Ole Miss recruiting snapshot: Rebels seek first commit in 2018 class
Ole Miss wrapped up practices this past week, concluding with its annual Grove Bowl. With the drills done and the pads put away from the time being, coach Hugh Freeze will go back to recruiting full-time, which will go a long way towards allaying some trepidation about a Rebels 2018 class that seeks its first commit in the current cycle.
We break down the latest in Ole Miss’ 2018 recruiting efforts.
Where Ole Miss’ 2018 recruiting class ranks
Ole Miss is one of two SEC teams that are not ranked in 247Sports composite rankings because it has zero commits in its 2018 class (Missouri is the other). Freeze’s program is coming off a year in which the Rebels’ 2017 class ranked No. 30 in the nation and No. 12 in the SEC.
Who are Ole Miss’ top commitments?
It appears that Ole Miss won’t go unranked for long. Freeze has a tendency to tweet the word “Yahtzee” when landing a big-time recruit. The sixth-year coach tweeted out that very thing on last Thursday, indicating that a prospect had just agreed to bring his talents to Oxford. The name has remained private for the time being, however.
The "RESURGANCE" has begun!! YAHTZEE pic.twitter.com/MIpqrRwf7L
— Hugh Freeze (@CoachHughFreeze) April 7, 2017
Who committed to Ole Miss this week?
A lack of commits doesn’t mean Freeze and his staff aren’t diligently pursuing recruits. The school was set to have 12 players attend its annual spring game. Half of those prospects are considered 4-star recruits per 247Sports. Among them were:
- Christopher Oats, OLB
- Lawrence Keys III, WR
- Al’vonte Woodard, WR
- Jalen Preston, RET
- Devonta Jason, WR
- C.J. Moore, WR
All told, six of the players were wide receivers. Jalen Preston (Manvel, Texas) ranks the highest off all the visitors, coming in at No. 35 in the nation overall, No. 5 at his position and No. 3 out of the state of Texas.
Ole Miss is also in the running for 3-star OL Blaine Scott, who was impressed by the campus on a prior visit to Oxford. Scott will narrow his teams from about 30 to five in the coming weeks before announcing his decision on May 5, his birthday.
Another player, per 247Sports, who enjoyed a prior trip to Ole Miss was DT Ishmael Sopsher, although Freeze and the Rebels have plenty of competition from the nation’s No. 2 player in the Class of 2019.
And La’Dedric Jackson, a 3-star recruit who is considered the No. 44 outside linebacker in the nation, recently listed the Rebels among his final five choices.
— La'Dedric Jackson (@LTJ_Big9) April 5, 2017
Who de-committed from Ole Miss this week?
Fortunately, when you’re still seeking your first commit, you’re immune from having anyone de-commit from your program. But that doesn’t mean it won’t eventually happen. Ole Miss lost 10 players in its 2017 class who opted to change their minds and sign elsewhere.
Who are Ole Miss’ top uncommitted prospects?
Freeze’s program has offered 246 players this recruiting season. Of them, 16 are considered 5-star recruits.
Ole Miss offered several recruits this past week, including S Derek Turner (No. 63 safety in the nation).
One of the more intriguing offers issued this week went to Hudson Henry out of Pulaski Academy (Little Rock, Ark.). If the words Henry and Arkansas send a shudder down the spines of Rebels fans, that’s because the tight end is the younger brother of former Razorbacks Hunter Henry, whose wild lateral in 2015 to Alex Collins on fourth-and-25 vs. Ole Miss led to a first down in overtime. Arkansas went on to win and spoil the Rebels’ chances of winning the SEC West. The younger Henry, however, is a member of the 2019 class and holds offers from Arkansas (naturally) and Stanford.