Scout Rating: ****
Scout Rank: 7 (233 in Scout 300)
Size: 6-6, 225
Hometown: (North Panola)
Projected position at OM: Tight End
Accolades: HIGH SCHOOL: A 4-star prospect and No. 7-ranked tight end in the country by Scout.com, which also named him the No. 7 player in Mississippi … Was selected for the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game … No. 12 on The Clarion-Ledger’s Targeted 22 … Battled injuries in his senior season, playing in only eight games … Caught 15 passes for four touchdowns and rushed 14 times for 106 yards and a score … Coached in high school by Derek King.
Recruiting Competition: Hibbler chose Ole Miss way back in August of 2013, picking the Rebels over Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Mississippi State, Auburn, Louisville, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, UCLA, and others had also been recruiting Hibbler. More would have followed had he not made such an early commitment to Ole Miss and stayed true to his word.
Quotable: “I think Ole Miss is rising fast. Coach Freeze is pushing the program to what it's capable of. I felt more comfortable (at Ole Miss), and I feel that I can fit right into the offensive tempo. I'm going to be used in the slot, on the outside and I have to learn some tight end routes, mostly receiver stuff. It's a family thing. Like coach Freeze says it is a different chapter every year so every month is a growth for his family. Right now even though I am still in high school I still feel like I'm m a big part of their family. I can pitch in as much as I can by knowing their offense before I even get there. I watched them last year, and I believe Ole Miss has a chance to be the national champion with the freshman class they have coming in and the sophomores that are coming back."
Scouting Report: Hibbler finished his senior season with 106 yards rushing, and had 15 catches for 189 yards and four touchdowns in six games of action. On defense he collected 62 tackles and 3 sacks. He had finished his junior season with 31 catches for 746 yards and 14 touchdowns. On defense he had 77 tackles and four forced fumbles on defense. After his senior season, Hibbler was named to the first-team Region 2 (Class 3A) squad and was named North Panola's Team MVP. He played some quarterback in high school because he is so athletic. That is not his home on the next level. He is a hybrid that can flex out and make plays down the field. Blocking is not a strength right now and he will be asked to make more plays with his hands and legs than he will as an inline blocker. He is fluid for his size and he adjusts well to the ball. He can get down the seam and stretch the field.
Coach Hugh Freeze Quote: “Willie is long, athletic and has all kinds of room for growth. There’s no telling where he will end up, but we love the options we will have with him.”
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