The fallout of former Texas Longhorns commitment Daniel Gresham (Fort Worth, Texas. All Saints) to decommit from the program and reopen his recruitment has big ramifications for a number of SEC programs that are highly interested in the nation’s top fullback.
Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas and Tennessee have extended offers to Gresham since he’s committed to Texas and my prediction is he’s headed to the SEC over interest from other programs such as Ohio State, Louisville and Florida State.
I’m predicting the decision comes down to either Alabama who offered him on Apr. 8 or Ole Miss who was the second school after Texas to extend a scholarship and also attended the Rebels Junior Day Feb. 2 earlier this year.
The 5-10, 236-pound bruising back has rushed for 1,565 yards and scored 30 touchdowns his past two seasons at All Saints, and is hoping to be a feature back in college and not simply just a blocking fullback. I think he will get more carries at Ole Miss than he will at Alabama where the Crimson Tide has a stacked depth chart.
Ole Miss signed four running backs in last year’s class, but none that have the skill-set that Gresham possesses. He has good feet and a burst you wouldn’t expect from a back nearly 240-pounds. His versatility out of the backfield would be a dangerous weapon for Hugh Freeze and offensive coordinators Matt Luke and Dan Werner.
Ultimately, Gresham will look for the best opportunity for him and I don’t expect a commitment so soon after he just decommitted and will want to take visits to his interested schools. Once he does take his visits, however, I’m expecting the Rebels to secure his commitment due to the role he will have in the offense and relationships with the coaching staff.