Friday, January 18, 2013
Ole Miss' recruiting train chugging along
By Edward Aschoff
This Hugh Freeze guy really knows what he's doing when it comes to recruiting. We thought he was OK at it when he closed with a strong class before his first season as Ole Miss' coach, but he revved things up a notch in his second class.
After a very successful first year that ended with bowl berth and victory for the first time since 2009, Freeze made news again with a monster commitment from Laquon Treadwell of Crete, Ill. Treadwell, is the nation's No. 1 receiver and the No. 19 prospect in the ESPN 150.
"I wanted to be a part of something special," Treadwell said. "The program is on the rise with the new coaching staff. (Freeze) is changing the culture, and I want to be a part of changing the Rebel culture."
Adding Robert Nkemdiche, the No. 1 respect in the ESPN 150, would make the 2013 recruiting class arguably the best in school history.
So far, this class has been very special, but it could get even better. Right now, the Rebels own the nation's No. 19 class with 22 commitments, five of whom are ESPN 300 members. But things are far from over for Ole Miss' 2013 class. ESPN recruiting guru Dave Hooker wrote after Treadwell's commitment that this could be the first domino to fall in what could be a fantastic finish for Freeze and this class.
He's the No. 1 player in the country and is believed to be a heavy Ole Miss lean. Oh, and his brother plays for the Rebels and had a breakout year in 2012. It appears that it's almost "check" and "mate" for Freeze when it comes to Nkemdiche, but the Loganville, Ga., star is still looking around at other schools.
And he should be looking around. He should be taking full advantage of the recruiting process, but it sounds like Freeze & Co. shouldn't be too worried about Nkemdiche sniffing around other campuses.
Landing Nkemdiche could cement this as the best class in Ole Miss history, and a few of these 2013 prospects could make immediate impacts for an Ole Miss team that will yet again be down in the numbers department this fall.
The funny thing about all of this is that there were a lot of questions surrounding the Freeze hire. He wasn't a big enough name and there seemed to be other more qualified candidates out there. Freeze proved to be the right choice and it doesn't look like his recruiting success will slow down anytime soon.