Signee Spotlight: Breeland Speaks

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: 19
Size: 6-4, 285
Hometown: (Callaway HS) Jackson, MS
Stats: 4.85 40
Projected position at OM: Defensive Tackle

Accolades: HIGH SCHOOL: MaxPreps first team Medium School All-American … A consensus 4-star recruit … Rated the nation's No. 19 DT by Scou¬t.com … Listed No. 2 on The Clarion-Ledger Targeted 22 list and named to the publication's Dandy Dozen … Chosen to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game ... Enjoyed a breakout senior season in which he was named first team All-State at defensive tackle and Metro Player of the Year by The Clarion-Ledger … Tabbed Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year by the Mississippi Association of Coaches … Posted 118 tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks, 18 QB hurries, four forced fumbles, three blocked kicks, five pass breakups and an interception returned for a touchdown while helping Callaway win a school-record 14 games and reach the Class 5A state semifinals … Also tabbed All-Metro by The Clarion-Ledger as a junior after leading the Chargers with a team-high 136 tackles, along with nine TFLs and five forced fumbles while playing middle linebacker … Coached in high school by Daryl Jones … High school teammate of fellow Ole Miss signees Dayall Harris and Rod Taylor … His brother, Marcellus Speaks, was an All-American linebacker at Jackson State.

Recruiting Competition: Ole Miss, Arkansas, LSU, Florida State, Mississippi State, Southern Mississippi, South Carolina and others cast their lots for the Jackson product, but in the end it was a three-team deal with the Rebs, Tigers and Razorbacks and then a two-team deal with UM and LSU. When the dust settled, Breeland stuck with his commitment to Ole Miss and signed on with the Rebs after the coaches and some fans who follow recruiting closely had some anxious moments.

Quotable: "I already have a great bond with a lot of my classmates and some of the guys already on the team. I always figured I would go to Ole Miss, but I owed it to myself to visit other places just to make sure. In the end, it was Ole Miss all the way. They want me to give me an opportunity to come in and play next year and work my way up the totem pole. Nothing is being promised. They just want me to come in there and work my butt off. If I do that everything else will take care of itself."

Scouting Report: Breeland has linebacker skills in a defensive lineman's body. In fact, he played linebacker in high school before outgrowing the position. His passion for the game is evident on every snap. He takes a relentless approach to every play. He uses his hands well, he is quick off the ball and he's strong. In high school, it was not uncommon to see him making plays downfield and sideline to sideline. All he needs is to adjust to the speed of the college game and learn his techniques and the thought is he will be on the field quickly.

Coach Hugh Freeze Quote: "Defensive linemen like Breeland don't come around every day. To have him in our own back yard with a couple of teammates who we also signed was a big plus for us. We think he will be a tremendous college player. All the tools are there."


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