The Ole Miss Rebels were the darlings today. The team that went winless in the SEC merely two years ago has just signed a top five class nationally. And they did it by signing a complete class, adding depth and talent at nearly every position. Let’s breakdown the class that made Rebel history today…
The offensive backfield is getting some serious talent. The Rebels signed two quarterbacks, Ryan Buchanan and Devante Kincaid. Both are very talented, and both bring different skill sets. Buchanan is the pocket passer and Kincaid is the dual threat. Kincaid also has the athleticism to play multiple positions if need be.
The Rebels signed four running backs, three of which are considered 4-star recruits by rivals.com. Jordan Wilkins is the most complete back, Kailo Moore is the speed demon, Mark Dodson is the all-purpose and Eugene Brazley is the wild card. Brazley can do a little bit of everything.
The receivers coming in are equally as impressive, and this was a major need position. Laquon Treadwell is the No. 1 ranked wide receiver in the country and Quincy Adeboyejo is a 4-star prospect. Derrick Jones, Trey Bledoe and Quadarias Mireles are totally underrated. To boot, the Rebs signed three tight ends, Evan Engram, Arshad Jackson and Christian Morgan. Not a bad haul for a position of need.
Ole Miss needed to add some talent and depth at offensive tackle, and they did just that. Laremy Tunsil is the number one ranked offensive tackle in the country, and could see playing time early. Davion Johnson, Austin Golson and Daronte Bouldin all are highly touted linemen as well.
The defensive line added a genuine rock star in Robert Nkemdiche, who is considered by nearly everyone to be the best player overall in the country. He’s already etched in as a starter. Lavon Hooks (defensive tackle) was the No. 1 ranked junior college prospect in the country, and is already enrolled for spring drills. He should also find a starting gig next year. Herbert Moore is a slightly underrated nose tackle, but has a lot of talent.
The Rebs only signed two linebackers, but they’re good ones. Marcus Robinson is the future middle linebacker the Rebs have been looking for, and Rashawn Smith adds immediate depth outside.
The defensive backs are also getting a major boost. Nickolas Brassell is returning to Ole Miss after a one year hiatus to get his grades right. Hugh Freeze has already declared him to be an elite talent. Bobby Hill and David Kamara both will need some time to develop into solid SEC cornerbacks, but could see playing time on special teams early. Tony Conner, a safety from nearby powerhouse South Panola (Batesville, MS) is the big name here. Conner chose Ole Miss over Alabama after months of leaning towards Tuscaloosa.
This is a historic class for Ole Miss. If all (or realistically, most) of these guys can get in academically, as Freeze seems to think, the Rebels have instantly upgraded the overall talent level of the team. Granted, the Rebels still play in the same division as Bama, LSU, Texas A&M etc., but if they’re to get over the hump, these are the caliber of players that are necessary.
Kudos to the Ole Miss staff for a truly remarkable job the past year on the recruiting trail.