National Signing Day is finally upon us.
Ole Miss is hoping to sign its best class in program history and show the college football world that the 2013 class, which included former Rebels Robert Nkemdiche, Laremy Tunsil and Laquon Treadwell, was no fluke.
Coach Hugh Freeze has had his eyes on this year’s cycle for a while. The Rebels head into the final day with one of the best classes in the country, and Ole Miss will only add more star power to the already loaded class Wednesday.
Ole Miss class breakdown
Ranking: No. 5 in the nation
Top targets: Jeffery Simmons (Five-star DE), Mique Juarez (Five-star LB), Deontay Anderson (Four-star safety), A.J. Brown (Four-star WR), Jonathan Kongbo (Four-star DE), Shyheim Carter (Four-star DB)
Total projected signees: 27-29
Names to know
Shea Patterson, QB – The nation’s top quarterback has already enrolled at Ole Miss, but he’s the centerpiece of the Rebels’ recruiting class.
Greg Little, OT – The nation’s No. 1 offensive tackle has been committed to Ole Miss since December, and he’s expected to step in a fill Laremy Tunsil’s spot at left tackle immediately.
D.K. Metcalf, WR – He was Ole Miss’ first signee for the 2016 class, and the Oxford, Miss., native has never wavered. He’s a big body who will join a loaded wide receiver group for the Rebels.
Jeffery Simmons, DE – Ole Miss is the favorite to land the five-star Macon, Miss., product, and he’ll have an opportunity to get in the Rebels’ defensive line rotation next fall if he inks with Ole Miss.
Storylines to watch
Will Ole Miss pull either Starkville, Miss., target?
Ole Miss has its eyes set on two in-state prospects from Starkville, Miss., in four-star wide receiver A.J. Brown and four-star defensive tackle Kobe Jones. The Rebels have a ton of momentum for Brown, but Alabama and Mississippi State remain threats. Jones may be a harder pull at the moment, but the fact that Ole Miss has a chance going into signing day for two players in Mississippi State’s backyard is very telling.
Will Ole Miss get a surprise commit from a highly-rated recruit?
Freeze and his staff have become known to have a surprise or two up their sleeves on the recruiting trail. The Rebels have been in the thick of it for five-star linebacker Mique Juarez and four-star junior college defensive end Jonathan Kongbo. Ole Miss has some momentum for Kongbo, and both guys look to be within reach heading into signing day.
Will Ole Miss land the nation’s top-ranked class?
The odds are against them, but Ole Miss has a shot to work itself up the recruiting rankings on Wednesday. The Rebels are No. 5 going into the day and are looking to add five to seven players who own four- or five-star rankings. However it shakes out, Ole Miss should sign its best class in program history.
Ole Miss will lose some guys it thought it had while landing some prospects that will surprise some people. That’s how signing day works, and it’s a matter of going in with an open mind. When it’s all said and done, the Rebels are on the verge of signing the best class in school history, and there will be no denying that they can compete with the big boys of the SEC year in and year out. It’s a new day in Oxford, Miss., so enjoy the ride and don’t fret over who Ole Miss doesn’t get, Rebels fans.
All player rankings and ratings are from the 247Sports Composite.