Running back Cam Akers
Yancy Porter: Ole Miss has targeted Cam to be their feature back since Akers was a 9th grader. They have invested a lot of time and energy to ensure they get a running back that gives them the versatility they have been looking for within their offense. He's the missing link, in their eyes.
Cam has always been a big "Mississippi" guy and is very close to both of his parents. He's receiving interest from coast to coast but the main players appear to be Ole Miss, FSU, Georgia, Tennessee, LSU, Alabama and Ohio State.
In the end I believe he'll stay close to his roots which put Ole Miss, LSU and Alabama as three schools to watch. LSU (which he pulled for as a kid) and Alabama obviously feature their tailbacks. Ole Miss has been looking to add a difference maker at tailback that they can feature. If it were not for the NCAA cloud I would lean heavily towards Ole Miss. I still give them the edge but it will go down to the wire. I believe LSU will be in until the end.
Billy Embody: LSU already has a running back committed in Clyde Edwards-Helaire, but the Tigers are looking for a second back that can really be a workhorse. The coaching change likely hurt LSU just a bit, but if you've seen LSU under Ed Orgeron, the Tigers are even more explosive. LSU's ability to feature a back (or two depending on how things go with Fournette-Guice), could be a major selling point.
LSU fell off the radar a bit as other schools entered the mix like Ohio State, but it seems like it will be very tough for Akers to leave the area. LSU is certainly pushing for him and has visited him recently to catch his game, but will it be enough with the turnover? Stability at the LSU coaching position would go a long way to helping LSU jump firmly back into place. For now, I think he's headed to Ole Miss. If he visits LSU, which could be for the Alabama game, a great visit would go a long way. Akers visits Alabama this weekend for his official visit.
Quarterback Myles Brennan
Yancy Porter: Myles' older brother played quarterback at Ole Miss several years back. He grew up going to Ole Miss games and was disappointed when they didn't offer him early. LSU was able to snag a commitment from him before he really blew up on the summer circuit through various camps and combines.
Brennan has been a firm commitment and has never wavered but the recent dismissal of Les Miles has opened the door, in our opinion. Ole Miss offered Myles a few months back and sent their offensive coordinator to watch him play the week before last. The biggest hurdle that the Rebels face is the Shea Patterson factor. The nation’s top quarterback in the 2016 class is taking a redshirt at Ole Miss this season and his brother is helping coach him. That’s a major hurdle for Ole Miss to overcome for any blue chip quarterback. Myles is Ole Miss’ No.1 choice to fill the slot at quarterback. The questions surrounding his recruitment will settle when LSU settles in on a head coach. He’ll say the right things to the media but the uncertainty with the LSU coaching staff does leave the door open.
Billy Embody: Brennan has been firm in his commitment to LSU and has been a visitor to LSU a couple times lately. Ole Miss offensive coordinator Dan Werner watched Brennan a couple weeks back on the same night LSU coach Ed Orgeron did. That shows how much both value Brennan in their classes. Orgeron said on his radio show that he prefers pro-style quarterbacks and Brennan certainly fits that mold.
LSU has to have Brennan in this class. He's one of the most important pieces for the Tigers, who will have Danny Etling back at quarterback next season, but after that, a lot of unproven talent. Brennan's pro-style style would fit very well in what Orgeron wants to do offensively especially if he's named head coach. Whoever the next LSU coach is, Brennan would be welcomed I'd imagine. It's a matter of how he gels with the new offensive coordinator and coach. Right now, I'd say Brennan is solid to LSU, but once a coaching decision is made final, we'll see him quickly affirm his commitment or explore options.
Linebacker Patrick Queen
Yancy Porter: Patrick has been a regular on the Ole Miss campus for the past couple years. He’s attended games at Ole Miss this fall while remaining committed to LSU. Patrick has not commented to us where he stands now that Les Miles has been dismissed so we don’t know where he stands. The Rebels are obviously in search to fill holes at the linebacker position but Queen thinks of himself more as a safety. We don’t know how big of a factor that will be in the end.
Billy Embody: LSU sees Queen at their Rover position, which is on the outside and plays in space more unlike the middle linebacker spot, where as he put it last week, "It keeps linemen off you every play." Queen told us last week that unless something really crazy happens, he sees himself as a Tiger. I think that holds true. I see Queen as a Tiger as long as the current defensive staff is pretty much in place.
Safety Todd Harris
Yancy Porter: The hard hitting safety out of the Bayou state is unquestionably Ole Miss’ No. 1 target at safety. They recruited well at this position in the 2016 class so it’s not a huge priority but they will take one if they can find a sure fire baller, which Harris fits that label.
Todd and Patrick Queen are close and both have tripped together at Ole Miss on several occasions. If Ole Miss were able to flip Patrick it would increase Ole Miss’ chances to land Harris, but the feeling I’m getting is that Todd will be a hard one to pry away from LSU.
Billy Embody: Harris is a huge target for LSU, but LSU has two safeties already committed in Jacoby Stevens and Grant Delpit. Delpit is one the team will really have to hold on as he continues to look at schools like Florida as well. That makes Harris even more key. He's be on campus multiple times and I fully expect him to be a part of this class. One wild card could be if Harris and Queen both decide they want to head to Oxford. The pair are best friends.
Offensive lineman Saahdiq Charles
Yancy Porter: The 4-Star offensive lineman preps at MRA in Jackson, Miss., but he was born and raised in New Orleans. The projected offensive guard committed to LSU within weeks of receiving his offer from the Tigers. The Rebels have stayed on Saahdiq throughout his commitment to LSU but did not offer until later in the summer. He is definitely one they are keeping a close eye on. The fans have been close tabs with a pair of 5-Stars in Walker Little and Trey Smith but Charles is also a focal point for Ole Miss.
My personal take is that it will all come down to who LSU hires. If they let go of Coach Ed Orgeron and Jeff Grimes then it will open the door for not only Ole Miss but other schools like Florida and Mississippi State.
Charles, like several others, are just in a wait-and-see mode until LSU makes their hire.
Billy Embody: Charles has been one of the biggest priorities for the LSU staff for a while now. The massive lineman would be a perfect fit in LSU's current offense. Offensive line coach Jeff Grimes was by to see him recently while LSU had its unexpected bye week with the Florida game being postponed. Charles will likely take a look elsewhere, like Yancy said, if moves are made with the offensive staff especially that would include Grimes departing. Charles has great respect for what Grimes has been able to do with offensive linemen at LSU. Other schools are entering the mix to position themselves for Charles, but as of now with the staff in place, he's a Tiger. It all depends on the staff at this point with the LSU commit.