Cam Akers released his top schools on May 25th. They include Ole Miss, Alabama, Tennessee, Auburn, Ohio State, Auburn, Tennessee, LSU, and Cal. The 5-Star running back out of Clinton, Miss, says he will narrow it down to five or six shortly. It's a no brainier that Ole Miss will make the cut. The Rebels main competition for the December graduate continues to be Tennessee and Alabama. We suspect he'll also take officials to some schools outside the South like Michigan and Ohio State. But the word around The Opening is that the Rebels are the team to beat. The Ole Miss Spirit agrees.
Walker Little hinted in his interview that his top schools are Ole Miss, Stanford and Texas. We have been told all along that the Rebels along with Stanford are the two main players. Nothing at The Opening tells us any differently. His sister is a recruiting girl for the football squad. His brother also attends Ole Miss. We continue to believe the Rebels are the team to beat.
Marlon Tuipulotu is one of the top defensive tackles in the country. To our surprise he listed Ole Miss as a possible visit for the Oregon resident that has been a long time Washington school. The Rebels have made made some inroads with Polynesian prospects recently with the additions of Rommel Mageo and Alex Faniel. Coaches Corey Batoon and Ben Aigamaua have given them inroads as both coaches are from Hawaii.
Daquon Green continues to list Ole Miss as a school he will take an official visit to despite his long time Florida commitment. The top 150 national recruit has consistently stated he would visit for months now. Trend says the Floridian's recruitment is not over.
The nation's top defensive tackle, Marvin Wilson, didn't say a whole lot about Ole Miss at The Opening in this interview. So how is this good? We can tell you that our Ole Miss sources are very optimistic about their chances to land the top rated defensive tackle in the country. LSU remains their main competition, in their eyes.
We spoke to two different recruits at The Opening that are not committed to OM, but are big time targets, that said Marvin was very high on the Rebels and quizzed them on the things they knew about Ole Miss.
We believe OM has a lot of "momentum" right now for Walker Little's teammate. He's visited Ole Miss three times in the past couple months (more than any school and we know it's a long drive from home) and brought his mother with him twice to Oxford. One visit they stayed for a few days. She holds the keys to his recruitment and she is VERY close to the Ole Miss staff.
Todd Harris reports he's down to Ole Miss and LSU. A commitment could come before summer's end. There is optimism within the Ole Miss camp that they could end up being his pick. His last visit to Oxford has given the Rebels a lot of "momentum". Watch out for his good friend 4-Star LB Patrick Queen as well. They could be a package deal and inside the Ole Miss camp they are feeling good about their chances with the current LSU commit.
Willie Gay committed to the Rebels before The Opening started. The national 100 prospect said he would like to take an official visit to Michigan but it's obvious by watching the interview that the Rebels are in his heart. It's also positive news that he doesn't mention Mississippi State has a possible visit.
CeeDee Lamb said he'll make a decision this summer. The Scout 300 member states he'll visit Ole Miss before a decision is made.
D.D. Bowie left no doubt where his recruitment stands with this interview. He is rock solid with his Ole Miss commitment.
LaBryan Ray out of state of Alabama had nothing but positive things to say at The Opening in this interview. The top schools on his list right now are Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Florida, Florida State. The standout defensive lineman has visited Oxford a couple times this summer and he will be one to keep an eye on throughout the recruiting process. Ole Miss, Alabama and Auburn are thought of as his early leaders.
IMG WR target Jhamon Ausbon committed to LSU shortly before The Opening started. He did state that he will still take his official visits. That would place him under "bad" but not "ugly".
Jay Tufele is a player that coaches Corey Batoon and Ben Aigamaua have recruited hard throughout Jay's recruitment. The Rebels have remained optimistic about where they stand with Jay but he doesn't mention the Rebels much in this latest interview. Don't be surprised if you hear the Rebels name pop back up later on down the road.
Jeff Okudah doesn't mention OM in the latest interview at The Opening, but we know the Rebels continue to make a strong push. Jeff trains with most of the Texans that have signed with Ole Miss including recent signees Greg Little, Greg Eisworth, and Deontay Anderson. They all work out at the same training facility and Greg Eisworth was a teammate of his. Ohio State is the current leader, but don't be surprised to see the 5-Star mention Ole Miss on his list in the future. The Rebels are fighting the time clock for the December graduate.
DeAngelo Gibbs is another 5-Star prospect that the Rebels continue to make a strong push. Georgia and Tennessee look to have the momentum for the Georgia native. There are no inside connections like an Okudah. The Rebels look to be on the outside looking in.
The St. Stan (Miss) quarterback committed to LSU before the Rebels offered. In this interview the Elite 11 finalist is clearly solid with his LSU commitment. But don't count out the Rebels just yet. Coach Freeze is now following the 6-foot-4 quarterback and that usually is a sign that it's not over. If the Tigers don't meet expectations this season it could be the end of Les Myles era which would clearly open the door back up with his recruitment.
Nico Collins out of the state of Alabama released his top five at The Opening. They were Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia and Michigan. The No. 112 rated recruit did list Ole Miss in his top seven on twitter. What is puzzling is that coach Hugh Freeze recruited and coached his older brother at Lambuth. Make no doubt about it; he has been rated by the Rebels as one of the top receivers on their board.
K'Lavon Chaisson named his top ten schools and the Rebels did not make the cut. LSU, Florida State, Georgia, Houston, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, UCLA, USC, Colorado and Texas did make the cut with Oklahoma, Houston and LSU leading the pack. The Rebels were mentioned by the Texan native as a candidate several times before The Opening started. The State of Texas had been good to the Rebels in the Freeze era. We'll see if they can get back in the picture.
Will Ignont visited the Ole Miss campus less than a month ago and had glowing reports about his visit and where the Rebels stood within his recruitment. The Opening article he lists six schools as possibilities and the Rebels were not in the mix. Is this a trend or not? We'll see in the future but it's obvious the Rebels have lost ground.
Alex Weatherwood is a player that Ole Miss has stayed on despite his commitment to Alabama. The latest report states that several schools are still on his mind but the Rebels are not one of them.
Addison Gumbs took in two unofficial visits to Ole Miss but the California resident now lists UCLA Bruins, USC Trojans, Oklahoma Sooners, Texas A&M Aggies and the Oregon Ducks as the main schools for his services. A summer time decision could come for the December graduate so time is running out on the Rebels.
Walker Little and Trey Smith have remained the focal points to round out the offensive class but Andrew Thomas has been one they have kept close tabs with as well. The Atlanta native committed to Georgia at The Opening.