Despite a subpar season, Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt signed 8 of the Clarion-Ledger’s Dandy Dozen including 5-star linebacker C.J. Johnson.
Nutt said the top 5 players in the state of Mississippi signed with the Rebels and he credited “the Mississippi mothers.”
Nutt explained, “The mother is a special, special lady. I don’t think sometimes husbands know what they do. They don’t understand. They usually do the raising. They play both roles. They’re working, raising, training, nurturing, mentoring, counseling. Most of them played father roles, so I have an awesome respect for mothers. It ought to be the title of tomorrow’s headlines. I say the mothers of Mississippi are the MVPs. They are the MVPs. You build that relationship with them. They believe in us…even when we had our worst season.”
“Who is going to take care of their son? Who is going to really watch them? Recruiting talk is easy, but it’s about your body of work.”
"Nobody gave us a chance to get any of these guys. All of a sudden you look around and we about got them all.”
"I felt like the more you got into those living rooms and the more feedback I got from the mothers, the more I got around the conversation of trust, relationship and commitment. They felt like they knew where we were going and they wanted to do it here in Mississippi, to win a championship. They were hungry for home."
Ole Miss hosts BYU in the season-opener. Other non-conference games include Southern Illinois, at Fresno State, and LA Tech.