Notebook: Rebels to close strong?

Ole Miss has one five-star commitment and they have three five-star prospects visiting this weekend. Could they be on their way to a special class?

Laquon Treadwell, a five-star wide receiver and Elijah Daniel, a four-star defensive end committed to Ole Miss a week ago, and the Rebels will host Robert Nkemdiche, Laremy Tunsil, and Antonio Conner, three five-star prospects on official visits this weekend.

Entering this weekend, Alabama and Georgia have been considered the leaders for Tunsil, but Ole Miss has been considered the school others are chasing for Nkemdiche and Conner.

Nkemdiche is the no. 1 prospect in the country, Tunsil is no. 7, and Conner is no. 31. All three are among the elite.

Florida and possibly LSU are competitors for Ole Miss with Nkemdiche, but with his brother Denzel Nkemdiche already playing for the Rebels, Scout likes Ole Miss' chances. Alabama may have given Conner something to think about, but in the end, expect him to stay home.

It doesn't stop there for the Rebels. Of course, that trio will draw a lot of attention from the Ole Miss coaching staff, but many other commitments and targets will be in Oxford.

A commitment they will look to try to seal the deal with this weekend is running back Peyton Barber. He has picked up offers from Florida State, Miami, Tennessee, Texas, and others over the past month. He has flirted with a few schools, but all signs still point to him ending up a Rebel.

Tight end A.J. Jackson is a former Auburn commitment and he is likely going to choose Florida State or Ole Miss when all is said and done. Duke Riley is a linebacker that Hugh Freeze and company are targeting in this class and he will be on campus as well.

It is a very big weekend for Ole Miss. They are currently the no. 13 in team rankings on Scout, but they will make a big run at a top 10 class when all is said and done come February 6.

Another SEC school will have a quartet on their campus and all four are among the Scout300.

Headlining this list is top linebacker Reuben Foster and joining Foster in Athens will be fellow five-star Montravius Adams, top running back in Georgia Alvin Kamara, and Florida State commitment Davin Bellamy.

Bellamy is coming off an official visit to Tennessee and despite being committed to the 'Noles, he is giving the Vols and the Dawgs a serious look.

Georgia appears to be battling Clemson for Adams, but the no. 3 defensive tackle in America has not eliminated Alabama, Auburn, Florida, or USC yet.

Alabama and Auburn are schools Foster has been committed to at one time, but he is now open. Georgia is in the mix, but this visit is crucial because the new staff at Auburn has made a very good impression.

The Dawgs are currently no. 9 in team rankings with 29 commitments.

Vonn Bell, Vonn Bell, and Vonn Bell. Tennessee fans have had that name on their wish list for at least a year and the Vols will have him on their campus this weekend.

Ohio State hosted the no. 2 safety in the country first, then it was Alabama, and now it is Tennessee's turn. Bell lives in Tennessee despite attending school in Georgia, and the Vols were his childhood favorite school.

It will come down to the connection and how he relates the new staff. The Vols sent five coaches into the Bell home on Monday, so they are going hard after this five-star.

And, they do have a chance. Alabama may have the edge entering this weekend, but down deep in his heart, there is some love for Tennessee.

JoJo Kemp is a three-star running back and he will be in Knoxville this weekend. The Vols need a running back commitments and they look to impress this back out of the Sunshine State.

Florida State commitment E.J. Levenberry and Zach Cunningham are two outside linebackers expected in Knoxville in the coming days as well. With the coaching changes at FSU, Levenberry is giving the Vols a look. Cunningham will visit Vanderbilt Friday, then head to Knoxville when he leaves Nashville for his visit to UT starting Sunday afternoon.

Arkansas will only have a couple of official visitors on their campus this weekend and one will be five-star running back Alex Collins. The Razorbacks are the main competition for Miami.

Five-star outside linebacker Matthew Thomas will be in Tallahassee, Fla. this weekend coming off a mid-week visit to Miami. It will come down to those two schools. A few FSU commitments will join him in Tallahassee this weekend.

Kentucky will have some talent on their campus and with Mark Stoops coming to UK from FSU, he is looking into Florida. Former Florida commitment James Hearns will visit and his teammate, four-star wide receiver Taj Williams will as well. Running back Stafon McCray and linebacker Keith Kelsey will also be in Lexington, and both are three-star prospects out of the Sunshine State.

North Carolina and North Carolina State are expected to have some talent on their campus this weekend too.

Leading the way in Chapel Hill will be Scout100 defensive end Carl Lawson. He is still committed to Auburn despite taking official visits to Clemson, Tennessee, and now UNC in January.

N.C. State will host former FSU commit Deadrin Senat, in-state linebacker Johnathan Alston, and three-star running back Jordan Huff out of Alabama among others.

A couple of athletes out of Florida that have seen their college prospect stock rise in recent months will visiting schools outside their home state. Eddie Jackson has already visited Alabama and Florida State, he will be at LSU. James Clark is fresh off visits to Nebraska and Clemson, he will be at Ohio State.

Rutgers will host some of Florida's finest too. Former Miami commitment Travis Johnson, a four-star tight end will be there, and he will be joined by Scout100 corner Mackensie Alexander and three-star athlete Janarion Grant.

Four-star quarterback Asiantii Woulard is expected at UCLA. He is a two-time South Florida commitment.

Georgia Tech will look to impress one of the best in Tennessee, Corn Elder this weekend. He is a running back with elite speed and quickness.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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