Ole Miss secured a commitment from four-star offensive lineman, Andy Bauer (St. Louis, Mo. DeSmet) on Monday afternoon and currently has a top-five recruiting class according to 247sports.com, but who could be the next commitment for the Rebels?
I’m thinking the next to give their pledge to head coach Hugh Freeze could be between two defensive linemen. Dylan Thompson (Lombard, Il. Montini Catholic) and Chris Williams (Tyron, Ga. Sandy Creek) have each received offers from Ole Miss, but of the two I think Williams is the closest to making a decision.
Williams is a 6-1, 283-pound defensive tackle and has the Rebels in his top five schools with Ohio State and SEC rivals South Carolina, Texas A&M and Tennessee, but has yet to visit Oxford, but that could be happening later this spring. The past few months have shown that when recruits get to Oxford, they don’t want to leave.
Thompson is an end who has Ohio State listed as his leader for the moment, and the Buckeyes have had success recruiting from his high school where Garrett Goebel starred at defensive tackle. However, with Ole Miss entering the chase in the last three weeks, I think they are a serious dark horse to get him on campus.
The 6-5, 270-pound prospect is going to be one of the fastest risers on the recruiting circuit and the fact the Rebels are recruiting him as an end and not at defensive tackle is a big positive for the player that doesn’t want to be kicked inside.
He is expected to visit schools in the southeast this summer before his senior season starts and perhaps even visits with Williams and the two could talk to each other about the possibility of lining up next to each other while Robert Nkemdiche tutors the two stud linemen.