By Brandon Speck
Could Ole Miss sign another top-rated wide receiver?
Clyde Leflore, who plays for New Orleans’ Warren Easton High School, is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 10 player in Louisiana, has said Ole Miss is in his top five.
Ole Miss signed the nation’s top receiver, Laquon Treadwell, last year.
Could Leflore go to Oxford in a package that would include the nation’s No. 1 receiver? Easton teammate Tyron Johnson is the top-ranked wide receiver in America for the 2015 class.
The Rebels have offered both players.
“We talked about it, but he doesn’t really know where he wants to go yet,” Leflore said, “so when he does sign, then we’ll really find the outcome of where I’m going to go.”
The offer sheet for the 6-foot, 170-pound Leflore is a who’s who. After the 4-star 2016 receiver are, along with the Rebels: Clemson, LSU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA, Georgia, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisville, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Tulane, Southern Miss and Oklahoma State.
Last week at the National Select 7-on-7 National Championships in Hoover, Ala., Leflore said he hasn’t set a timetable to make a decision, but did say Ole Miss is in his top five, along with Clemson Texas Tech, Texas A&M and LSU.
“But that’s not in any order,” he says.
The two receivers led their team to the Select championship with a 12-1 record over the two days in Hoover.
Johnson is No. 27 on the ESPN 300. His offer sheet includes Alabama, Miami, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Auburn, California, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, San Diego State, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and UCLA.
“It’s gotten very intense over the years,” Johnson said. “Everybody is trying to get me and everybody is calling my phone.”
Both players say their styles are similar. Their coach, Tony Hull, agrees. He says Ole Miss is in the mix for either, or both.
“They’re running backs playing receiver,” Hull said. “They can run great routes. They catch the ball at its highest point. Their ball skills are tremendous and what they do after touching it is what a running back does. It’s kind of you get the best of both worlds with those two.
“Ole Miss is doing a great job recruiting them. They’re definitely on the list.”
The 6-1, 185-pound Johnson was 4A all-state last season after 1,300 yards receiving and 20 TDs. He doesn’t have a top five or a favorite among his suitors.
Leflore says the two are like the same person on the field and Johnson is playing adviser off the field for Leflore, who is admittedly “excited” about the recruiting process.
“He knows a lot about it, so I just go to him for help,” said Leflore, “how should I handle it and stuff, how he’s handled it over the years. So yeah, we talk about it a lot.”
Johnson wasn’t with the team when they played in a July 7-on-7 tournament at Ole Miss, but he knows enough to keep the Rebels in consideration.
“Ole Miss is a nice school,” Johnson said. “Ole Miss has had a lot of receivers from New Orleans who went there and went to the pros.”