By John Davis, Oxford Citizen
It’s been less than 24 hours since the Ole Miss Rebels defeated Mississippi State in the annual Egg Bowl but the outcome has already made an impression on the recruiting trail.
The Rebels garnered the verbal pledge of tight end Gabe Angel Sunday morning after he, and several of the top prospects in the state of Mississippi and region, watched the matchup at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
Angel (6-foot-3, 1/2, 215 pounds) is a member of the 2016 class. He is now one of seven verbal pledges that the Rebels have in that class, joining two locals in Oxford’s DK Metcalf and Lafayette’s Eli Johnson.
Scout.com has Angel, who plays for Cookeville High, rated as a three-star prospect, and the 15th best tight end for next season’s class. He has offers from Tennessee, LSU, Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Mississippi State. He had also recently gained an offers from North Carolina.
According to stats on MaxPreps.com, Angel had 15 catches for 227 yards and three touchdowns through 10 games. He had also rushed for 451 yards and seven touchdowns on 48 carries.
Other top recruits who were at Saturday’s game included: Brookhaven linebacker Leo Lewis, who is committed to the Rebels for the 2015 class; South Panola defensive end Dre Porter, who is in the 2016 class; Starkville defensive end Lorenzo Dantzler and Starkville defensive tackle Kobe Jones, who are also both in the 2016 class. Another top-rated player for 2016 that was on the sidelines before the game was Tre Threat, a linebacker from Spanish Fort, Ala. Threat is rated as a four-star prospect by 247Sports.