Anyone that remotely follows College Football Recruiting knows that the Ole Miss Rebels just inked one of the best signing classes in the country a few weeks ago, one that easily goes down as the school’s best of the modern recruiting era.
Needless to say, expectations for coach Hugh Freeze to sign a similarly talented class for 2014 is quite apparent. So far, so good.
Today the Rebels received their 5th commitment for the class of 2014 in receiver Dayall Harris, from Jackson, Mississippi. Harris is the second commitment from Callaway High School, joining teammate and friend Ronald Walker, who is a safety. The Rebels are going hard after several standouts from the Callaway Chargers, who are looking to have a special team next season. Not only do Harris and Walker claim Rebel scholarship offers, but so does defensive end Breeland Speaks and offensive tackle Rod Taylor.
Of the five commitments in the Rebels class of 2014 (who are all born and bred Mississippi boys), two are considered amongst the top 250 players in the country by rivals.com, running back D.K. Buford and safety C.J. Hampton.
Judging by the looks of who the Rebels have already offered for the class of 2014, they’re once again going after all the big names nationally. Normally you’d think the Rebels wouldn’t have a chance to snag such highly touted prospects, but Freeze and co. are making it known they won’t be afraid to recruit against the fellow SEC power brokers . Many thought the Rebels were reaching on several prospects in the most recent class, but Freeze proved the skeptics wrong. Just look at Laremy Tunsil. Tunsil was the nation’s top offensive linemen of the 2013 class, and was destined for either Alabama or Georgia before ultimately choosing Ole Miss on Signing Day.
The exposure the Rebel football program received in the weeks leading up to Signing Day (and the coverage on ESPN on Signing Day) will certainly pay off in this years class. Big name players are seeing other big name players head to the idyllic southern town of Oxford, and they’re taking notice.
But we all know, getting the talent on campus is one thing. Using that talent to win championships is another.
Rick Stavig is a National Recruiting Columnist for RantSports.com. In addition to covering College Football, he also covers the NFL and NFL Draft. Follow him on Twitter @rickstavig or add him to your network on google.