Ole Miss Football Recruiting: Overlooked Newcomers Who'll Play Big Role

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 6, 2013

OXFORD, MS - SEPTEMBER 15:  Head coach Hugh Freeze of the Ole Miss Rebels watches pregame warmups before the game against the Texas Longhorns at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Oxford, Mississippi.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Ole Miss has dominated headlines on National Signing Day due to bringing in three of the top-25 players in the nation, but they have a number of under-the-radar recruits who will blossom into big parts of this new SEC contender Rebel team.

While there's no doubt top overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche will be a star and 5-star Laremy Tunsil—who is the top offensive lineman in the class—will be playing on Saturdays, this is still a very deep class that will have many featured parts and big playmakers. 

It's not easy to win in the SEC with just a couple of star players though. If Ole Miss is for real and wants to become one of the many contenders in this league, they'll need help across the board.

Let's take a look at players who are flying under the radar that will help out the Rebels over the next few years.


Austin Golson, OT

It's not very often that a team's second-best offensive lineman signee also happens to be the 13th-best lineman in the nation (247sports), but that's just how great Ole Miss' recruiting class turned out.

Austin Golson, at 6'6" and 285 pounds, is going to be a star offensive lineman in the SEC alongside Tunsil. They'll pair up to anchor an elite line that will be running downhill for seasons. 

The better your unit is as a lineman, the better you'll seem—and that's exactly what Golson will feed off of in his time with the Rebels.

By the time he leaves, he'll be a NFL prospect simply because of the accomplishments of their line over that time period.



Kailo Moore, RB

Nobody is talking about it, but perhaps the biggest recruiting win for Ole Miss this season was getting Kailo Moore to de-commit from rival Mississippi State and join the Rebels.

Coach Hugh Freeze locked up Moore back on Jan. 11, and he signed Wednesday to the most talked about recruiting class. And he'll benefit from that.

As I mentioned before, the offensive line will be elite in a few years and Moore will likely be the one running through most of those holes. At 5'10" and 190 pounds, Moore has good size but most importantly, the speed and elusiveness to get through tight holes. 

With a 4.40 40-yard dash time (247sports) that is sure to be improved upon, Moore will be one of the fastest players in the SEC and will be able to use that speed to get around even the best defenses.

Look for Moore to be the biggest playmaker on the future Rebels squad. 


Arshad Jackson, TE

With any balanced team, the starting tight end always plays a huge part in having offensive success and that's how this Ole Miss team will run with Arshad Jackson.

Jackson has all of the physical tools to hold his own on the line as well as get out and catch passes as a receiver. With a 6'6", 240-pound frame, Jackson will be able to become a monster physically.

Additionally, he runs a 4.61 40-yard dash (247sports), so he'll be able to go deep down the field and outrun the linebackers who will cover him.

If he has the right type of gunslinger as quarterback, Jackson will have a big career in Oxford. 


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