Monday Morning Update

Vacation is over. I’ll be back breaking bricks today.

Looks like some big recruiting news last week in the commitment of Brentwood, Tenn., offensive lineman Bryce Mathews.

He’s a Rivals 250 player, a four-star recruit, the No. 189 player in the nation and the No. 3 player in Tennessee.

As life without Laremy Tunsil looms next season it’s a huge pick-up, and it’s interesting to watch the collection of offensive line talent building with Rod Taylor last year, Javon Patterson this year and now Mathews, apparently, to come in 2016.

There are interesting project players in the current class of freshmen too in Alex Givens and Michael Howard.

Hugh Freeze has always said it takes time to build the offensive line. Sometimes time is a luxury you just don’t have.

The Rebels have NFL talent on the roster at a number of positions right now, and if they can run the ball more consistently than they did last year they’ll take a lot of pressure off whoever is the quarterback.

Tunsil is one of those NFL caliber names, and even with him it was an average offensive line last year.

They’ve got the chance to be better this season for several reasons: five returning starters, better conditioning for senior Aaron Morris, solid young talent that is expected to provide better depth.

Offensive line is a key area to keep an eye on.

In other news …

More good news on the recruiting front could come Tuesday when four-star Allen, Texas safety Jaylon Jones makes an announcement. Ole Miss is a finalist. …

Here’s a good read on new Steelers cornerback Senquez Golson and the high expectations in Pittsburgh for the former Ole Miss star. …

From CoachinSearch.com, 30-plus FBS head coaches will call their own plays on offense including Freeze. …

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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  • Killer_Beeze

    Welcome back PA. Hope you had a nice vacation. Recruiting news for Ole Miss is looking real good. Coach Freeze has the #7 recruiting class for 2016!

    http://247sports.com/Season/2016-Football/CompositeTeamRankings

    • Parrish Alford

      Thanks Beeze. Just trying to get back in routine.

      • Killer_Beeze

        I’m glad coach Freeze is optimistic about the oline. Barring any unexpected injuries the run game can only get better.
        When do the Rebels began Fall practice?
        Looking forward to your upcoming reports. I’m ready for football. 🏈


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