Signee Spotlight: Sean Rawlings

National Signing Day has come and gone, and Ole Miss has added a fresh crop of Rebels to the roster. For the next several days, we'll be taking an in-depth look at each Ole Miss signee.

Scout Rating: ***
Scout Rank: 25
Size: 6-5, 285
Hometown: (Madison Ridgeland Academy) Madison, MS
Stats: 5.0 40
Projected position at OM: Center

Accolades: HIGH SCHOOL: A consensus 3-star prospect and ranked the No. 25 center in the country by … Listed No. 19 on The Clarion-Ledger Targeted 22 list … Named first team All-State and All-Metro at center by The Clarion-Ledger after his senior season … Graded out at 96 percent on the season with 46 pancake blocks and 59 knockdowns … Also played on the defensive line … Coached in high school by Forrest Williams … Also played basketball, and has been a three-year starter for MRA.

Recruiting Competition: Sean committed to Mississippi State after Ole Miss wanted to spend more time evaluating him. The turning point for Ole Miss was when Coach Hugh Freeze went to see him play basketball at MRA. He saw a more athletic youngster than perhaps showed on his football film and decided to "go" on him. Sean, being from an Ole Miss family, quickly changed allegiances and opted to sign with the Rebels, where his heart was from the start. Recruiting can be a tough business, but in the end, it all worked out well for both parties.

Quotable: "I was born and raised an Ole Miss fan and now I have the opportunity to play at Ole Miss. I grabbed it. I have literally dreamed of this opportunity growing up as a kid. I'm going to give my team and my school everything I've got to be the kind of player I know I can be. They have told me I they will groom me at center and that excites me. It was impossible to turn down. I can't forget the relationship I've built with (Ole Miss offensive line) Coach (Matt) Luke. It'll be an honor to play for him, as well as the other coaches."

Scouting Report: Sean is raw, but he's got everything the Ole Miss coaches look for in an OL. Why raw? One, he had a late growth spurt which takes time to adjust to athletically. Two, he also played high school basketball as the starting center on the MRA team the last three years. Not being able to concentrate exclusively on football has left him a little ground to make up from a football standpoint. Having said that, Rawlings moves more toward what the Rebel coaches are looking for in an OL – longer and athletic. The Reb mentors also like his leadership qualities and intelligence, essential for a center.

Coach Hugh Freeze Quote: "I just needed a little something extra to push me over the edge with Sean. He had everything you love – character, size, length, leadership skills, but I needed to see a bit more on the athletic side of the coin. I wanted to see his movement. I went to an MRA basketball game and saw what I was looking for. He's a much better pure athlete than we originally evaluated. After that, it was an easy decision on our part to offer him. I think he's going to come in here, work hard and get the job done at center for us in the future."

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