February recap at Ole Miss

Five-star Nkemdiche to make immediate impact

As the Ole Miss Rebels wrap up the most talked about recruiting class in decades, the coaching staff shifts focus to the top prospects in the southeast in 2014. Insider Chuck Rounsaville recaps the month of February in Oxford.

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On National Signing Day, Ole Miss welcomed 26 Rebel signees, including four of the nation's top 100 prospects.

The Ole Miss class of 2013 ranks #10 nationally according to Scout, and includes four five-star prospects, 8 four-star prospects and 14 three-star prospects.


As an insider at the university, do you think the 2013 recruiting class met Coach Freeze and his staff's expectations?

The Ole Miss 2013 signing class definitely met the coaching staff's expectations.

National Signing Day exposure was like a five-hour infomercial for Ole Miss football, with three five-star recruits including Robert Nkemdiche, Laremy Tunsil and Tony Conner all announcing for the Rebels on the four-letter network.

To surface in the Top 10 in the Scout.com rankings at the end of the day was probably more than even they expected.

If narrowed down to just one or two players, who has the ability to make an immediate impact in the 2013 class?

Obviously, the number one player in the nation in Nkemdiche will have a golden opportunity to make an immediate impact on the 2013 squad not only because of his athletic ability, but because he will be playing a position of need for the Rebels.

Conner would probably be the other choice, also because of his immense ability and the need factor.

It is hard to narrow to two, however, so offensive lineman Tunsil and receiver Laquon Treadwell, the other five-star signee, would also have to be included on the list due to an ability and need basis.

Who is the sleeper in the class of 2013?

A player the coaches evaluated higher than his end ranking is Trey Bledsoe, an athlete who could be a wideout or a safety and is very athletic, has good size and has flown under the radar since his early commitment back in the summer.

How will the class of 2013 affect recruiting in the class of 2014?

The 2013 class, mainly because of the high profile players signed and the major exposure on signing day, has already opened a lot of doors toward 2014 recruiting.

Ole Miss football got so much attention on signing day that the name has now piqued the interest of prospects far and wide.

It is no longer "Ole Miss?"...it's "Ole Miss!"

Who are the top targets for fans to keep an eye on in the 2014 recruiting class?

Prospects to watch in the class of 2014 include offensive lineman Rod Taylor from Jackson (MS), athlete Devin Voorhies from Woodville (MS), running back D.K. Buford from Oxford (MS), tight end Jeb Blazevich from Charlotte (NC) and junior college receiver D'Haquille Williams.

Buford has already committed and has been timed in the 40 at 4.25 on several occasions.


Thanks to the Ole Miss Spirit's Chuck Rounsaville for his contribution to this February report.

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