Friday Morning Update

Spanning the globe on a Friday morning …

Here’s the story from Andy Staples of on the Ole Miss recruiting class. Staples was in the IPF meeting room with Hugh Freeze and his staff on Signing Day.

It does a great job of laying out Freeze’s reasons for the success of this recruiting class. It’s unlikely to win over everyone to Freeze’s way of thinking, however. This is college football. Everyone doesn’t want you to succeed.

FoxSportsNext, a division of Scout, honored Chris Kiffin as its national recruiter of the year on Thursday. Also there began to be Twitter conversation about the Ole Miss coaching staff’s use of social media for recruiting. Some favor increased regulation of social media by the NCAA with regard to recruiting.

That figure will seem absurd to some, but it’s within the rules. It should become a blue print for recruiting and probably will.

When you are a middling SEC program trying to improve you have to recruit outside of the box. That means offering second chances to players who, for whatever reason, didn’t work out at their first stop. It also means an aggressive approach with highly rated prospects. Ed Orgeron — remember Joe McKnight? — and other Ole Miss coaches have done this, but none of them had the natural connections — a brother, a good friend — that Freeze had.

The question on the minds of Ole Miss fans is exactly how much does this class help the Rebels rise above middling and how soon? Like, could it happen next year?

This Bleacher Report column was written before Elijah Daniel flipped but asks that same question. How does this class impact next year?

There are obviously big gets in this class, and it stands to reason that Robert Nkemdiche and Laquon Treadwell can help right away. But can Laremy Tunsil? It’s not as easy for an offensive lineman to break in and play early, although plenty of players with special talent have done that.

Tunsil is a tackle, and the Rebels have two returning senior starters in Emmanuel McCray and Pierce Burton. Can one of those three play guard?

That might be what it takes to get the best players on the field. You figure Tunsil will be worked in and will get some snaps. The only starting vacancy is at right guard, and Patrick Junen is expected to step in as the starter then.

It’s an interesting question for OL coach Matt Luke.

In non-recruiting news …

The Ole Miss basketball team plays at No. 21 Missouri Saturday at noon on CBS. The Tigers lost at Texas A&M last night on a shot in the final 12 seconds. Missouri hasn’t lost at home but hasn’t won an SEC road game.


Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • For whatever its worth, the Diamond Rebels start off this season next weekend with a three game series against TCU in OU Stadium.OU Stadium, as I hear it, is one of the best in the College world of baseball. Rebels have a very improved team this season despite the losses of some all star type players from last season’s team. Maybe this will be the year for them to make it to Omaha. I hope so. JB

  • How about a “FAKED” celebration. Freeze and his staff knew of Knemdichi signing 30 minutes before the “celebration” on TV. They had a TV producer directing them on how to act when they got the televised word from Knemdichi. How contrived. If you go back and look…Freeze actual starts his celebration a touch early..funny stuff.
    Faked celebrations..fake championship banners…good grief.
    Kirby Smart earns the coveted SEC Recruiter of the Year.
    “Tell your ma, tell your pa…I’m gonna take you back to Arkansas.”

    • Roger Davis

      My God! You are sick! I honestly thought a few Ole Miss supporters were exaggerating. That’s not the case. Your comments clearly reveal you are way past obsession and bordering stalking. Wow! Unbelievable!

  • They have talked about it all day long on the radio here. They were doing play by play on the faked celebration. The radio guys were having a blast and really going over the top. Sonny Smith, former Auburn hoops coach said, “If the NCAA starts snooping around you gotta tell lies, and if they don’t go away, you gotta make up bigger lies.” Look at the video and you will see Freeze jumps halfway out of his seat just few blinks before the announcement…It’s priceless. They call it “the celebration fail.”
    “When the church bells rang, they rang 29 times for each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald.”

    • Roger Davis

      Do you hear yourself?! Better yet, go back and read some of your post. Sorry, Razorback fans, but this guy is in hog heaven about anything remotely negative about Ole Miss. Listen, I don’t like the Rebels either but I would NEVER take it to the lengths you have. Immature doesn’t even begin to describe your actions.

  • ostrogoth

    If this was the greatest Ole Miss football recruiting class (modern era-when rankings have been done), what is the next best class? Seems Steve Sloan with John Fourcade and Buford McGee had a really a good class or two, as did Dawg Brewer.

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