Gus Malzahn gets Elijah Daniel to Flip from Ole Miss, Signs with Auburn Tigers

By Patrick Schmidt
John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Ole Miss currently has one of the best recruiting classes, but one of the players that was committed to play for Hugh Freeze and the Rebels has decommitted on Signing Day when five-star defensive end Elijah Daniel (Avon, In, Avon) signed with Auburn.

Daniel committed to Ole Miss on Jan. 20, but made a visit to The Tigers this past weekend, suggesting his commitment to ole Miss was in doubt.

Daniel was once a Clemson recruit before ultimately committing to Ole Miss, so this isn’t out of the ordinary for Daniel to flip his commitment again. Auburn gets a second top defensive end to serve as a bookend to the No. 2 player in the nation, Carl Lawson (Alpharetta Ga, Milton) and the pair of freshman could be immediate contributors to Ellis Johnson’s defense.

Getting Daniel is a big coup for Gus Malzahn and the Auburn staff to get one of the top defenders in the nation and establish a win early on signing day and get a little momentum for a recruiting class on the heels of Lawson’s Sunday decision and Auburn could end up with a top-15 class after a three-win season, which is nothing short of remarkable.

From the Ole Miss perspective, they can afford to lose Daniel because they are a slam dunk to get the top-ranked player in the nation, Robert Nkemdiche (Loganville, Ga, Grayson) and could flip Mississippi State commit Chris Jones (Houston, Ms, Houston) after he made numerous visits to campus over the past two weekends.

The 6-2 249-pound Daniel is the No. 8 defensive end recruit according to ESPN and No. 34 overall.

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