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Mathers: ‘I’m 100 percent sure this time’

BLOG: I’Tavius Mathers is once again verbally committed to Ole Miss.

Earlier today, the Blackman High (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) standout running back said he has re-committed to the Rebels after briefly de-committing last week.

While he was weighing his options, Mathers said Vanderbilt, North Carolina, South Carolina and Auburn, his dream school growing up, showed the most interest.

During a brief phone interview tonight, Mathers said that it was his in-home visit with re-hired Ole Miss running backs coach Derrick Nix that helped him decide on the Rebels.

“Coach Nix came to my house on Saturday and he showed me film on the offense and I pictured myself in it,” Mathers said. “We talked for a while and then after he left I told my dad that I wanted to recommit and I was 100 percent sure this time.”

Mathers said Ole Miss’ coaching change wasn’t completely at fault for him de-committing. He said he wasn’t sure he fit into new coach Hugh Freeze‘s offense from watching videos on YouTube.

Nix’s visit on Saturday helped quell any doubt Mathers had, so much so that he cancelled all of his official visits to other universities. Instead, Mathers said he only plans to visit Ole Miss on Jan. 20.

Mathers can officially sign with Ole Miss on National Signing Day on Feb. 1.

Mathers is considered a 4-star recruit and the No. 16 running back nationally by Rivals.com. Scout.com considers Mathers a 3-star recruit and has him ranked as the No. 36 running back in the country.

As a junior, Mathers was named Tennessee’s Gatorade Player of the Year after rushing for2,614 yards and 29 touchdowns. Mathers rushed for 2,253 yards and 27 scores this season.

Below is a highlight video of Mathers from 2010:

And from 2011:

Be sure to check out Tuesday’s print edition Oxford EAGLE for more on Mathers’ decision.

SPEARMAN SAYS GOODBYE TO REBELS: Ike Spearman (St. Johns, Ind.) has told the Rebels he is no longer committed to the program according to the good folks of the Rivals.com network.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound linebacker had committed to Ole Miss in October. (January 9, 2012)

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