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Ole Miss ads legacy offensive lineman, Nic Cantu, to 2018 recruiting class

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Matt Luke and Ole Miss wasn’t quite done rounding out its 2018 recruiting class. Over the last weekend in March, the Rebels added an Ole Miss legacy in offensive lineman Nic Cantu, the son of former Rebels offensive lineman Lorenzo (Herkey) Cantu.

Cantu will enroll in Oxford this summer as a preferred walk-on.

“I was committed to Memphis, in fact, I committed to Memphis about two days before my visit to Ole Miss,” Cantu told GN. “I wasn’t going to go because I was already committed, but my dad told me to show respect to them and go.

“As soon as I came in the coaches showed me so much hospitality and I just fell in love with the facilities and the coaches. I also went to practice and met some of the players and it just really felt like home after that.”

Cantu, (6-feet-5, 290 pounds) from Memphis Christian Brothers, is excited for the opportunity to be able to compete in the SEC.

“It really sunk in when I talked to my dad because he played there and he was really excited about the SEC part because he knew I could play in that league,” Cantu said. “All of my high school coaches have also said I can play in that conference.

“I’m just really excited to be able to play against the best in the country.”

Cantu, before even meeting Rebels head coach Matt Luke, knew they would have a special bond.

“It’s been great because my dad played with Tom Luke, who is Coach Luke’s brother, and as soon as I met Coach (Matt) Luke it was like a match made-in-heaven. I really just like him as a coach and as a person.”

What type of player is Ole Miss getting in Cantu?

“I just like to play physical,” Cantu said. “I feel like if I’m on that field and someone decides to line up in front of me, I’m going to want to make them not want to line up in front of me again. I want to move them from point A to point B as best as I can.

“I like to be real physical and road-grade especially when I go through a hole, to make sure it opens up and to make sure no one else is there.”

Cantu was high school teammates with 2019 four-star defensive end Bill Norton who recently committed to Georgia as well as 2018 offensive tackle Ryan Winkel who signed with Arkansas in February.

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