The biggest weekend for Ole Miss in recent memory isn’t one that took place during the football season, but rather is taking place right now as Hugh Freeze looks to cement a top-10 recruiting class with a number of blue-chip recruits visiting the Oxford, Ms campus.
On the heels of a 7-6 season that included a win in the Egg Bowl over Mississippi State and a win in the BBVA Compass Bowl vs. Pittsburgh, Freeze has been able to sell recruits on early playing time and being a part of the resurgence of the Rebels.
The biggest and highest-profile recruit on campus this week is the nation’s No. 1 recruit, Robert Nkemdiche (Loganville, Ga, Grayson) who has reportedly visited Ole Miss on an unofficial basis eight times according to the Clarion-Ledger. I’ve written in the past that the attention Nkemdiche has received and his connection to Ole Miss is partly responsible for the caliber of recruits that have shown interest in the program. It’s the worst kept secret on the recruiting trail that he is going to be a Rebel next season; even some coaches that are recruiting him are reportedly resigned to that fact.
The addition of Nkemdiche to this class is why recruits like Laremy Tunsil; the nation’s top offensive tackle recruit is considering the team after visits to Alabama and Georgia. The fact that they are in the same class as these two heavyweights in the SEC is a testament to Freeze and his staff and the hope that is accompanied with the type of recruits that he is bringing to Oxford.
Another top uncommitted recruit on campus this weekend is Tony Conner (Batesville Ms., South Panola), who is the top prospect in the state of Mississippi and considering Alabama and Mississippi State. The South Panola football program is a Mississippi high school powerhouse and has sent a number of players to Ole Miss in the past including defensive lineman Isaac Gross last season.
A number of recruits have already been sold on Freeze’s plan including Laquon Treadwell, the nation’s top receiver and four- star defensive end Elijah Daniel who is the No. 34 player in the country according to ESPN. Ole Miss has seen their place in the recruiting rankings rise with these two players’ commitments and rank as high as No. 10 according to some scouting services.
With committed players like Treadwell and quarterback Ryan Buchanan on campus giving their best sales pitch to these players I have a feeling they will get to talking about how they all want to play together and lead Ole Miss to an SEC championship and win a national championship.
One small step toward that goal has already been put in motion this weekend and one giant leap for the program could be just 10 days away with signing day when the future of the Rebels will become much clearer and brighter.
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