By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – The Ole Miss roster has two fewer players today, one of the departures further depleting depth at wide receiver.
Gone are sophomore wideout Tobias Singleton and redshirt freshman offensive lineman Mitch Hall, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze announced on Wednesday.
Singleton, a high school All-American, was rated the No. 5 player in Mississippi, the No. 20 wide receiver in the country by Rivals.com following the 2010 season, his senior year at Madison Central.
However, Singleton was surpassed by other freshmen in his signing class, most notably Donte Moncrief and Nick Brassell.
“Tobias is going to go another direction. We wish him the best, we really do. He’s a good kid, I love him and hope he does well,” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said. “Ole Miss is a wonderful place to go to school. We want people who want to be here and be part of what we want to do.”
By the end of the season another freshman, Collins Moore, was also getting more playing time.
Singleton contributed as a kick returner and was moved to running back for the regular-season finale at Mississippi State.
He remained at running back with the new staff in the spring and returned to receiver at the start of camp. He was expected to compete at the inside receiver position following Moore’s injury early in the first week.
Singleton had two catches for 12 yards last season and returned 20 kicks for a 24.6-yard average and a long return of 47 yards.
“It was obvious when I first got here in the spring that he was not sure where he wanted to be. We’ve got to have people who are all in,” Freeze said. “I like Tobias and wish him the best. He just never decided that he was all in.”
Hall is the younger brother of former Ole Miss lineman Matt Hall, a 12-game starter last year. Matt Hall had a year of eligibility remaining but did not return for this season.
Rivals.com ranked Mitch Hall among the top 10 players in Arkansas following his senior high school season in Russellville, Ark.
Early in camp he was running second team at left tackle. More recently those snaps have gone to true freshman Robert Conyers.