The Rebels picked up a commitment from four-star offensive lineman Blaine Scott. Scott chose the Rebels over Arkansas, Michigan State, Duke and Rutgers. He becomes the Rebels’ second commitment, following Wayne County, Miss., defensive tackle Quentin Bivens, who announced for Ole Miss April 29.
“This is a heckuva day, not just for me, but for the community,” Scott said during a commitment ceremony at Portsmouth East High School. “This is something that I’ve dreamed about. It’s been a heckuva process. I based my decision on three things that were most important to me. No. 1, who’s going to make me the best Blaine Scott I can be? No. 2, the atmosphere, the people I’m going to be around each and every day and what I’m going to do in my life. And three, the academics, which school is going to help me out the most and put me in the best situation when I’m 30, 40, 50-years-old.
“I commit to the University of Mississippi to play football next year. Hotty Toddy.”
The 6-foot-5, 308-pound Scott is ranked as the No. 28 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com and the No. 2 prospect at his position in the Midwest. However, Scott said Ole Miss plans to use him inside as a guard or center.
“They think that's where I can contribute the quickest,” he said. “That's where I’ve played my whole career.”
Ole Miss finished 5-7 last season and will self-impose a one-year bowl ban for 2017 due to lingering NCAA issues. However, Scott was drawn in by Oxford and the atmosphere cultivated by head coach Hugh Freeze and staff.
Scott made two visits to Ole Miss in as many months prior to making a decision.
“It's a unique place that is in the perfect college setting,” he said. “They have so much young talent on their team, too. Coach Freeze runs his program the way it’s supposed to be run and instills the core values that my family instills in us. There's really not anything bad I can say about Ole Miss. I like everything about it.
“They do it right. The academics there are great. It’s the flagship of the South.”
Scott held 35 total offers, including, among others, Florida, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, Penn State and Pittsburgh.