Isaac Nauta had seen it all on his first two official visits — the facilities, campus life and the coaching staffs.
What had been missing from each of those visits, though, was a win. The consensus No. 1 tight end in the country was 0-for-2 in that category prior to his official visit to Ole Miss on Saturday, when the Rebels topped Texas A&M, 23-3.
“Obviously, Ole Miss got a win,” said Nauta, a 5-star from IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.). “The fans were happy, the coaches were happy and the players were happy, so, that’s always a good deal.”
Added Nauta: “If you win, as a coach, there is a lot less pressure (off) your mind and you’re able to relax with your official visitors. A win or loss isn’t going to deter me from a certain school. But as far as the whole atmosphere and the mood of the official, it definitely helps to get a win.”
The 6-foot-4, 237-pound senior made the trek to Oxford, Miss., with teammates Jack Wegher and Shea Patterson. Unsurprisingly, Patterson, one of Ole Miss’ top commits, has recruited Nauta heavily since he arrived at IMG Academy.
“He’s been on me since he got here about taking an official to Ole Miss,” Nauta said. “Him and I are really tight, really good friends. Ole Miss has been one of my top schools and they’ve been in it for a while. Shea definitely helped out the whole situation.”
Nauta’s remaining two official visits will be to TCU (Nov. 27) and Alabama (TBD). He is rated as the No. 10 player in the country.
— Shea Patterson (@SheaPatterson_1) October 24, 2015