The Rebels landed a pair of junior college prospects in linebacker Brenden Williams and quarterback Jordan Ta’amu. Williams and Ta’amu are among 11 official visitors Ole Miss is hosting this weekend.
“I love their tradition and being in the SEC,” Williams said of Ole Miss in a previous interview with the Ole Miss Spirit. “I've always wanted to play in the SEC, and Ole Miss has a lot to offer. I plan on taking full advantage of my opportunity.”
The 6-foot-3 1/2, 225-pound Williams, of Northeast Community College, also held an offer from Bowling Green. Williams, who has three years to play three, had 99 tackles in just nine games this season.
Ole Miss landed the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Ta’amu over Minnesota, New Mexico and Southern Miss. He was offered by the Rebels a week ago Sunday. As a sophomore last season, Ta'amu completed 198 of his 354 (59.3 percent) passes for 3,014 yards, 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions while leading his team to a 5-4 record.
Both players are December graduates and will enroll at Ole Miss for the spring semester in January. The Rebels finished 5-7 last season, including back-to-back losses to close out the regular season.
Williams joins a linebacker corps in desperate need of production. The Rebels started eight different players at its two linebacker positions with little to show for their efforts outside of DeMarquis Gates, who led the team with 79 tackles. But Gates had his issues, too, from missed assignments to a suspension for on and off-the-field issues. Williams could see the field immediately.
Ta’amu, of New Mexico Military Institute, will enter a quarterback mix led by rising sophomore Shea Patterson, who started the final three games of the season following a season-ending injury to starter Chad Kelly. Patterson completed 72 of 132 passes for 880 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions. Ole Miss also returns sophomore Jason Pellerin.
The Rebels currently hold a commitment from three-star Alex Faniel of Glen Allen (Va.) High School. The 6-foot-5 1/2, 221-pound Faniel is the No. 70 prospect in the country by scout.com. They’re also in pursuit of four-star Myles Brennan. Brennan is rated the No. 16 quarterback.
Williams and Ta’amu are the 11th and 12th commitments, respectively, for Ole Miss.