Rebels grab three no. 1 prospects in the country
By Michael Harrelson and Adam Brown
On a National Signing Day watched by millions of fans throughout the nation, the Ole Miss Rebels are signing its best class of football recruits in decades.
Already, the Rebels have gotten letters of intent from three of the No. 1 recruits in the county in defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, offensive lineman Austin Golson and Laremy Tunsil, an offensive tackle from Lake City, Florida.
Going into Signing Day, which is being covered live on the Ole Miss campus by ESPNU, the Rebels were ranked No. 12 in the nation for its 2013 recruiting effort.
The announcement by Robert Nkemdiche to suit up for the red and blue and play with his brother Denzil moved Ole Miss into the No 9 recruiting position with the stroke of a pen. A short time later, South Panola High School top recruit Antonio Conner’s announcement to play for Coach Freeze solidified the University of Mississippi recruiting class position in the Top 5 nationally.
Other top recruits who signed letters of intent to play for the red and blue are: Devante Kincade, a quarterback from Dallas, Texas, Kailo Moore, a running back from Rosedale, Mississippi, Ray Ray Smith, a linebacker from Florence, Alabama, Eugene Brazley, a running back from New Orleans, Louisiana, A.J Jackson, an offensive tackle from Lake City, Florida, Bobby Hill, a defensive back from Moultrie, Georgia, Trey Bledsoe, ATH, from Grenada, Mississippi, Laquon Treadwell, a wide receiver from Crete, Illinois, Davion Johnson, an offensive lineman from Byhalia, Mississippi, Jordan Wilkins, a running back from Cordova, Tennessee, Ryan Buchanan, a quarterback from Jackson, Mississippi and David Karara, a corner back from Loganville, Georgia.
Responding to the signing of Kalo Moore, Ole Miss Sports Information Assistant Director Kyle Campbell tweeted, “Ole Miss picked up speed in its recruiting class with a four-star running back and an elite track and field competitor.”
Perhaps the biggest disappointment of National Signing Day 2013 for the Rebels came when Eligah Daniel opted to sign a letter of intent to play for Auburn. He had previously given the Ole Miss Rebels his verbal commitment to play in Oxford. Another key prospect, Chris Jones, will be playing for the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Coach Dan Mullins.
Commenting on Twitter, Ole Miss Head Coach Hugh Freeze said, “Rebel Nation must rejoice together over our great class and be happy for all the other young men that are getting an opportunity elsewhere.”