Everything you need to know and what actually matters about the 2019 Ole Miss Rebels recruiting class.
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Now Matt Luke is able to recruit full force, and now the pressure is on. The NCAA sanctions are still a part of the program and affect the depth and the talent being brought in from previous classes, but with this class, there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
And here come the commitments. Luke and the Rebels were able to crank it up with more bodies to come in, and now there’s a whole lot of promise and potential. Last year’s recruiting class was good, too, but this one adds a whole lot more depth.
The problem? The SEC. Take this class and put it in the Big Ten or Pac-12, and it’s something special. It’s just treading water in a league that lives on the four and five-star talents. This one is more about strength in numbers.
The Rebels are loading up on receivers for new offensive coordinator Rich Rodriguez. With AJ Brown and DaMarkus Lodge gone early, there are a whole lot of job openings. Last year’s class of receivers was quality over quantity, but Jonathan Mingo was a better get than anyone Luke brought in last season.
Mingo has instant No. 1 target potential. He’s got the smoothness, the speed, and the ability to be thrown to the wolves right away.
Ole Miss wants to run the ball, too? Landing Jerrion Ealy was a huge get – even if he’s just 5-9 and 195 pounds. Get the ball in his hands in any way possible, and look out.
It’s an interesting quarterback class. Matt Corral was brought in last year to be the star to take over the program once Jordan Ta’amu was done, three quarterbacks are being brought in. Grant Tisdale is a smallish baller, but he’s expected to be deep in the hunt for the starting gig.
Besides wide receiver, the Rebels need offensive linemen to step up this season. Only one was recruited in last year’s class, but this year’s group has a while lot of options ready to make a push to be somewhere on the depth chart early on. The infrastructure in this class is a big deal.
The defensive backs are coming in waves, too. Pass defense has been optional at times over the last few seasons, and the six – possibly more with potential position changes – defensive backs signed on will get a whole lot of attention.
It’s a very, very good class. It’s nowhere near the one that made such a splash in 2013, but it’s good enough to be thrown into the same mix as – and even be considered better than – South Carolina, Mississippi State, and in terms of sheer numbers, Arkansas.