiting process.
"Coach O said that he was probably going to move up someone who is already on the staff for Luke's position," Massey said. "I have complete faith in Coach Orgeron to make the right decisions and those things aren't issues for me anymore."
Massey has been to the Ole Miss campus several times, but he never noticed how beautiful the campus was.
"The campus is so beautiful this time of year, with the leaves changing and everything," Massey said. "My parents didn't realize how great the facilities at Ole Miss were. They fell in love with the campus, facilities and the coaching staff."
Something else that impressed both Massey and his parents was the academic situation at Ole Miss.
"I knew Ole Miss had a great academic reputation, but we learned a lot more about it this weekend," Massey said. "I would give my experience on this trip a 10, it couldn't have gone any better from my prospective."
Massey explained one reason he didn't commit to the Rebel on this trip that he wants to make sure that he is making the right decision.
"There is no doubt that I will take my other three visits," Massey said. "I want to have something to compare Ole Miss to, the other schools will have to pull out the big guns if they want to out do Ole Miss. I want to take all my visits. I don't want to have any regret on my final decision."
Massey said he got to spend a lot of time with recruits from around the state and country.
"We had a blast," Massey said. "I didn't realize Oxford is a lot bigger than I first thought. I got to spend a lot of time with some of the other recruits, everyone that I spoke to loved it at Ole Miss as much as I did."
Although he didn't commit to the Rebels this weekend, Massey did admit that Ole Miss moved up as his leader.
"They have always been up there," Massey said. "They are now the leader in my books."