Ole Miss has pieced together a rather impressive 2016 recruiting class because in large part of the additions of quarterback Shea Patterson (Bradenton, Fla.) and defensive tackle Benito Jones (Waynesboro, Miss.). As it stands, the Rebels boast the No. 8 recruiting class in the country, per 247Sports.com, one that includes 19 verbal commitments and one 5-star (Patterson) and seven 4-star prospects.
How many more recruits Ole Miss plans on taking in 2016, remains to be seen, but we took a look at some of the top remaining targets the Rebels need to sign to finish this class.
Drake Davis, 4-star WR, IMG Academy (Undecided)
- Resides: Bradenton, Fla.
- Ranking: No. 14 wide receiver in the country
- Measurements: 6-foot-4, 215 pounds
- Main schools competing for him: Ole Miss, LSU, Clemson and Texas A&M, among others
- Breakdown: Ole Miss sits atop Davis’ list as of now, and it’s hard to imagine any other school outside of LSU supplanting the Rebels. Nonetheless, Davis is a must-sign for Ole Miss, a program that is likely to lose Laquon Treadwell at the end of the season. At 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, Davis is college ready, and the thought of him continuing his relationship with current teammate and Ole Miss commit Shea Patterson at the next level could carry some weight heading into National Signing Day.
Willie Allen, 4-star OT, John Curtis (Undecided)
- Resides: New Orleans, La.
- Ranking: No. 10 tackle in the country
- Measurements: 6-foot-7, 305 pounds
- Main schools competing for him: Ole Miss, UGA, Alabama and LSU, among others
- Breakdown: Allen hasn’t taken any unofficial visits to Ole Miss this fall, but there is a chance he could take an official visit at the end of his senior season. He’s indicated to SEC Country he’s solely focused on his senior year, so we may not have an indication of where he’s leaning until sometime in December. This move makes sense because the Rebels will need some help on the offensive line with the likely departure of Laremy Tunsil at the end of the year, and Allen could help fill that void. He is a mountain of an offensive tackle and appears to be high on the Rebels’ big board.
Jeffery Simmons, 4-star DE, Noxubee County (Undecided)
- Resides: Macon, Miss.
- Ranking: No. 1 player in Mississippi
- Measurements: 6-foot-4, 262 pounds
- Main schools competing for him: Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn and Mississippi State, among others
- Breakdown: It appears to be a two-way race between Alabama and Ole Miss for Simmons, the top prospect in the state of Mississippi. Of course, that’s relatively good news for the Rebels, a program that doesn’t typically lose high-profile, local prospects to other SEC programs. At 6-foot-4 and 262 pounds, Simmons could give Ole Miss its fourth defensive lineman in next year’s class. He told SEC Country in a recent interview that he’ll likely schedule an official visit to Oxford, Miss., sometime this fall.
Deontay Anderson, 4-star DB, Manvel (Undecided)
- Resides: Manvel, Texas
- Ranking: No. 3 safety in the country
- Measurements: 6-foot-1, 192 pounds
- Main schools competing for him: Ole Miss, Alabama, Texas A&M and LSU, among others
- Breakdown: Anderson has been a frequent visitor to Oxford, Miss., and 247Sports.com has given the Rebels a 52 percent chance of landing him. Anderson, the No. 3 safety in the country, took an unofficial visit to Ole Miss on Sept. 10, which was followed by an official visit to the campus on Oct. 10. It should be noted that he has yet to schedule any of his other four allotted trips. Anderson is a dynamic playmaker and could provide the Ole Miss secondary with an immediate boost next year.
Gregory Little, 5-star OT, Allen (Undecided)
- Resides: Allen, Texas
- Ranking: No. 2 player in the country
- Measurements: 6-foot-5, 305 pounds
- Main schools competing for him: Ole Miss, Alabama, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Auburn, among others
- Breakdown: Ole Miss appears to have as much of a chance with Little as his several other suitors. Little, the No. 2 prospect in the country, has plug-in ability. At 6-foot-5 and 305 pounds, Little could potentially start in place of Tunsil next season, if needed. With that being said, the Rebels without question want to make a push for his services. Now, Little did push back his commitment date roughly a week so he could take in an official visit to Alabama, which could play a role in where he decides to commit. His fifth and final trip, however, will be to Ole Miss after his decision is made, which may or may not be a good thing for the Rebels.