August 27, 2010

Brassell drawing attention

While high school football in most states begins this weekend, many schools in Mississippi began their season last week, including powerhouse South Panola. One of the top prospects out the perennial power program this season is athlete Nickalos Brassell, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound playmaker who lines up at wide receiver, running back and Wildcat at various times on offense. While Brassell didn't put up tremendous stats in the season opener, his presence was felt on the field and had a major affect on South Panola's offensive success.

"We started our season last week," Brassell said. "I only had three catches in the game but we won 38-0 so I was very happy. I saw a lot of double-teams, which I think I'll probably be seeing more of this season, but it created more opportunities for my teammates and they stepped up and made plays. If that's a way I can help my team, I'm all for it."

When it comes to recruiting, Brassell has decided that after a busy summer, he'll be taking it slow for the next several months and put the process on hold while he focuses on his senior season and his academic work.

"I've been so focused on the season for the last few weeks that I haven't really been very involved with recruiting. I'm kind of taking a step back from the process during the season even though I'll still keep in touch with all the coaches who are recruiting me. I really want to wait until all the excitement of the fall settles down before I start dealing with recruiting more closely."

"I haven't been talking too much with anybody lately but I have kept in touch with Alabama, Ole Miss and Mississippi State a pretty good bit. Right now, everybody is still involved and still on the table but it's good that those schools are continuing to show me some attention."

While Brassell will be taking it slow on the recruiting trail, he does plan on taking some unofficial visits to games throughout the season, beginning with Ole Miss' season opener.

"I know I'm going to Ole Miss for their first game but I haven't really made any plans other than that. I will definitely get around to a few games this season but I won't be able to really decide which ones until later when I see how my plans are shaking out for that weekend."

As a junior, Brassell hauled in 63 receptions for 1,272 yards and 16 touchdowns.

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