Family Enough?

Ole Miss hosted a number of uncommitted prospects over the weekend. Four-star offensive lineman Drew Richmond wasn’t one of them, but the Rebels actively recruited him all the same.


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Richmond, as has been widely reported, has continued to entertain the overtures of other schools, namely Alabama and Tennessee, leading up to National Signing Day Feb. 4. His official visit was important. Ole Miss needed a strong showing.

Mission accomplished?

“It’s been a good trip,” the 6-foot-5 1/2, 320-pound Richmond said. “It’s been good being around the coaches and being around some of my future teammates. It’s been good. (Ole Miss offensive line) Coach (Matt) Luke, that’s my guy. I talked to Laremy (Tunsil) a little bit.”

However, he wouldn’t go so far as to say his recruitment is over. Not even close. Richmond, rated the No. 104 overall prospect nationally, is still considering visits.

“It might be a possibility, it just depends because Alabama just got a new commit at offensive tackle,” he said. “I’ve been talking to them and seeing how things might go with that. I don’t know yet. It’s still up in the air.”

Ole Miss returns both of its starters at tackle, Tunsil and Fahn Cooper, but have a need along the offensive line. The Rebels struggled at times last season due to, among a host of other factors, depth and injuries.

“It’s up to me,” Richmond said of his decision. “I know how much I mean to the program right now. They just want me to stay focused, stay the course. The talent around here is crazy. I feel like it’s going to be a short time before greatness sparks here. I really feel that. I want to be a part of it.”

Richmond was one of 11 four-star or better prospects on campus for visits, joined by five-star defensive end CeCe Jefferson, five-star wide receiver DaMarkus Lodge, four-star wide receiver Van Jefferson and four-star linebackers Leo Lewis and Jeff Holland.

He didn’t put on his recruiting hat, though.

“Since I’ve doing this, I wouldn’t want anyone telling me about their school and kind of going back and forth. So I really haven’t said too much,” Richmond said. “Van and I, we’re really close. I’ve been talking to him a bunch. Hopefully, we’ll see how it goes.”

Ole Miss, Richmond said, is family.

“It’s family here. I see what people mean,” he said. “It’s nothing but family here. It sticks with you.”

But don’t close the book … yet.

“I could see myself anywhere,” he closed.


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