- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 2, 2011

OXFORD, MISS. (AP) - Mississippi coach Houston Nutt said football recruit Floyd Raven’s mother signed his letter of intent and that the highly regarded cornerback will not be attending the university.

Nutt declined to get into specifics, but says Raven’s “mom really wanted him (at Ole Miss). Mom wanted him here in the worst way.”

Raven played his high school football at East St. John High School in Reserve, La.

A person familiar with the situation at Ole Miss says Raven plans to sign with Texas A&M. The person spoke with The Associated Press Wednesday on condition of anonymity because Texas A&M hadn’t publicly announced Raven’s signing.


Alan Cannon, the Texas A&M associate athletic director for media relations, says the school had not received a letter of intent from Raven Wednesday afternoon.

Mississippi athletic spokesman Kyle Campbell said the school had not determined if Raven’s mother signed the letter of intent. But after having trouble reading the first version sent by fax machine, the school requested another, and Raven declined.

Raven did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Nutt said he considered the incident finished and wanted to focus on his incoming class. Ole Miss announced 22 signees on Wednesday.

“I want them to want to be here,” Nutt said. “The one thing I know about the other guys’ signatures that (our coaches) received is that they want to be here. We’ll leave it at that. Good luck to him.”