Ole Miss Football, National Signing Day on Collision Course
National Signing Day (NSD) is Wednesday, Feb. 6, and the Ole Miss Rebels simply can't wait.
Hugh Freeze, entering only his second year at the helm, has already put together a 2013 recruiting class currently ranked No. 13 by scout.com. However, Freeze and the Rebels hope to climb from the No. 13 ranking mightily on NSD.
Among a host of other players, the Rebels have already received verbal commitments from 5-star wide receiver Laquon Treadwell; 4-star defensive end Elijah Daniel; 4-star tight end Christian Morgan; 4-star running back Kailo Moore; 4-star running backs Mark Dodson Jr. and Jordan Wilkins; 4-star defensive end Lavon Hooks; and two 4-star quarterbacks, Ryan Buchanan and Devante Kincade.
However, Freeze and company still hope to build upon the very strong class already in place.
Recruiting information courtesy of scout.com
Which Uncommitted 5-Star Recruits Do the Rebels Have a Chance to Land on NSD?
The 6'4'', 282-pound defensive end from Grayson High School (Loganville, Ga.) is the single most highly coveted recruit in the country.
How does a 7-6 Ole Miss team even have a shot at landing Nkemdiche? The main reason is quite simple: Robert Nkemdiche's older brother and rising Southeastern Conference star, sophomore linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche, plays for the Rebels. The top prospect is set to make his college announcement on ESPNU at 6:30 a.m. on National Signing Day (via ESPN).
Will Ole Miss Land Top Recruit Robert Nkemdiche?
With the Nkemdiches supposedly a close-knit family, many across the country feel Robert will ultimately decide to suit up on the field to make it a family affair.
Main Schools of Interest: Ole Miss, LSU and Florida
Laremy Tunsil, OT: No. 1 OT, No. 7 Overall Prospect
The 6'6'', 295-pound offensive tackle from Columbia High School South (Lake City, Fla.) is one of the more recent top prospects to give the Rebels serious consideration. Tunsil is set to make his college announcement on ESPNU at 8:35 a.m. on National Signing Day (via ESPN).
Why is it thought Tunsil is so interested in Ole Miss after favoring Georgia for so long? Many feel he simply wants to join other top recruits set to ink with the Rebels and Hugh Freeze.
Main Schools of Interest: Ole Miss and Georgia
Chris Jones, DE: No. 2 DE, No. 24 Overall Prospect
The 6'0'', 190-pound DE from Houston High School (Houston, Miss.) is a young man under a great deal of scrutiny.
Of Tunsil, Jones and Conner, which do the Rebels Have the Best Shot at Signing?
Having originally verbally committed to rival Mississippi State, Jones has shown a late, strong interest in potentially joining forces on defense with potential commits DE Robert Nkemdichie and DE Elijah Daniel.
Regardless of the choice Jones ultimately makes on NSD, he will be the subject of a great deal of attention from fans of the schools he spurns throughout his college career. Jones is set to announce at 9:00 a.m., but the announcement will not be covered no television.
Main Schools of Interest: Ole Miss and Mississippi State
Antonio Conner, S: No. 3 S, No. 31 Overall Prospect in America
The 6'1'', 205-pound safety North Panola High School (Batesville, Miss.) attends high school a mere 20 miles away from Ole Miss. Thought by many to be one of the better chances of Freeze landing a top recruit, Conner may in fact be one of the more difficult ones to call on NSD.
Alabama has made a strong push for Conner in recent weeks, but will it be enough to pull the coveted safety out of his home state? Conner is set to make his college announcement on ESPNU at 9:45 a.m. on National Signing Day (via ESPN).
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Main Schools of Interest: Ole Miss, Alabama and Mississippi State
What Uncommitted 4-Star Recruits Will Ole Miss Keep an Eye on Come NSD?
Ira Denson, OG: No. 9 OG Prospect
Austin Golson, OT: No. 10 OT Prospect
Zach Cunningham, LB: No. 23 LB Prospect
If Hugh Freeze can land even a couple of these top uncommitted prospects, Ole Miss should easily finish with a top-five recruiting class in 2013, and the folks in Oxford will be on cloud nine.
For a little college town known for throwing great parties, landing a top-five recruiting class may set off a party the likes of which Oxford hasn't seen in quite a while.
NSD sets up to be some great drama.
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