Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Rebels' star power is stunning
By Chris Low
Most of the buzz Wednesday morning centered around defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, the No. 1 prospect in the country, signing with Ole Miss.
But the Rebels' star power in this class runs a lot deeper than just Nkemdiche.
They've reeled in five of the top 52 prospects in the ESPN 150. The only school in the country with more at this point is Alabama.
Offensive tackle Austin Golson of Prattville, Ala., is ranked No. 52 overall and No. 3 among offensive tackle prospects. That means Ole Miss landed two of the top three offensive tackle prospects in the country with Laremy Tunsil of Lake City, Fla., also signing with the Rebels. The 6-foot-6, 295-pound Tunsil is ESPN's No. 1-ranked offensive tackle nationally.
What's most impressive about this haul for Ole Miss (and what has everybody else around college football up in arms) is that the Rebels have been able to go outside the state of Mississippi and bring in great players. Four of their five top signees are from out of state. Receiver Laquon Treadwell of Crete, Ill., is No. 19 overall and ranked No. 1 among receivers in this class.
The one in-state signee of the group is safety Antonio Conner of Batesville, Miss. Conner is ranked No. 24 overall by ESPN, and the No. 2 safety nationally.
So if you're counting, that's the No. 1 defensive end, the No. 1 and No. 3 offensive tackles, the No. 1 receiver and the No. 2 safety.
Hugh Freeze hasn't just made a splash. He's cleared the entire pool with one massive cannon ball.