December 7, 2010

Four-star ATH still deliberating college choice

MOBILE, Ala. -- Nickalos Brassell just won another state championship.

Brassell's South Panola team was ranked No. 1 in the country by Rivals.com going into last Friday's state title win over Meridian, and the Tigers are the prohibitive favorite to claim the national championship.

This week, Brassell is in Mobile, Ala., preparing with Team Mississippi for Saturday's Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The topic of conversation, however, is not South Panola's remarkable season.

Instead, several of the prospects who have given verbal commitments to Mississippi State are trying to convince some of their teammates this week to join them in Starkville. Brassell, ranked by Rivals.com as the top player in Mississippi and the No. 47 prospect nationally, is committed to the Bulldogs, but his mind is anything but made up.

"There's really a long time between here and February," Brassell said. "Things can change. I'm committed to State right now, but I'm not 100 percent."

After Tuesday morning's practice at UMS-Wright Preparatory School, several of the Bulldogs' commitments tried to get Brassell and Madison, Miss., four-star wide receiver Tobias Singleton to pose for a group photo. Singleton laughed and moved away from the assembly. Brassell continued conducting interviews with various media outlets.

"A lot of the guys who are here who are going to State are talking to me and Tobias about it and sticking with it or whatever," Brassell said. "We're just not worried about the recruiting right now. We're just out here to compete and have fun.

"When things first got out about me committing to State, it was all over the Internet and then it came on TV and it was just a lot of pressure coming from everywhere. I really just did it to get it over with. I was just thinking it would be done. A lot of pressure is coming at me from different directions. I just have to be strong with it."

Brassell said he is considering Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas and LSU, but it's clear Mississippi State and Ole Miss are his favorites. He said he'll make a "final"decision public at the Jan. 8 U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio.

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