Peoria, Ill., defensive lineman Josh Augusta has held a solid top four for several months, but in recent weeks Ole Miss has pushed their way into his top group and this weekend the three-star prospect made his first official visit to Oxford to see the Rebels.
"It went great and was worth the drive," Augusta said. "I wanted to go down there and see how the SEC gets down. I really liked it a lot, liked the academics and how they explained it and I liked all of it."
Augusta made the trip with his mother, and both came away impressed with Ole Miss. They also had any lingering concerns about the school assuaged.
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"I think a couple weeks ago people were saying they had a riot down there, but when I went down there I talked to the players and asked them what happened with that," Augusta said. "They said it wasn't how the newspapers said it was and they said they all get along together."
Augusta and his mother drove down to Ole Miss on Friday and stayed through Sunday. He had multiple player-hosts and credited the Rebels players with helping him gain insight on the program.
"I asked them how are the coaches, why do they like Ole Miss and I asked them why I should come there," Augusta said.
The trip to Ole Miss was Augusta's first official visit of the recruiting process, but will not be his last. He is scheduled to visit Missouri on Dec. 7 and Illinois on Jan. 18. The Tigers have been Augusta's leader for much of the fall.
"Mizzou is still No. 1 for me," Augusta said. "It goes Mizzou, Michigan State, Ole Miss and UofI. I haven't set up [an official visit] with Michigan State yet."