Ole Miss has started 4-0 for the second straight season. Prior to last year, the Rebels had not started a season with four straight wins since 1970.
Coach Hugh Freeze attributed a big part of the program’s turnaround to the 2013 recruiting class. Laremy Tunsil, Robert Nkemdiche and Laquon Treadwell were the big names of that recruiting class for the Rebels, but Freeze says it is the depth of that class that has Ole Miss winning games.
“Everybody talks about Laremy, Robert and Laquon but there is so much more to that class of guys that weren’t highly recruited kids that have become really, really solid good players for us,” Freeze said during Wednesday’s SEC teleconference.
“It’s nice to have those guys that are rated that high, but there is no way those guys could do it alone, and it has taken some of those unheralded ones like Evan Engram, Robert Conyers, Channing Ward, Tony Conner was highly recruited also, Kailo Moore. Some of those guys that are playing a lot of snaps and doing some really nice things. That was part of what turned things around for sure, but it takes more than just one recruiting class.”
With the exception of Ward, the other seven players Freeze mentioned were a part of the 2013 recruiting class.
In many ways, the Ole Miss and Florida matchup this Saturday will be a battle of No. 1 recruits from 2013. Nkemdiche, Tunsil, Treadwell and Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III were each ranked the best prospect at their individual position coming out of high school.
— Parrish Alford (@parrishalford) September 30, 2015