By John Davis, Oxford Citizen
If you have been following verbal pledges for the 2015 football signing class, why not close the deal and watch the prospects become Rebels, right?
Ole Miss is still waiting word on a couple very important, highly rated players to make a decision. Defensive end CeCe Jefferson, a five-star player from Baker County, Fla., will make his choice public, for the first time, Wednesday at 1 p.m. His announcement can be seen, live, on ESPNU. Jefferson eliminated LSU on Monday. He is choosing between Ole Miss, Auburn, Alabama and Florida.
Almost all of the national analysts feel like he will choose Ole Miss, but Florida has garnered a lot of momentum in the last week on the recruiting trail with players Jefferson is familiar with, or has a direct connection to. A key in helping figure out where Jefferson ends up comes early Wednesday morning with the decision of Byron Cowart, the other highly ranked defensive end from the state of Florida, who is also considering the Gators and Auburn. There has always been talk of Jefferson and Cowart ending up with each other. That appears to be more talk than a reality, but signing day is also unpredictable to say the least.
Wide receiver DeMarkus Lodge of Cedar Hill, Texas is set to announce his decision on ESPNU at 11 Wednesday morning. Lodge is a five-star prospect like Jefferson and he will be choosing between Ole Miss, Texas and Texas A&M. Again, Ole Miss is good shape to land Lodge heading into Wednesday, and almost all of the national analysts feel like Lodge will be a Rebel and join his former teammate, Quincy Adeboyejo, in Oxford.
Some other noteworthy players that will make final decisions include Brookaven linebacker Leo Lewis at 10:30 a.m. There is no live TV at that announcement. Lewis de-committed from Ole Miss over the weekend. Mississippi State and LSU are the two schools where he is most likely to end up heading into signing day.
Orlando, Fla., athlete Jalen Julius is set to announce his choice Wednesday at 10 in the morning. Julius, who can return punts and kickoffs as well as play slot receiver, is expected to pick Ole Miss over Louisville and Notre Dame. There was talk about a late offer from Miami, but that apparently will have no bearing on his choice.
Another one to watch for is defensive end Austrian Robinson of Trinity-Pawling School in Pawling, N.Y. His coach told me that Robinson was down to Maryland, Miami and Ole Miss over the weekend, while others have now reported that it was between Ole Miss and Maryland. He makes a choice at his school at 11 a.m.
And Drew Richmond, as many know, has de-committed from Ole Miss for Tennessee after visiting the Volunteers and coach Butch Jones this past weekend.