The state's strength lies in its defensive prospects for the 2018 class

The 2017 crop of Mississippi prospects was relatively thin on the defensive line. The 2018 class, however, is a different story. We take a look at the top Mississippi recruits who have picked up an Ole Miss offer thus far.

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Franklin is one of Ole Miss' top targets regardless of position in the 2018 class. Franklin rushed for 2,283 yards and 29 touchdowns as a junior. He has been offered by every SEC program.



Webb is best known for his abilities in track and field. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound wide receiver has made the junior Olympic team in track and field, but don't discount his abilities on the football field. Last season he averaged nearly 20 yards a catch while the Chargers broke in a new quarterback. Anyone who can run a legit 4.32 40-yard dash with his size has the physical tools to play at an elite level.



Murphy burst onto the recruiting scene last season when he carried the ball 243 times for 1,756 yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior. He committed to Mississippi State early. Ole Miss was the next to offer, followed by Michigan and Tennessee.



Heath caught 46 passes for 1,213 yards as a junior. He has attended summer camps at Ole Miss camps the past three summers. Mississippi State now has an in-road into Jackson Callaway due to the Bulldogs' hiring their old head coach, as evidenced by their abilities land DL Aaron Odom after he flipped back and forth between Louisville and the Bulldogs. Whether they're able to hang onto Heath remains to be seen.



Johnson has been a force for Brookhaven's defense the past two seasons. Last year the junior collected 51 tackles and nine sacks. A 320-pound plugger, Johnson is a true run-stopping defensive lineman who can plug any hole but also has the get-off to allow him to put pressure on the quarterback. FSU has offered, as well as the three in-state programs.



Hyman popped up on the radar last season when he amassed 63 tackles, 19 sacks and 30 quarterback hurries while helping the Wildcats to the 6A semifinals. His name is well-known now. Ole Miss was the first to offer. Mississippi State followed suit. Alabama is getting close to offering as well.



Olive Branch went winless last season, but it has a pair of Division-I prospects on the defensive side. Last season, Lovett chipped in 86 tackles, nine quarterback hurries and three forced fumbles. All of the in-state schools have offered, as has Memphis. The Rebels appear to have the upper hand.



Crumedy has become one of the hottest prospects in the state of Mississippi. The long and rangy defensive end collected 14 sacks for Oak Grove. All of the in-state programs have taken notice, and each has offered a scholarship.



It just feels right for Wayne County to have a major defensive tackle prospect. Bivens is that guy. Last season he collected 60 solo tackles, five sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Ole Miss and LSU have offered. USM as well.



College recruiters got a good look at Williams last season as they watched his teammate, Aaron Odom, play. He only played in seven games, but he totaled 90 tackles and 12 sacks during that span. His recruitment has blown up as of late, with offers from MSU, Ole Miss, LSU, Tennessee, LSU and Louisville.



William has become a focal point for Hattiesburg's defense. An outside linebacker, he's collected 128 tackles and eight sacks. The in-state programs have offered, as has Memphis.


Jett has become a tackling machine for Tupelo. Last season he collected 119 tackles. The season before he amassed 155 tackles while manning the middle linebacker position. Ole Miss offered a couple weeks back. Louisville has offered, too. One side of his family is pro-Ole Miss, while the other is pro-Mississippi State. This could be a good, old fashioned in-state battle. 



Jaylon earned a scholarship at Ole Miss after he impressed at the Rebels' football camp in July. The 6-foot-1 cornerback ran a sub 4.4 40-yard dash. This season he backed it up with 44 tackles, one sack, two interceptions and forced a fumble. 


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

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