By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
Monday was a big recruiting day for Ole Miss football, with the Rebels confirming one member of the fold and adding a new one to it.
The Ole Miss Spirit and others reported Monday morning that junior college transfer defensive tackle Jarran Reed (6-4, 305) had offered a verbal commitment to the Rebels.
In the afternoon Memphis running back Mark Dodson, who has been an Ole Miss commitment since the summer, reaffirmed that pledge and went so far as to sign financial aid papers with the Rebels.
Vanderbilt had made a late push for Dodson (5-10, 192), who is rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com.
Signing of the papers at this time binds Ole Miss to Dodson – who is expected to enroll in January – not the other way around.
Dodson last week was named Tennessee’s Gatorade Player of the Year. He rushed for more than 3,300 yards this season, including a reported 318 in the Class 5A championship game as he led Whitehaven to a 36-35 overtime win against Maryville.
Reed, a native of Goldsboro, N.C., is expected to be a February signee. He is described as a raw, physical talent and had offers from Florida, Florida State, Texas Tech and Mississippi State as well as his home-state Tar Heels.
He will give the Rebels a big presence to help replace seniors Gilbert Pena and Uriah Grant on a defensive line that otherwise returns most of its players.
The Ole Miss class, with 21 commits, is presently ranked No. 17 by Scout.com.
For more coverage of Reed and Dodson, visit OMSpirit.com.