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Ole Miss fans weren't the only ones impressed with the Rebels' season-opening win over Vandy. We caught up with Ole Miss commits to discuss the game, as well as how they did in their last football game.


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DeKaylin Metcalf
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**Sophomore WR DeKaylin Metcalf and Oxford defeated Starkville 35-24 last Friday to run their record to 2-0. The son of former All-American Terrence Metcalf had five catches for for 33 yards while being doubled teamed the whole night. On defense he made his mark with a key interception.

Metcalf has 11 catches for 166 yards and two touchdowns through two games and is expected to attend Ole Miss-SEMO on Saturday.

"I loved the Ole Miss game last Thursday," Metcalf said about the Vandy game."It had me on my seat sweating the whole game. Laquon Treadwell is a beast. I like Ole Miss playing all of those freshmen because it showed me that I have a chance to start when I get there and that they're better than some of those older players. The three freshmen that stood out to me the most are Laquon Treadwell, Evan Ingram, and Antonio Conner."

 

 

 

**The nation's No. 2 offensive guard, Roderick Taylor, helped Jackson Callaway pave the way for 212 rushing and 187 passing yards in their 27-14 over Warren Central to run their record to 2-0. Taylor hasn't allowed a sack through two games while playing left tackle.

"Ole Miss showed me that they won't quit when things look down," Taylor said. "I hated seeing Aaron Morris go down. That kind of took some of the joy out of the win for me. We're real close, but I know Aaron is going to fight through it and come out better next season. Plus it gives me two years to play with Aaron and (Justin) Bell. That's a good thing. I plan on being up there this weekend"

Callaway faces Jackson Provine tonight.


**The nation's No. 28 ranked safety, Ronald Walker, was a force for Callaway's defense and special teams. He chipped in eight tackles, recovered a fumble, and returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown.

"I thought Ole Miss had a lot of first-game jitters but then they settled in," Walker said. "They took it to them in the second half outside of those two busts to let them score there in the end. They came right back and scored which really impressed me. Coach Freeze has them boys believing, and I expect them to come out this weekend and blow Southeast Missouri out."

Walker has 20 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and an 80-yard kickoff return through two games.




**Ole Miss commit Dayall Harris caught six passes for 96 yards against Warren Central last Friday. The 6' 3", 185-pounder now has eight catches catches for 120 yards and a touchdown through two games

"I thought Laquon Treadwell showed what he's all about Thursday," Harris said. "I really liked how they set up the short passes for the post routes in the game. I think Ole Miss' offense kind of wore them down in the second half with the up-tempo. I like how balanced their offense is, and I know I have a shot to come in next fall and help them out. That really excites me. I'll be there this weekend."

 

 

**One of the nation's top junior college backs, Akeem Judd, is still bothered by a high-ankle sprain but still managed to rush the ball 18 times in a 35-25 loss to Snow CC. The 6' 0", 220-pound back believes his ankle is getting better and so are the Rebels.

"It'll feeling a lot better," Judd said about the ankle. "It's getting looser and looser as each day goes by. I still have a little trouble cutting on it but I'm getting there. As far as the Ole Miss game I thought it was a good game. We fought hard until the end. I think with so many freshmen playing early the future will be bright for us."

 


Calvin Moore
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**Bassfield ran its winning streak to 17 games last Friday in their 42-29 win against 4A Forrest County Ag. Calvin Moore ignited the offense with three touchdowns. Alvin Moore held down the defensive side of the ball with 13 tackles, one safety, one sack, and three tackles from behind the line of scrimmage.

"I think Ole Miss played well," C.J. said. "They fought for four quarters and it showed. I also thought it was great that they played all of those freshmen. I know they're going to need some help at corner next year and hopefully I can be one of those guys to fill the void. They want me to come in and be ready to compete for a starting spot."

"That was a heck of a game," A.J. said. "I know they gave up that late touchdown but they pulled it out. That shows a lot of character. That's how we play down here. I thought their freshmen played great. I watched Tony Conner a lot and he hasn't missed a beat since South Panola. I think we're going to make a great tandem out there. I like how they let their defenders fly around and make plays."

 


 

**North Panola's football team bounced back with an impressive 48-7 win over Byhalia. The game was moved from North Panola to Byhalia after last week's shooting left one dead at the game. Junior Ole Miss commit, TE Willie Hibbler, had one reception but it was a big one for a 60-yard touchdown. Ole Miss sophomore commit, Justin Conner, had 13 carries for 89 yards and a touchdown.

"Ole Miss scared the lights out of me," Hibbler said. "I was on the edge of my seat the whole night, but they pulled it out in the end. I think they proved they can come back from adversity. That's huge for their team. I also liked how they used Evan Engram. He went out wide on a lot of plays and ran some good routes. I know they need some more tight ends to come in there and make some plays, and I plan on being one of them. I'll be there this weekend."

 

**The nation's top kicker, Gary Wunderlich, had another solid night punting the ball as he had a 49 yard average on the night. He was also 6-6 on his PATs in their 45-12 win over Memphis Kingsbury. Wonderlich also booted a 42-yard field goal.

"I'd describe watching the game as an emotional roller coaster. Unbelievable game. There were a lot of young guys that stepped up and made big plays. It was just a huge win for our program. I can't wait to get down there Saturday to see them play."

MUS is now 1-1 and faces Pulaski Academy out of Arkansas tonight.

 

LB Alfred Dickens had to sit out of Olive Branch's game against Memphis Raleigh-Egypt. Olive Branch won the contest by the score of 71-0 to push its record to 2-0. The Ole Miss commit had a shoulder stinger in the season-opener against Memphis-Ridgeway but is expected to be back on the field tonight.

