Signing Day

Update 12:45 p.m.

Yancy Porter is reporting that David Luafatasaga has flipped from Ole Miss to Utah. Luafatasaga wasn’t getting a lot of notoriety, but that’s a big loss for Ole Miss, because linebacker is a big position of need. The good news is I don’t have to learn to spell that name.

Ole Miss has gotten some Signing Day surprises to swing their way before. This year they’re going the other way.

Update 12:34

Juco DE Jonathan Kongbo to Tennessee Twitter tells me.

Still not seeing LB David Luafatasaga on the Ole Miss official site right now. I would imagine it eventually makes it there, but there is the great unknown of Signing Day.

By my count Ole Miss has five players ranked in the top 53 of the 247Sports composite ratings.

Greg Little (3), Shea Patterson (4), Benito Jones (24), AJ Brown (38), Deontay Anderson (53).

DK Metcalf is rated the No. 112 recruit.

There was some speculation as to whether Brown and Metcalf would actually want to play together. It’s hard to feature two wide receivers the way Ole Miss featured Laquon Treadwell last year, but what a great problem to have.

Two gifted, physical pick-ups for Ole Miss.

According to the Ole Miss site, paper work was received on OL Chandler Tuitt at 6 a.m. Tuitt was extremely enthusiastic on his choice when I spoke to him last week and gets the Early Bird Award for cranking up that fax machine at 7 a.m. in his time zone.

Update 12:11 p.m.

This is going to be an outstanding signing class, the best ever for Ole Miss.

The loss of Jeffery Simmons will be analyzed, as it should, but should not diminish the group.

The late pick-up of safety Deontay Anderson, the No. 53-rated player in the 247Sports composite rankings, is a big gain for Ole Miss, and safety, like defensive line, is a rebuilding position right now.

Also, running back D’Vaughn Pennamon has been committed since July, but with all the apparent wavering he’s done it’s huge to have him in the group.

Ole Miss is better off at running back than some other positions right now. What’s impressive about Pennamon, if recruiting profile heights and weights are to be believed, is that he comes in around 220 pounds. You can do a lot with that frame in a weight program and develop a real power back.

Update 12:03 p.m.

Well, Greg Little and Jeffery Simmons won’t be teammates. The next question is can Little block him?

At this typing it sounds like Ole Miss could still land Juco DE Jonathan Kongbo. Reports indicate a parent wants Ole Miss, the player wants Tennessee. Ole Miss seems to often have a scenario like that.

I see Ole Miss did get tight end Jacob Mathis, giving the Rebels three tight ends in the class. Looks like a lot of athleticism to replace Evan Engram when the time comes. Can’t imagine all three stay at tight end. Someone will be a wide receiver.

Update 11:43 a.m.

Settling into Oxford and trying to grab a little lunch while getting caught up. If you’d have told me the US Alt 45 swing was going to go 1-for-2 for Ole Miss I’d have thought the Rebels would get Jeffery Simmons but lose A.J. Brown. Turns out the other way, though I didn’t think Simmons was going to MSU.

The Starkville ceremony was very crowded but, thankfully, was handled quickly. Heard as many Hotty Toddy cheers today as I did down the road in late November.

Brown is a huge get, but Simmons is an equally big loss. The Rebels have more depth at receiver than they do defensive line right now.

Update 9:25 a.m.

I was told Shy Carter announced for Alabama. Well, A.J. Brown did not. Here is video of him announcing for Ole Miss. Story on DJournal.com in a bit. Then I’m on the road.

Welcome to Signing Day. Hay’s in the barn folks. Maybe some paper work doesn’t get done today, and somebody signs later. Maybe there’s a Signing Day Surprise coming for better or worse.

I’ll be driving early to get to A.J. Brown’s announcement at Starkville High School. It is supposed to begin around 9. I don’t know which way it will go, but when I went to sleep Ole Miss was still hopeful to land Brown, the No. 38 overall recruits, the No. 5 wide receiver according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.

I’ll post the Brown information and hopefully some video as soon as I can. I’ll check in when I can, but I’ll be driving shortly after the Brown event and don’t expect to have too many chances to update this post as official paper work on commits comes through.

Feel free to add that info to the comments section, and I’ll get caught up when I can.

I had thought about going to the Jeffery Simmons announcement, but the five-star DE from Noxubee County is announcing at 11. The logistics of doing what needed to be done there and getting to Oxford for the Hugh Freeze presser at 2 were not going to work out.

Here’s the commit list as I knew it as of last night:

Player    Pos.       School/hometown

Gabe Angel*       TE           Cookeville, Tenn.

Justin Connor     RB          Sardis

Octavious Cooley             TE           Laurel

Jack DeFoor        OL          Calhoun, Ga.

Greg Eisworth*  DB          Grand Prairie, Texas

Donta Evans*     LB           Lawrenceville, Ga.

Myles Hartsfield*             DB          Great Barrington, MA

Eli Johnson*       OL          Lafayette

Benito Jones*    DT          Wayne County

Jaylon Jones       DB          Allen, Texas

Greg Little           OT          Allen, Texas

David Luafatasaga           LB           Arizona Western CC

Bryce Mathews                OL          Brentwood, Tenn.

DK Metcalf          WR         Oxford

Royce Newman OL          Nashville, IL

Tre Nixon            WR         Viera, FL

Shea Patterson*               QB          Shreveport, LA

D’Vaughn Pennamon      RB          Marvel, Texas

Jarrion Street     RB          Trussville, Ala.

Tariqious Tisdale              LB           Lexington, Tenn.

Chandler Tuitt    OT          Tyrone, Ga.

Charles Wiley*   DE          Stockbridge, Ga.

  • Enrolled early

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

    Ole Miss has the big MO going into NSD. I hope these kids realize that and ink with the Rebels. I hoping that Coach Freeze & staff get big rewards today for all their hard work and most of all…beat ‘Bama!!!
    Stay safe on the roads PA.

    • JB

      congrats to you K-b and ole Miss in their successful signings coach FReeze do this and probable have NXAA after him and Ole Miss:

      Harbaugh taking Michigan to Florida for spring break

  • Spencer Galland

    I’ve noticed that we have had a couple of missed opportunities to land the #1 class (DE’s Kongbo and Simmons) and losing LB Luafatasaga doesn’t help either. However, this is still one of the best classes Ole Miss has ever had so far and the day isn’t over yet. The team has already replaced Tunsil, Treadwell, and Nkemdiche with younger versions of themselves so I don’t see much of a step back in 2016. So excited for next season! HOTTY TODDY!


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