The Rebels are getting excellent quarterback play from Eli Manning but a successor must be signed and groomed for the future. Manning enjoyed the benefits of a redshirt season and a year as an understudy before taking the helm. Any quarterback signed in the Class of 2002 could benefit from the same plan. First, the right quarterback must be identified, recruited, and signed before entering the program.
Ken Topps, a 5-foot-11, 165-pounder from Shannon, Mississippi, could be the guy. Topps is known for his mobility and live arm. As a junior, he passed for over 2,000 yards and 22 touchdowns despite getting injured in the eighth game of the season. Topps is unsure of his senior statistics but he has led his team to a 5-1 record through six games.
Memphis, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, and Troy State have taken notice of his talent. All are making calls to Topps while monitoring his senior season. Topps is keeping his options open but he does plan on taking some unofficial visits to learn more about the programs recruiting him.
"I'm open because I really don't have a favorite," said Topps. "I do plan on trying to go to games at Ole Miss, Memphis, and Southern Miss."
Topps attended summer football camp at Ole Miss. He projects as a qualifier.