Cody Prewitt was born in Bay Springs, Mississippi on December 31, 1992. A safety for the Ole Miss Rebels, he enjoyed an excellent junior season in 2013 and was subsequently selected as a first team All-American by the Associated Press.
During his youth, Prewitt attended Sylva Bay Academy, where he was coached by Chad Odom and carved out a reputation as one of the best high school football players in the state of Mississippi. As a senior, he helped the school to a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools state semi final appearance and a 12-1 record. Over the duration of the season, he had 121 tackles and eight interceptions and received first team All-State selection from the MAIS.
After committing to the University of Mississippi, Prewitt featured in all 12 games during the 2011 season as a true freshman, starting four of them. Throughout the year, he contributed 32 tackles in total, with 18 solo tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery.
In his sophomore year, Prewitt played in all 13 games for the team, starting all of them and finished the season with 80 tackles, which ranked second on the team. A total of 44 of his tackles were solo efforts, while he also managed five tackles for a loss, two interceptions and 1.5 sacks. At the end of the year, College Football News named him as an honorable mention Sophomore All-American.
Prewitt went on to enjoy an excellent season as a junior, in which he registered 71 tackles, including a career-best 50 solo tackles. He managed six interceptions, which was the highest total recorded by any SEC player in 2013 and the seventh highest tally in the nation. He also led the team with 13 passes defended. Prewitt's average of 1.0 passes defended per game ranked 5th in the SEC, while he led the conference for interceptions per game, with 0.46. As a result of his performances, he was named as a first team All-American by multiple selectors, including the Associated Press and USA Today. In the process, he became the first Ole Miss safety to be selected to the first team in 40 years.
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