That's why the Rebs brought in several JUCO defensive players over the weekend and are elated to have committed two, so far, on the back end of the defense.
Saturday night, Safety Ivan Nicholas, brother of starting Atlanta Falcons' LB Stephen Nicholas, said yes to the Rebel overtures.
Sunday morning, Copiah-Lincoln CC Cornerback Wesley Pendleton, a JUCO All-American in track. added his name to the Rebel commitment list.
"I'm really excited," said Pendleton. "I never thought I'd be in this position a few years ago because my first love was track and I didn't even play football until I was a senior, but I learned to love the game at Co-Lin and now I'll be in the SEC competing against the best."
Pendleton came out of Natchez High School as a lightly-recruited player with more track buzz than anything, but the coaches at Co-Lin saw something they liked and coaxed him into playing football and running track on the JUCO level.
"I made JUCO All-American in track," said the 5-11, 177-pounder. "My best times are a 10.49 in the 100 meter, 21.03 in the 200 and 48.9 in the 400. I have been clocked in 4.3 in the 40."
While all that was fine and dandy, Wesley started to think he also had a future in football and a desire to pursue that as well.
"I worked hard to learn the game as a freshman and then kind of broke out as a sophomore," said Wesley, who will enroll at Ole Miss second semester in January. "This year, I had 32 tackles and three interceptions and only gave up 20 completions on the year. I made All-State, All-Region and was the Defensive Back MVP in Mississippi JUCO. I had a good year."
He started getting some recruiting attention from different schools - Oklahoma State, Utah State and Ohio were his main suitors, but he was hoping for something closer to home.
It was the perfect storm - the Rebels need mature, speedy DBs and Wesley wanted something in state.
"I'm just a four-hour drive from home and I'll be playing in the SEC on a team that needs immediate help at my position. It could not have worked out better for me," said Pendleton, who graduates from Co-Lin this week.
And there was a bonus.
"Ole Miss not only needed me and I needed them, but I also feel at home," said Wesley. "I had a good time with my teammates - it's like a family. I really love the coaches - they care about you, not just about your football career, but about you as a person. I could tell that immediately."
Wesley's goals are simple.
"I want to come in and win a job so I can help Ole Miss get back on the winning track," he said. "I'm going to work hard and get in the mix quickly.
"I'm 177 pounds right now. I want to put on 8-10 pounds of good weight and get a little stronger. I want to learn the system so I can play fast. My speed and ball skills are my strengths, but I need to work on my overall game to get it right before the season starts next year."