Hugh Freeze has made his mark in Oxford, Mississippi and on his football team at Ole Miss. In his short tenure he has proved that he can not only hang around with the big boys in the Southeastern Conference as far as football games go but he can also hang around in the nitty-gritty business of recruiting.
Recently, Ole Miss received a verbal commitment from one of the best wide receivers in the nation, Laquon Treadwell. Treadwell was also considering Oklahoma and Oklahoma State but Freeze lured him away probably with the notion that he will get ample playing time early on because of this young team. Treadwell, from Crete, Illinois, stands at 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds. He has great speed and hands for a high school senior and will surely have to add at least ten pounds to be able to survive the roughness of SEC football games.
The recruiting does not stop with Treadwell. It is widely known that Ole Miss is in on the number one overall prospect, defensive end Robert Nkemdiche. And although it helps his brother plays football for the university there is no doubt among experts that Nkemdiche would be considering the Rebels either way. Once Nkemdiche commits the Rebels class rankings will soar and possibly drop them in the top ten with a chance of making the top five.
The Rebels have also had some other outstanding recruits commit throughout the year including quarterback Ryan Buchanan from Jackson, Mississippi. Freeze knows that, in order to be successful in the SEC, you must own your backyard in recruiting. Seven of his twenty-two commitments are from Mississippi, three from Tennessee, and he has also plucked recruits from Alabama, Louisiana and Texas.
With the way recruiting is going and huge possibility that Nkemdiche commits, the Ole Miss Rebels could be back on top of the SEC sooner than we all think.