"That was an awesome game," Dickens said. "That was a gut-check and they passed. Last year they lost those games, and now they're winning them. Coach Freeze is taking that program to the top, and I can't wait to be a part of it."


**Colquitt County (GA) was defeated by Hoover (Ala) by a score of 24-10 in the clash of two of the state's top programs.Ole Miss commit DT Jamiyus Pittman had another big game. He recorded five tackles, three tackles for loss, and one sack in the defeat. Last week he was the star of the game with 16 tackles, two sacks, and four tackles from behind the line of scrimmage.

"I like that the freshmen made an immediate impact and kept fighting through the game," Pittman said. "Hopefully I will get the chance to do the same things for them one day."

Colquitt faces Lovejoy (GA) this tonight.







Sammie Epps
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**Ole Miss TE commit Sammie Epps had a 66-yard touchdown reception in Greenwood's 21-13 loss to Grenada. He has six receptions for 155 yards and two touchdowns through two games. Greenwood faces Clarksdale tonight.

 

"I loved how they used Evan Engram," Epps said. "They let him run some receiver routes and get involved in the passing game. They're short on tight ends so I plan on coming in there next fall and give Evan some help. I plan on being there Saturday."

 

**Lafayette bounced back with a 28-12 win over Corinth Friday. Ole Miss commit D.K. Buford had two rushing touchdowns in the contest. In two games of action he has accounted for 131 rushing yards, 66 receiving yards and four touchdowns.

Lafayette faces DeSoto Central tonight


"Jeff Scott saved their season," Buford said. "That was a heck of a run. Big-time players make big-time plays and that's what Jeff did. I liked how they were playing so many freshmen too. I want to come in there and help them out at slot or running back next fall, and I know I'll get that chance if I take care of business. I'll be there Saturday to see their home opener."

 

**3-Star OG Tyler Putman's season came to an end when he received news that he tore his ACL in his left knee. He tore his ACL in his right knee at the end of his junior campaign.

"It was tough hearing that news," Putman said. "But I have come back from this before. My right knee is now stronger than it was before and it only took me nine months to recover. I plan on doing the same thing with my left knee. It happened early so I will be fine by the time practices start in August. If not, I'll take a redshirt and get both legs ready to go. God has a plan for me."

 

"The game was intense, mostly in the fourth quarter. It was a great game to watch, but I'm sure it was nerve-racking playing in it. It was great watching all of those freshmen make an impact. The coaches knew they were ready and the freshmen didn't fail them. they came and showed out."


**4-Star OG Andy Bauer had a successful surgery on his hip in August. He will miss the remainder of the high school season but his recovery time is quicker than most anticipated.

"I'll be fully healed in three months." Bauer said. "People started acting like I was dead or something. It was really no big deal. I could have played through it this season if I wanted to, but I needed to look after my best interest. It's going to actually improve my range of motion and explosiveness. It was an outpatient procedure that consisted of just two orthoscopic holes. Percy Harvin had it done and was back the same season. I'm still going to play in the Under Armour All-American game."



**The nation's No. 10 ranked safety, C.J. Hampton, helped Meridian to a 29-22 win over Quitman this past Friday. The Ole Miss commit had nine tackles and three pass deflections in the game. Meridian faces South Panola in a huge showdown between the two Class 6A powerhouse programs in Mississippi.

"That was just a great game to watch," Hampton said. "Ole Miss showed me a lot by coming back to win that game. It would have been easy for them to just say this is not our night but they kept answering the bell time and time again. It's exciting watching all of those freshmen make an impact because I plan on doing the same thing."

 


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**The nation's No. 36 rated defensive end, Victor Evans, started his season in style as he posted three sacks and five tackles in Dallas Skyline's thrilling 33-30 win over Woodlands in their season-opener.

"It was awesome seeing all of those freshmen making plays for Ole Miss," Evans said. "I'm telling everyone around here that Ole Miss is a defensive school and if you want to be a land shark to come join me and help them win a national championship. Hotty Toddy."

"Our season opener almost game me a heart attack to be honest. We made some plays at the end of the game to pull it out, but I have to give Woodlands a lot of credit for hanging in there with us. They fought hard. We fought hard. We just made one more play than they did. We might see them again on down the road."

 

 

 

**We're not sure if we have ever seen a tied game in the high school ranks but Sandy Creek (GA) and Plant (Fla) ended up in a 27-27 deadlock. The nation's No. 49 rated defensive tackle, Chris Williams, chipped in a sack and a tackle in the contest. The Ole Miss commit was also impressed with the Ole Miss win Saturday.

"That was one of the best games I've ever seen," Williams said. "I thought they had it won and Vandy made that crazy pass against them but they fought back. I just love where coach Freeze has that program headed. I was impressed with Robert (Nkemdiche's) performance. He played hard. I plan on coming in there next fall and doing the same thing."


**Florence (Ala) and Ole Miss commit Kendrick Doss got off to a good start with a 28-7 win over Gadsden City last Friday. The 6' 2", 230-pound quarterback threw for over 250 yards and two touchdowns in the contest.

 

 

**Ole Miss commit DE Jeremy Liggins battled back spasams in their 34-28 loss to Jones CC but still managed to collect four tackles in the contest. The former Lafayette quarterback is now 6' 4", 295-pounds and has 9 tackles through two games.

"I thought Ole Miss showed a lot of heart Saturday," Liggins said after his game last night. "I just can't wait to get in there in December and help those guys out. I have been waiting a long time, and my time is coming. Coach (Hugh) Freeze was there for me when nobody else was and I will never forget that."

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