Merry Christmas, Ole Miss fans!
The holiday season is upon us and people around the world are opening presents to see if they got that special something they wished for.
For Rebels coach Hugh Freeze, the wish list could be a mile long, but there are a few things in particular that he’d love to have in 2016.
Top-Five Recruiting Class
Freeze and company have been tearing it up on the recruiting trail, since arriving at Ole Miss. Everyone talks about the special 2013 class, but nothing may compare to the class the Rebels are putting together right now.
Ole Miss currently has the top recruiting class in the country, according to ESPN and Rivals.com. With a few weeks left before National Signing Day, Freeze would love to hold onto that top slot with a few commits from a star-studded list of targets, which includes 5-star defensive tackle Rashan Gary, 4-star defensive end Jeffrey Simmons, 4-star safety Deontay Anderson, 4-star wide receiver A.J. Brown, 4-star wide receiver Drake Davis and others.
Clean Bill of Health
The injury bug has played a role in Ole Miss falling out of the national championship conversation the past two seasons, and Freeze would certainly love to stay relatively injury-free next season.
In 2015, Ole Miss only played a couple of games with all four stars from the 2013 recruiting class. The Rebels are quickly trying to add depth, but a year without a laundry list of injuries would go a long way in Ole Miss taking the next step as a program.
No Off-Field Drama
Whether it be NCAA or police related, Freeze certainly wants a season free of off-field issues causing problems in the locker room.
In 2015, it started with left tackle Laremy Tunsil’s feud with his step-father and turned into a big NCAA investigation that ultimately saw Ole Miss’ best player sidelined for seven games.
Towards the latter part of the year, the Nkemdiche brothers garnered headlines with poor off-field choices that ultimately ended their collegiate careers.
Freeze and his staff arguably dealt with more off-field problems than any other program in the country, and no one is hoping for a drama-free season in 2016 more than Freeze.