Thomas Johnston (Photo by Jason Caldwell)

A number of players coming in this weekend at positions of need

Next weekend is getting all the hype for Ole Miss' big recruiting weekend. For good reason, as over 20 prospects are expected to be in town. But Friday there will be seven key prospects to take in their official visits. All seven come at positions of need.

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No one knows what is really going on with Scout's No. 78 overall ranked player Cordarrian Richardson. Where has he visited so far? Will he take anymore visits outside of Ole Miss? Hard to know because Richardson has shut off the media after he decommitted from Clemson. We do know that the Rebels have been in his house the past couple of weeks, and he is slatted to be in Oxford this weekend. We also know he comes at a position of need for Ole Miss after Cam Akers picked FSU.


Raise your hand if you watched the national championship game and watched Clemson's linebacker Ben Boulware make play after play. These eyes certainly had Thomas Johnston in his vision while watching Ben play. Both have the same intangibles. They are just tackling machines, evidence by the Mobile star who broke the Alabama state record for tackles in a career.

Ole Miss gets to host the 6-foot-2, 240-pound middle linebacker this weekend, which is his last scheduled official visit. The Rebels have been making a strong push over the past couple months after Arkansas and Iowa came out of the gate swinging. Can the Rebels surge ahead of Iowa (where his mother's side of family lives) and Arkansas (who is probably the biggest competition)? It will be an interesting and important recruitment to follow over the next couple weeks.




Things have been going smooth with Ole Miss and their long time commit Josh Clarke until recently. That's when news surfaced that the 220-pound tackling machine is now being pursued by LSU. The official visit probably comes at a perfect time for the Rebels. They need to get this one locked down before the Tigers try and get him on campus.



The Rebels have jumped ahead of the pack for the Scout 300 linebacker Mohamed Sanogo. Ole Miss was in his house last night after spending the day with him at his school. The Plano (Texas) native visited Mississippi State last weekend and the Rebels are hoping to shut down his recruitment this weekend. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound linebacker was named 1st Team All-State this season and is also good friends with Ole Miss players Jaylon Jones and Greg Little.


JaVonta Payton just got back in from his official visit to Tennessee last weekend. The 6-foot-1, 188-pound receiver has the ability to cut without slowing down. He's a very fluid receiver that can make the big play. This weekend the Nashville resident will make his stop to Oxford before heading to Purdue next weekend.

Ole Miss is only going to take two receivers (with one already committed and there are a handful that will be visiting over the next two weekends. That's one spot for a lot of good candidates.


Big Ben Brown keeps getting bigger and bigger. Last summer he checked in at 6-foot-6, 278-pounds. Now he's sitting at 313 pounds. His mother told me one day that their biggest family expense was food. Ben's older brother is a lineman at West Point. Brown's father is no small fellow himself. He was an SEC lineman at Ole Miss. In fact, Brown has multiple family members who have played at Ole Miss and made post season honors. Expect the same from Ben Brown. He might play for a private school but there is no bigger "dog" on the board. Ben will become a fan favorite before he leaves the University of Mississippi.


Jacob Bolton is a new member on our hot list. The Roswell, GA., native did attend the Ole Miss senior camp last summer. This will not be his first trip to Oxford. The 6-foot-6, 320-pound lineman was also offered by Maryland this week. The Rebels have a lot of candidates for the last slot on the offensive line.


Kaleb Oliver decommitted from Mississippi State earlier this week after receiving a home visit from the Rebels. It looks like Ole Miss has all the momentum right now to land the Tennesse native.


Chris Miller out of Denton, Texas., is a late addition to the visit list. The 5-foot-11 cornerback committed to Colorado in early December but the Rebels have been trying to make a run at him in the past month. News surfaced that cornerback commit Jamar Richardson is most likely going to be a non-qualifier. This makes sense why Ole Miss has been recruiting several different corners in the past month.

Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at

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