Trawick nearing decision

Brynden Trawick

Brynden Trawick is waiting to get a report on his final grades at Northeast Mississippi Community College before taking the next step in his well-traveled collegiate football career.

That could come this week. Signs indicate his next step could be Ole Miss.

The 6-foot-2, 213-pound safety visited the Oxford campus over the weekend.

"Everything was good," said the Marietta, Ga., native. "It was a good visit. They showed us around. Everything was nice. I'd been there before."

He also had been recruited by Ole Miss defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix when Nix was at South Carolina. Trawick was a high school player at Sprayberry High School. But ultimately Trawick chose Michigan State where he became unhappy with the situation.

"It just was not a good fit for me," he said.

So he left, and rather than sitting out a year or transferring to a lower level, Trawick landed at Northeast in Booneville.

"Northeast has been good, but I'm ready to start over again at a university," said Trawick after his visit this past weekend.

Ole Miss, Troy, and Toledo are his final three choices. The Rebels appear to have the inside track.

"It's a chance to come in and play early on defense," he said of the Ole Miss situation. "I would be there in the spring and get to learn everything. By the season it would be second nature."

The Rebels are looking for improvement on defense. Ole Miss struggled all season on that side of the ball and it cost them nearly every Saturday in a 4-8 campaign.

Trawick, at age 21, believes his maturity and experience are keys to what he can bring to the Rebel program.

"I've been there (Division I-A) and I've played a lot of football," said Trawick, who since leaving Michigan State also considered Mississippi State, Kentucky, South Florida, Memphis, and Louisiana-Lafayette, among other schools. "I'm older now and can bring leadership to the table. I want to be a leader on defense."

Trawick also played some receiver in high school and in junior college but feels he is being recruited solely as a defensive player. He likes the Ole Miss coaches and also that he had earlier contact with Nix.

"When he was at South Carolina and I was in high school, he recruited me," Trawick said. "So I've known him a while. That's a positive thing for me."

He also said the current Ole Miss players provided knowledge on the coaching staff.

"The players said they are hard but fair coaches who get you right and ready for the games," Trawick said.

Now Trawick simply waits for a few days until those final junior college grades are posted.

"I will call them (Ole Miss coaches) and let them know when I get them," he said of his grades from the fall. "And they'll be keeping in touch."

Then will he become a Rebel? Signs appear to point that way. A decision on his future isn't far away for Brynden Trawick.




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