RECRUITING NOTEBOOK: Big recruiting weekend for Rebels, late drama for Bulldogs

JOHN LUKE McCORD

JOHN LUKE McCORD

It was the weekend that Hugh Freeze and staff have been waiting for. While the weekend didn’t immediately yield a commitment, it appears the impression the Rebels made with current commits and uncommitted targets over the weekend was well worth the wait.

Ole Miss has precious few spots left to fill, but with only two weeks remaining before signing day it was important the Rebels reaffirmed their current commits and put themselves in good position with remaining targets, most of which were on campus this weekend. All of the commitments seemed to have firmed up their status.

The key visitors this weekend that the Rebels are trying to add before signing day are: athlete D.J. Law of Haines City, Fla., OL Sean Rawlings of Madison, OL Jordan Sims from Homewood, Ala., ATH Isaiah McKenzie from Fort Lauderdale, CB Terrence Alexander of New Orleans, and DL Michael Sawyers of Nashville.

Law left Oxford on Sunday with the Rebels as his newly minted leaders, while Sims said Ole Miss remained at the top for him. Rawlings, an MSU commit, said he’ll announce his final decision this week.

Alexander and McKenzie each have a final three, with Notre Dame and Ole Miss making that group for both. McKenzie is also considering Florida and Stanford is still in the hunt for Alexander. Sawyers sent out a tweet on Sunday that read, “Just fell back in love with Oxford …”

The Rebels also entertained a top 2015 prospect this weekend as an unofficial visitor in Drew Richmond of Memphis. The visit appears to have continued recent momentum with Richmond and the Rebels.

Starkville visits

Meanwhile in Starkville, Mississippi State was playing host to a few important uncommitted targets, as well. The Bulldogs hosted perhaps their most important target left on the board in DL Cory Thomas of McCalla, Ala. The Bulldogs were longtime leaders for Thomas prior to his commitment to Tennessee in November. MSU looks to be in a good position after his visit.

In addition to Thomas, MSU hosted OL Jervontius Stallings of Birmingham, Ala., and DL Anthony Brown of Killian, Fla. The Bulldogs are in the driver’s seat with Stallings if they have room, while Brown has a top two of MSU and Arkansas with just the in-homes from coaches remaining to sway him.

MSU DB commit Brandon Bryant of Tunica visited the school he was committed to for some time, Southern Miss, over the weekend. While there was some drama around him, it appears he is still solid to the Bulldogs. MSU is still trying to find room for Clarksdale athlete J.T. Gray as well.

John Luke McCord, from Tupelo, is a freelance recruiting writer for the Daily Journal and Rebels247.