Visiting Ole Miss just seems different. The prospects are higher rated. The prospects are more impressed.
For instance, take Bobby Billingsley's opinion into account. The offensive lineman from Memphis (Tenn.) East said a trip to Oxford this weekend felt like an official visit.
"I felt lots of love from the players, fans and staff more than ever before. I felt like I was a part of the family," Billingsley said after the Rebels' 41-24 win over arch-rival Mississippi State.
Clearly, Billingsley sees the class that the Rebels are building. Ole Miss is in the running for the nation's No. 1 prospect, Robert Nkemdiche from Loganville (Ga.) Grayson, and the nation's No. 1 receiver, Laquon Treadwell from Crete (Ill.) Montroe.
"It's really good," Billingsley said of the 2013 class. "I think after the big commitment they're waiting on it'll be a domino effect with a lot of other high profile prospects."
Billingsley said that potential "big commitment" was indeed Nkemdiche.
Not going to UCLA doesn't mean that Bobby Billingsley doesn't have interest in the school.
The versatile offensive lineman said he didn't take the prescheduled trip earlier this month so he could focus on his college entrance exams. The Los Angeles visit, he said, will take place in January.
Eventually the trip could be significant. Billingsley has said he would likely commit if offered by the Bruins. Billingsley's teammate, offensive tackle Christian Morris, is committed to UCLA but has shown interest in other schools. Morris has said he's actively recruiting Billingsley to UCLA.