Defensive Lineman Talks Commitment

Defensive Lineman Talks Commitment

Defensive tackles are at a premium in recruiting, and Southern Miss has landed a big one in Rakeem Nunez. The Alabama lineman talked with GoldenEaglePride.com about his commitment and his desire to get to campus and get to work for the Golden Eagles.

Rakeem Nunez profile

Nunez had several offers on the table, but an official visit to Southern Miss was all it took to help him make that huge decision.

"You see some of the similarities of Southern Miss to the other schools that I have visited," he said. "But, when I was just walking around campus, I felt this connection that the players and coaches have."

"It is a family here, and I love that family feeling," he added.

The tradition of the school also played a major factor in his decision. "Oh yeah, just that tradition and the fans who support them had a major impact."

"Also, the counselors and the focus on the student athletes really stood out to me," he added. "It was just the whole picture and more than just football that made me want to be a Golden Eagle."

Nunez got excited when asked about how he saw himself fitting in to that Southern Miss defense. "I feel like I can contribute a lot," he said. "I want to come in right away, and break some records while I am there. Most sacks, most tackles, I am coming to play right away."

He plans to get a jump on next season by graduating in December, and enrolling at USM in the spring semester. "I can't wait to be a part of spring ball, you know I am coming," he said.

"I was able to hang out and laugh with the other commits at the Marshall game, and I can't wait to come in and dominate with those guys," he said. "We are going to be tight knit group, and they were all pushing for me to go ahead and commit."

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