INDIANAPOLIS — Ole Miss’ football program received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA for 13 rules violations, with several of them centering around recruiting.
SEC coaches, namely Arkansas’ Bret Bielema, have made comments about Ole Miss’ reputation of using dirty recruiting tactics to lure the nation’s top talent to Oxford, Miss. Former Rebels star Robert Nkemdiche commented on Ole Miss’ perception when it comes to recruiting.
“They were pretty clean with me. They recruited me pretty clean,” Nkemdiche told SEC Country at the NFL combine. “Of course my brother (Denzel) was there, so that was a huge factor and my mom wanted us to play together, so that was another huge factor. I didn’t need a lot more. Plus, people said they were going to come play with me if I went there. It was everything I wanted.”
Ole Miss’ class of 2013, which included four five-star prospects (Nkemdiche, Laremy Tunsil, Laquon Treadwell and Tony Conner), was rated as the best recruiting class in school history up until that point. Ole Miss had the nation’s eighth-best class that year. The Rebels topped that mark this year as they were ranked No. 6 in the country.
Interesting to note: Nkemdiche had “no idea” that Ole Miss was hit with a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA, even though Tunsil’s situation with receiving impermissible benefits is one of the allegations mentioned by the NCAA.