Marquel Combs: Coveted DT Recruit De-Commits from Ole Miss

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 6, 2012

The Ole Miss football team got some disappointing news today, when highly touted recruit Marquel Combs decided to decommit from the program.

Combs, a junior college transfer, announced his decision on his Facebook page:

Sad new to the rebel fans !! I will be Decommitting from ole miss!! Thanks for the support and the love!!and to the coaching staff thanks for the love and care !!

Apparently the 4-star recruit will not be able to play for the team due to an academic situation. John Talty of the Clarion Ledger reports that there are "a lot of classes" between him and graduating. 

The defensive tackle was one of the centerpieces of what was shaping up to be a very good recruiting class for the Rebels. had the group ranked as the No. 26 class in the nation before the decommitment.

At 6'3" and 310 pounds, it is easy to understand why so many teams wanted the big man anchoring their defensive line. He has great strength and with more experience he can become one of the top defensive linemen in the nation.

Combs is a late bloomer who never played organized football until his senior year of high school. According to John Martin of Commercial Appeal, it was not until he had a big year at Fort Scott Community College that his recruitment picked up. 

Ole Miss is now left without the top defensive player in the 2013 class. They still have two solid incoming quarterback recruits in Devante Kincade and Ryan Buchanan, but they must continue recruiting to stay competitive in the talent-rich SEC. 

It is unknown what direction Combs will go in after re-opening his recruitment. He had a number of offers from non-SEC schools before giving a verbal commitment to the Rebels, including Arizona, Baylor, Purdue and Pittsburgh. 

Whichever team lands the California native, they will be getting one solid player.