The Rebels capped their third week of spring football with a full-pad, two-hour session inside the Manning Center on Saturday. A number of top prospects were in attendance, a day after a handful of others, including five-star quarterback commit Shea Patterson, also visited campus.
Three-star safety Chanse Sylvie was among Friday’s visitors. Though his stay was short, it proved productive. He was able to take an abbreviated tour of the football facilities, and he also met one-on-one with Rebel head coach Hugh Freeze.
He picked up a scholarship offer shortly thereafter.
“He just talked about my personality and what I can bring to Ole Miss. We talked excellence and trying to be great,” the 6-foot, 175-pound Sylvie said. “I loved it here. It was a nice facility, great coaching staff and a family environment.”
Sylvie said he’s “talking to a lot of different schools,” going so far as to list Tennessee, Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma. He claimed no favorite, though he said he’d like to make a decision “no later than August.”
“I’m just looking for a school where everybody’s on the same mission of excellence,” he said. “Great education and life after football. Things like that.”
Like Sylvie, Ole Miss commitment Daniel Crowell, a three-star wide receiver, made a Friday pit stop in Oxford on his way to a 7-on-7 tournament in Knoxville, Tenn.
Crowell, of Meridian, Miss., announced for the Rebels last August. He’s holding firm.
“I love Ole Miss,” he said. “Ole Miss shows me so much love. I like the facilities, I love the coaches. They show me a lot of love. That’s what I’m looking for.”
While technically off the market, opposing schools have continued to pursue his services. Arkansas, Alabama, Vanderbilt and Tennessee – to name a few – are still in contact with the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Crowell, rated the No. 105 wide receiver in the country by Scout.com.
“I’m pretty solid,” Crowell said, later acknowledging the presence of Patterson as another positive in Ole Miss’ favor. “I’m really grateful. It’s a blessing to have a quarterback like Shea throwing the ball to you. I’ve watched his highlights. Shea’s pretty good.”
Three-star offensive lineman Jack Defoor arrived Saturday morning. The Calhoun, Ga., product holds offers from, among others, Ole Miss, Clemson, Miami (Fla.), Georgia Tech and Michigan.
“Ole Miss and Clemson are my top two right now,” the 6-foot-4, 280-pound Defoor said. “I’m excited to be here and get to meet the coaches and players. The facilities look great.”
Defoor is listed as the No. 47 offensive guard nationally by Scout.com.
“I feel I can move well and I’m not soft,” he said. “I’m a physical player. I just need to keep working on my footwork and my strength and football IQ.”
Of all positions, the offensive line crop of blue-chip prospects was perhaps most represented.
Defoor was joined by three-star Parker Boudreaux, 2017 prospect Trey Smith and Madison-Ridgeland (Miss.) Academy tackle Tyler Harris, who claims offers from Vanderbilt, Clemson and most every Ivy League School.
“Ole Miss has kept in touch a lot,” the 6-foot-6, 310-pound Harris said. “I really like (Ole Miss offensive line) coach (Matt) Luke. Ole Miss is very high on my list. This is my third time to visit. My interest level is high.”
Harris, who projects as a guard in college, is a member of the class of 2016.
“My size is my strength,” he said. “My footwork has improved and my hand mobility is better, but I need to keep working on getting to the second level and pulling. I also want to keep getting stronger.”
Other recruits of note: Ole Miss commits Benito Jones (four-star defensive tackle), Denzel Mitchell (four-star running back) and Gabe Angel (three-star tight end), four-star safety JoeJuan Williams, four-star wide receiver Tre Nixon, four-star defensive end Charles Wiley, three-star safety Brittain Brown and three-star defensive end Dre Porter.
Jones showed up sporting a sling on his right arm, which he said was the result of surgery to repair a torn labrum.
“I’m out eight weeks,” he said, “but the surgery went well.”
Jones is ranked the No. 146 prospect overall and the No. 16 defensive tackle by Scout.com.