The state of Tennessee has been good to Ole Miss football this week.
Ole Miss landed a commitment from three-star offensive lineman Alex Givens on Thursday, but a few days following the commitment of four-star offensive lineman and Memphis, Tenn., product Drew Richmond.
The 6-foot-6, 290-pound Givens, a member of the recruiting class of 2015 and rated the No. 135 offensive tackle by Scout.com, chose the Rebels over Vanderbilt.
“I’ve really liked Ole Miss since the first year they started recruiting me,” Givens said in a previous interview with Scout.com. “It’s always about family at Ole Miss. They’ve always made me and my parents feel like family. I also like the players there at Ole Miss and Oxford, as well. It feels like home when I’m down there.”
In a two-day span, Ole Miss has significantly addressed its top priority this recruiting season. Givens becomes the No. 11 commitment for the Rebels. His other offers include Cincinnati, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi State, Nebraska, Ohio State and Tennessee.
“They have the same offense we run,” Givens said of Ole Miss. “I have a great relationship with (Ole Miss offensive line) coach (Matt) Luke. I feel like I can call him up and talk to him about anything.”
Ole Miss is 2-0 on the year following back-to-back wins over Boise State and Vanderbilt.
Givens was in attendance Saturday when Ole Miss dominated the Commodores, 41-3, at LP Field in Nashville. The game was never in doubt, as the Rebels scored on their opening drive and rolled from there, routing his hometown school.
He also was able to get an up-close look at Ole Miss’ depth issues up front. The Rebels replaced two starters from a year ago at right tackle and center. Another presumed starter, Austin Golson, transferred to Auburn in the summer.
Left tackle Laremy Tunsil, one of the top offensive linemen in all of college football and a likely candidate for early entry into the NFL Draft, will be a junior next season. Right tackles Fahn Cooper and Robert Conyers will be entering their senior and junior years, respectively, while Christian Morris, who was recently cleared to play by the NCAA, will be a sophomore.
Enter Givens, who hopes to compete early for a starting job.
“I don’t want to sit around a couple years and have five others ahead of me,” he said. “I want to be put in the best academic, athletic and spiritual environment I can be in.”
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