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Earlier on this list I had Mississippi State as a positive surprise in recruiting this year. So what's the one thing that could spoil the Bulldogs recruiting surprise?
None other than seeing their Egg Bowl rivals in Oxford also enjoy a surprisingly good recruiting year. New coach Hugh Freeze has things working for the Rebels and many recruits have come away impressed by his recruiting pitch.
From Robert Nkemdiche to Laremy Tunsil to Antonio Conner, Freeze has impressed some of the nation's top prospects. He has 21 commitments to date and ESPNU has his class inside their top 25 recruiting rankings.
That's a huge surprise since not only is Freeze in his first year for the Rebels, but Ole Miss has been a recent losing program and their recruiting has been dreadful.
Edwin Weathersby has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (now ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.