The 2018 Ole Miss Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Ole Miss Recruiting Class Overview
Despite being hamstrung by NCAA sanctions and a world of uncertainty, head coach Matt Luke and his staff have gone full steam ahead.
Here’s the theory – it’s about the long haul.
Remember, most of the players in this class aren’t going to be ready to roll until the program is back in the mix. The other way to look at this? Come to Oxford, and be a part of the rebuilding job right out of the gate.
It’s a strong class of talent, starting with getting QB Matt Corral to be the main man in the near future, but going biggest on the defensive side with a strong crew of linebackers and defensive backs, and a loaded haul of defensive linemen, especially for the interior.
There’s nothing much for the offensive line, and while the skill players aren’t coming in bulk, Corral is a great one, and he’ll have his receives for the future with Elijah Moore out of Florida and Demarcus Gregory out of South Carolina.
The Ole Miss Class Is Heavy On …
The coaching staff is building from the inside of the defensive line, bringing in a whole lot of very, very good tackles to form a potentially great rotation full of big-time talent.
It’s a strength-in-numbers class, but JUCO transfer Noah Jefferson out of Arizona is ready to go right now, and 6-4, 335-pound Jalen Cunningham blew off Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi State to be a Rebel.
The Star of the Ole Miss Class Is …
QB Matt Corral, 6-2, 185
He’ll get a little while to get his feet wet – this is almost certainly going to be Jordan Ta’amu’s job – but he was a fantastic commitment out of Southern California wanted by USC, UCLA, Alabama, Michigan, Florida, Georgia, and just about every other big name program.
He’s not all that big, but he’s a smooth-as-silk passer with a nice deep touch and outstanding arm on the move. He’s not necessarily a runner, but he can take off if absolutely needed. The mobility, though, is used for the passing game more than to gain yards on the ground.
The Ole Miss Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Playmakers in The backfield
The Rebels don’t have a whole bunch of massive problems when it comes to returning starters, however, the top two defensive stars – DE Marquis Haynes and LB DeMarquis Gates – are gone after leading the team with 11 tackles for loss and ten, respectively.
There aren’t any instant pass rushers coming in with this class, but there are decent options waiting in the wings. Again, the defensive interior is getting the most instant help.