Ole Miss Commitment Stats
4-Star commit Breeland Speaks, the nation's No. 24 rated defensive tackle, was named the 5A Defensive Player of the Year, Region 2 (5A) Defensive Player of the Year, Circle B Spotlight Player of the Year, WJTV Defensive Player of the Year, first team All-District and first team All-State (5A) after collecting 118 tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss, 18 QB hurries, nine sacks, four forced fumbles, three blocked kicks, and five pass breakups.
4-Star Roderick Taylor, the nation's No. 3 rated offensive guard, collected over 100 pancake blocks throughout the season without giving up a sack. The Under Armour All-American was named first team All-State (5A), first All-Region 2 (5A) and the Blitz 16 Lineman of the Year by BancorpSouth.
3-Star Dayall Harris finished the year with 42 catches for 564 yards and seven touchdowns. He had 1,034 all-purpose yards and was named a first team All-State (5A) as a kick returner and also made the first team Region 2 (5A) team.
**4-Star DE commit, Garrald McDowell, helped Covington (La.) to the 5A semifinals this season after collecting 109 tackles, 12 sacks and 16 tackles for loss. He also scored six touchdowns at fullback. The 6' 2", 260-pound defensive lineman was selected first team All-State (5A) and first team All-Metro for the second consecutive season.
McDowell will be playing in the Under Armour All-American game on January 2.
**Ole Miss commits Alvin and Calvin Moore helped Bassfield to its second straight class 2A state championship. They finished the season with a 15-1 record.
Alvin finished the season with 123 tackles, five sacks and 12 tackles for loss. He was named class 2A Defensive Player of the Year and Region 7 (2A) Defensive Player of the Year for his on-the-field accomplishments. A.J. is rated the No. 59 rated outside linebacker by Scout.com
Calvin was 58-101 for 1,194 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also rushed for 318 yards and 13 touchdowns. On defense he collected 32 tackles, four for loss, and three interceptions. His production was good enough to earn him team All-State (2A) on defense and first team All-Region 7 (2A).
**One of the nation's top kickers, Gary Wunderlich, helped MUS to the D-II AA
Championship game. For the season, the Under Armour All-American punted the
ball 40 times for a 44.58-yard average. He was 49 of 50 in his extra points
and 55 of his 67 kickoffs were downed in the end zone. Wunderlich was 9 of 14
in the field goal department with four of his six misses from over 50 yards.
His long for the season was 51 yards. Wunderlich made three field goals from over
Wunderlich will be playing in the Under Armour All-Star game on January 2 and was named first team All-State (for all classifications) in Tennessee and Best of the Preps by the Commercial Appeal.
**RB D.K. Buford led Lafayette to the 4A state championship game for the third time in his high school career. He rushed for 1,027 rushing yards and 15 TDs and 298 receiving yards and three TDs despite playing on a high-ankle sprain and a shoulder injury for most of the season. Buford finished his career with over 3,600 yards of offense and 49 touchdowns.
The nation's No. 53 rated tailback was named first team All-State (4A) and first team Region 2 (4A) for his on-the-field accomplishments.
Buford will participate in the Offense/Defense All-American game on January 3.
**Ole Miss mid-term signee Kendrick Doss helped Florence to its first-ever 6A semifinal appearance. The 6' 2", 225-pound quarterback finished the season with 2,018 passing yards and 15 touchdowns and had 1,061 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns.
Scout.com's No. 56 rated quarterback was named first team All-State (6A) by the Alabama Sports Writers Association and to the Alabama Super 22 squad, which recognizes the top 22 players in Alabama regardless of classification.
Doss will enroll at Ole Miss in January with five years to play four.
**DT Jamiyus Pittman helped Colquitt County (GA) to the 6A semifinals. He finished the season with 60 tackles, eight for loss, and four sacks despite missing seven games with a broken leg.
Scout.com's No. 52 rated defensive tackle will delay his enrollment until January
at Ole Miss and take a grayshirt.
**LB Alfred Dickens missed the last four games of the season due to a concussion he received in the South Panola game. Through five and a half games of action he chipped in 62 tackles, two sacks, three interceptions, eight pass breakups and two forced fumbles.
The 6' 0", 200-pound outside linebacker was cleared to start working out again, non-contact. He is waiting to get cleared for contact.
**The nation's No. 63 rated offensive tackle, Tyler Putman, had his season
come to an end when he tore his ACL in his left knee in game one. He surgery
** Ole Miss 4-Star CB Kendarius Webster led Stockbridge to the 4A state semifinals. He was named Georgia's 4A Defensive Player of the Year after collecting 54 tackles, seven interceptions (class best in 4A), one interception for a touchdown, three offensive touchdowns, two forced fumbles and three returns for touchdowns.
Scout.com's No. 22 rated corner was also selected to the 4A All-State team and was Stockbridge's team MVP.
**The nation's No. 10 ranked safety, C.J. Hampton, helped Meridian to the 6A semifinals. The 6' 1", 195-pound free safety had 111 tackles and two interceptions on the season. He was named to second team All-State (6A) and earned Region 3 (6A) Defensive Player of the Year. honors
**The nation's No. 36 rated defensive end, Victor Evans, helped Dallas Skyline
to the state semifinals in Texas' largest classification He finished the season
with a 5A best 16 sacks to go along with 75 tackles, 24 tackles for loss,
and 17 quarterback pressures.
