By Parrish Alford
OXFORD – If you like your offensive linemen with a bit of a nasty streak you’re going to love the six commitments in the Class of 2016, Jack DeFoor says.
DeFoor, a three-star offensive tackle from Calhoun, Ga., was already committed when he took his official visit this weekend.
Ole Miss has six OL commits, filling the number of players it hopes to sign at the position.
“If you’re going to play in the SEC on the offensive line that’s how you’ve got to be. You can’t be soft. The guys we have committed, we’re all really similar in that way. It’s a bunch of nasty, blue-collar type guys,” DeFoor said.
The Rebels hope they have Laremy Tunsil’s replacement in five-star left tackle Greg Little of Allen, Texas.
Other committed linemen include Bryce Mathews of Brentwood, Tenn., Royce Newman of Nashville, Ill., Chandler Tuitt of Tyrone, Ga., and Eli Johnson of Lafayette County.
“We all really fit together, our personalities,” DeFoor said. “That’s really huge, especially on the offensive line. The visits went really well. Everybody had a good time.”
DeFoor said he spent most of his team with Little, Mathews and with Jacob Mathis, a prep school tight end rated four stars by 247Sports. Mathis could also play wide receiver or another position.
DeFoor spoke highly of the Rebels’ chances to land Mathis and also uncommitted Manvel, Texas safety Deontay Anderson. Anderson is rated the No. 2 safety in the country by 247Sports.
“Deontay’s a lock, I think,” DeFoor said. “Deontay, he’s a Rebel.”
DeFoor said he thinks Ole Miss has a really good shot at getting Starkville wide receiver A.J. Brown.
“That’s what I’m hearing from everybody,” he said.
The biggest things DeFoor is looking forward to is getting together with his new teammates on the field.
“It’s good that we communicate off the field. That will make it easier when we get together, and everybody starts meshing,” he said.