Ole Miss Football Recruiting: Rebels Continue to Rise with Strong Class

R. Cory Smith@@RCorySmithSenior Writer IFebruary 5, 2014

Entering his third season with the Ole Miss Rebels, Hugh Freeze is looking to put his team over the top in the grueling SEC West and become a consistent contender.

With his team's latest recruiting class, Freeze might be closer than ever before.

While there isn't exactly a prized recruit like Robert Nkemdiche in this year's class, the haul that Freeze and his coaching staff brought in rivals the recruiting freight of other teams in the conference.

Though many of the players that signed with the Rebels on national signing day were already committed to attend and quite a few have already enrolled, the class that Ole Miss is left with ranks at No. 14 in the 247Sports' composite team rankings.

With all of this taken into account, here is a breakdown of some of the best players in the class that Ole Miss will be welcoming during the 2014 season.

Ole Miss Rebels' 2014 Recruiting Class
Roderick TaylorOG5-Star
C.J. HamptonS4-Star
Markell PackWR4-Star
Garrald McDowellSDE4-Star
Breeland SpeaksDT4-Star
Tee ShepardCB4-Star
Sammie EppsTE4-Star
Kendarius WebsterCB4-Star
Akeem JuddRB4-Star
Fahn CooperOT4-Star
Christian RussellILB3-Star
Marquis HaynesWDE3-Star
Jeremy LigginsATH3-Star
Kendrick DossDUAL QB3-Star
Demarquis GatesOLB3-Star
Jordan SimsOG3-Star
Chris WilliamsDT3-Star
Dayall HarrisWR3-Star
D.K. BufordAPB3-Star
Dacorius LawRB3-Star
Tyler PutnamOT3-Star
Victor EvansWDE3-Star
Sean RawlingsOT3-Star
Alvin MooreILB3-Star
Gary WunderlichK3-Star


Roderick Taylor, OG

The No. 1 offensive guard in the 2014 composite recruiting rankings by 247Sports, Roderick Taylor's commitment was a huge one for the Rebels for obvious reasons.

While offensive linemen aren't typically the splashiest recruits, Taylor's decision to go to Ole Miss over Alabama, Florida State, Georgia and other suitors proved that Freeze can still compete with the usual favorites to lock in recruits.

The Rebels received Taylor's commitment and Taylor actually earned something of his own on Wednesday, getting his fifth star from 247Sports, according to Rebels247:

Taylor will be able to make an immediate impact for the Rebels stopping some of the best defensive linemen in the country in the SEC. With his outstanding feet and lateral movement, Taylor could be a game-changer for the Ole Miss offense.


Markell Pack, WR

It's been known for months that Markell Pack would sign with the Rebels. But after he committed to Florida State and decommitted in favor of Ole Miss, it was fair to wonder if he might have another change of heart.

But after Pack signed his official letter of intent, the Rebels' Twitter account reported the news:

With Bo Wallace emerging as one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC during his junior season, the rising senior will have yet another explosive target to join his receiving corps.

Along with another young receiver in sophomore Laquon Treadwell, the Rebels will feature a dynamic receiving corps that can help get the offense going for Wallace and the Rebels.


Breeland Speaks, ILB/DE

Another one of the top players out of the state of Mississippi committing to Ole Miss, Breeland Speaks could play a pivotal role in the team's recruiting class thanks to his ability to play two different positions on defense.

With Nkemdiche already on one side of the defensive line, Speaks could take on the other end position or fill in as an inside linebacker.

Regardless of the position he plays with the team, Freeze believes he is one of the best players in the country on the defensive side of the ball, according to the Daily Mississippian's official Twitter account:

After securing Speaks, the Rebels officially have commitments from all four of the top four players in the state of Mississippi, according to 247Sports, including the aforementioned Pack and Taylor.

With Speaks officially signing his letter of intent, Ole Miss once again has another standout player on the defensive side of the ball and can look to improve upon a defense that allowed 23.7 points per game last season.


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