Evans was named to the AP first team All-State (5A) squad and was the conference and district Defensive MVP.
**The nation's No. 49 rated defensive tackle, Chris Williams, helped Sandy Creek to the 4A semifinals. The 6' 2", 280-pound Williams missed six games of action this season but came on late and collected 19 tackles, two sacks, and four tackles for loss in the playoffs. He finished the season with 34 tackles, three sacks, and nine tackles for loss.
** Ole Miss 4-Star commit, Markell Pack, finished his season with 1,792 yards of offense. He had 103 rushes for 1,170 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also caught 35 passes for 528 yards and three touchdowns and passed for another 94 yards. On defense the 6' 3", 200-pound safety had 16 tackles, two interceptions, two passes defended, one fumble recovery and forced a fumble in limited action.
Pack was named the Region 7(4A) Offensive Player of the Year and first All-State
**Ole Miss tight end commit Charles Standberry finished the season with 45 catches for 574 yards and eight touchdowns despite missing the season's final three games due to a high-ankle sprain. He helped Montgomery Carver to the 6A state semifinals.
The nation's No. 60 rated tight end was selected to the Montgomery Advertiser All-State team for his on-the-field accomplishments.
**Former Ole Miss 4-Star TE commit Sammie Epps finished the season with 46 receptions for 808 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was named to first team All-State (4A) along with being named Region 3 (4A) Offensive Player of the Year.
**LB DeMarquis Gates missed his senior season due to a torn ACL that he suffered in spring practice. The nation's No. 34 rated outside linebacker recorded 132 tackles as a junior.
Junior College Commits/Signees
**3-Star Akeem Judd helped Georgia Military Academy to the junior college national championship game. He carried 100 times for 584 yards and four touchdowns in a injury-riddled season. He is expected to graduate in March and have offseason surgery on his foot.
Judd is rated the No. 33 overall junior college player in the nation by ESPN.
**Ole Miss signee Fahn Cooper helped College of Dupage to the Carrier Dome Bowl this season while starting all 12 games at right tackle. He was named first team All-Conference and second team All-American by the NJCAA. The 6' 6", 315-pound tackle also started all 12 games as a redshirt freshman at Bowling Green.
Cooper signed with Ole Miss this month over Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Texas Tech. He will go through spring practice with two and a half years to play two.
Cooper was selected as the nation's No. 18 overall junior college recruit by ESPN and a 4-Star recruit.
**JUCO 4-Star signee Christian Russell helped East Mississippi Community College to the national championship and a perfect 11-0 season. The 6' 1", 240-pound middle linebacker had 80 tackles, three sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions on the season. The North Carolina native was named to the All-American squad for his second season at East. He was a second team selection by the NJCAA.
Russell will enroll at Ole Miss in January with three and a half years to play two.
Russell was the nation's No. 22 overall junior college recruit by ESPN and was a 4-Star selection by Scout.com.
**Ole Miss signee Jeremy Liggins and Northeast Community College's season is now over. In three games at defensive end he had 14 tackles and a sack. In four games of action at quarterback he had over 560 yards of offense and six touchdowns. He was named the No. 20 overall junior college prospect in the country by ESPN.
The 6' 4", 295-pound athlete signed with Ole Miss in January and is waiting for his waiver from the NCAA on the three-semester rule. If the waiver goes through, he will enroll in January with four and a half years to play three. If the waiver fails, he will enroll at Ole Miss in May with four to play three.
**Ole Miss junior 4-Star commit RB Raleigh Williams finished the season with 118 carries for 767 yards and five touchdowns. He caught 20 passes for 269 receiving yards and three touchdowns in eight games of action. In his sophomore season, the Bishop Lynch, Texas, native rushed for over 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Williams missed three and half games of action and was named second team All-District.
**Ole Miss commits 2015 TE Willie Hibbler and 2016 RB Justin Conner helped North Panola advance to the school's first-ever appearance
in the second round of the 3A playoffs.
Hibbler, the 6' 5", 225-pound 4-Star tight end/linebacker, finished the season with 108 rushing yards, 31 catches for 746 yards and 14 touchdowns, as well 77 tackles and four forced fumbles on defense. He was named first team Region 2 (3A) and was named North Panola's team MVP.
Conner, Ole Miss' 4-Star sophomore running back commit. had 824 rushing yards and four touchdowns despite missing the last four games
of the season with a hamstring issue. Conner was named to first team Region
**Ole Miss 4-Star WR commit DeKaylin Metcalf helped Oxford to the 5A finals with a 14-1 record. The sophomore receiver finished the season with 52 catches for 618 yards and eight touchdowns despite missing five games of action. He was named to the Max Preps Top 100 Underclassmen and was a Region 1 (5A) first team selection.
**Ole Miss junior LB commit, Fred Walls, finished the season with 122 tackles, six for loss, three sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception. He was named second team All-State by the MAC and first team All-Region 1(6A).