Elijah Daniel's Commitment to Ole Miss in Question, Schedules Auburn Visit

By Patrick Schmidt
John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Ole Miss currently has one of the best recruiting classes, but one of the players who’s committed to play for Hugh Freeze and the Rebels next season is potentially wavering on his pledge and could decommit after this weekend.

Five-star defensive end Elijah Daniel (Avon, Ind., Avon High) committed to Ole Miss on Jan. 20 and will make a visit to Auburn this weekend. Other commits have gone on to visit other schools in the past and that hasn’t changed their allegiance to the school, but this raises the question of whether Daniel is fully committed to being a Rebel next season.

Daniel was once a Clemson recruit before ultimately committing to Ole Miss, so this wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for Daniel to flip his commitment again. Auburn could view Daniel as insurance in case they lose their top recruit, Carl Lawson (Alpharetta, Ga., Milton High), who many believe is leaning toward decommitting and signing with Butch Jones and Tennessee.

From the Ole Miss perspective, they can afford to lose Daniel because it’s expected they are a slam dunk to get the top-ranked player in the nation, Robert Nkemdiche (Loganville, Ga., Grayson High) and could flip Mississippi State commit Chris Jones (Houston, Miss., Houston High) after he makes his second visit to campus this Friday before visiting State on Saturday.

The potential loss of Daniel to Auburn is just a thought at this point, and it wouldn’t be the end of the world for Freeze and Ole Miss, although it would place more importance Jones’ visit on Friday.

The 6-2 249-pound Daniel is the No. 8 defensive end recruit according to ESPN and No. 34 overall. The Rebels beat out in-state rival Mississippi State, Arizona State and Florida for his services.

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