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In the end, who will be the next Randall Mackey in 2013?
Largely lost in the conversation of more highly-rated recruits in the Rebel's 2013 signing class, Hugh Freeze is very excited about Derrick Jones' potential, suggesting "Derrick Jones may be one of the hidden gems in this class. I think the guy’s a phenomenal athlete. I’ve seen him play basketball when I’m out in my visit. He plays above the rim. I think he can play a lot of places for us, from safety to receiver" (olemisssports.com).
The 6'2'', 185-pound Jones may just be as athletic as anyone in Freeze's entire class. The No. 9 recruit in the State of Mississippi (ESPN) played admirably in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game, hauling in a 41-yard touchdown pass.
A dynamic player that Freeze already believes can play several different positions in Oxford, there is good reason to believe Freeze may in fact move Jones to a position other than receiver early on. You better believe Jones will enter summer camp looking to play anywhere the coach puts him. Jones could be an ideal candidate to throw the ball out of the backfield a few times this season.
Needless to say, the level of competition this summer at Ole Miss will be fierce, as I'tavius Mathers, Jaylen Walton, Mark Dodson, Kailo Moore, and Derrick Jones are just a few names in the mix to step in where Randall Mackey left off for the Rebels. Memphian Jordan Wilkins and New Orleans native Eugene Brazley are two more true freshman that will be in line to compete for carries this summer.
Once Freeze is able to determine which of his true freshmen are ready to contribute, there is a great chance he will be able to redshirt at least a few of the young backs.
Rebel fans love to "Feed Moncrief," but what name can they give this young running back corps?
"The Thoroughbreds" might be the perfect name for Ole Miss' running back corps in 2013.
Don't forget, they will need to be fed.