We may only be in the spring of the 2014 recruiting cycle, but Ole Miss is already working on the 2015 class.
Hugh Freeze and his Rebels program have picked up commitment No. 1 for 2015, represented by running back Rawleigh Williams III out of Dallas, Texas.
Damon Sayles of ESPN.com reports on the commitment:
Williams, a 5-foot-10, 200-pound back who meshes power and speed, verbally committed to Ole Miss and became the school's first commit of the 2015 class. Williams visited Oxford, Miss., over the weekend and was in awe of the atmosphere and overall campus environment.
Ole Miss was the first school to offer Williams in February, and he showed his loyalty by rewarding the Rebels for taking a chance on him.
"They believed in me first," Williams said. "Other schools are interested, but they have already offered their first priority backs. Ole Miss wanted me first."
Signing day 2015 is still a long ways away, but Ole Miss couldn't ask for a better way to start off the 2015 recruiting cycle.
Williams has great intangibles, and he projects to be very good.
He's 5'10.5'', 195 pounds and he runs a 4.56 40 according to 247Sports. Sayles says he meshes power and speed, and I completely agree. He's a powerful, downhill runner with the strength to run through tackles, and he's always leaning with forward momentum—which means he's always picking up yards.
He does also display great vision, very fast feet and a great cut move through, and he can also be effective coming out of the backfield as a receiver.
Williams is a very versatile recruit and he should only get better with more experience.
Texas is known for producing some of the best college football recruits in the nation on a yearly basis, so maintaining a good recruiting presence in the state will be very important for Freeze and his staff. Ole Miss has had a good amount of success in Texas recently, landing three state of Texas recruits in 2013, so keeping Williams committed will be integral for Ole Miss.
He'll help grow the Texas pipeline, but he's also an extremely talented recruit.
This is a great way to kick off the 2015 class for Ole Miss.