Ole Miss currently lists nine total linebackers on its roster for the 2015 season, four of which are upperclassmen.
Put simply, the Rebels, who ranked No. 1 in the country in scoring defense last season, need some help.
They could sign upwards of four linebackers in the next recruiting cycle, and head coach Hugh Freeze even said earlier this month it’s critical Ole Miss add at least one or two mid-year enrollees in December.
Enter David Luafatasaga.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Luafatasaga, of Arizona Western College, committed to the Rebels over Arizona and Arizona State Thursday night. An inside linebacker, he has three years to play two.
“I just felt like we had a good connection,” he said of Ole Miss, “and that I would fit in right with their system. I feel like I can make an impact early.”
Luafatasaga becomes the 10th commitment for the class of 2016, which already boasts six Scout 300 members, including five-star quarterback Shea Patterson, rated the No. 1 player overall at his position. Patterson committed to Ole Miss at a ceremony at his high school on Tuesday.
“Right now, I’m very confident in the decision,” Luafatasaga, who is projected to enroll early, said. “It will take a lot for me to de-commmit.”
As a freshman last season, Luafatasaga totaled 66 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and three pass breakups.
“Very humble player,” Luafatasaga said, when asked to describe himself. “I think my game will translate very well to the SEC, and I feel like I can bring a lot to the table. It’s also a challenge for me, but I think my game will play very well.”