What is Jr Day?
Jr Day is a chance for the rising seniors to come up for the afternoon and spend time with the Ole Miss coaches and players. The prospects, their families, and high school coaches will tour the athletic facilities on Saturday with the Ole Miss coaches, watch film with their position coach, and tour the academic facilities with the academic training staff. They will also meet with their academic advisors about the classes they will take for their major if they choose to attend the University of Mississippi..
Jr Day is a very important start to the recruiting year, as last year the Rebels hosted over a 100 prospects with one time commits such as Chris Strong, Robert Elliott, Jeramie Griffin, LeRoy Diggs, Stevan Ridley, Bradley Sowell, Alex Washington, Alex Williams, Johnny Brown,, Lionel Breaux, Stanley Porter, Jamison Hughes, Drake Nevis, Jamariey Atterberry, Ken Davis, Roderick Davis, and Ted Laurent.
Other key recruits who came in for Jr Day last year were Derek Sherrod, Chaz Ramsey, Rashod Henry, T- Bob Hebert, Luther Davis, Will Blackwell, Lee Chambers, Toddrick Bajoien, Rontrell Bailey, Sidell Corley, DeMatanise Hill, Colton Jenkins , Alex Watkins, D' Montreal Wilson, K.J. Wright, and Darrius Young.
As you can see, the "core" of the upcoming class usually attends your Jr Day. Not all, but a good base usually does.
This year, Ole Miss will be competing with LSU's, Arkansas' and Alabama's Jr Days, so it will be interesting to see who shows up for each school's event.
Who is expected to be in town?
For starters, ten of the fourteen players in MS that have been offered by the Rebels are expected to be in town.
They are DT Templeton Hardy, WR Alonzo Lawrence, OL Quin Sanford, S Darrius Barksdale, LB Josh Chestang, RB Ken Davis (commit), Ath Kendrick Presley, DT Bo Tillman, LB Ramon Blackeney, and OL James Brown,
WR Demarcus Tidwell, the fine receiver prospect out of Grenada that Ole Miss has offered can not make it due to a double header in baseball. Tidwell is highly thought of by the major league baseball scouts.
Other key recruits from MS expected in town
Many of the states top prospects in MS who have not been offered yet but are expected to be in town are DB Drew Cole, TE Bobby Peterson, WR Arceto Clark, CB Bud Barksdale, DE Trevor Stigers, OC Jonathan Wilson, OT Jermarcus Hardrick, DE Jarred Draper, OG Cameron Wagner, DE Mario Clark (6' 3", 225, Corinth),QB Jamie Collins (Franklin County), WR Nate Hampton (6' 1", 175, Clarksdale), DB Charles Mitchell, FB Tim Jackson, DE Jeremy Henderson, OC Jon Paul Alford, Ath Oliver Hughes (6' 0", 200, Grenada), RB Bradley Jacobs (5' 11", 175, Long Beach), RB Desmond Johnson, Daniel King (6' 1", 190, Gulfport), Ath Jason McNair, DE Josh Tillman (6' 4", 230, Franklin County), TE Chuckie Curry (6' 7", 240, Newton), WR Horatio Williams (6' 1", 170, Oxford), DE Joshua Jackson (6' 3", 240, Canton), DE Timothy Kirk, and CB/RB Lynn Williams (5' 10", 170, DeSota Central).
All in all, 20 of the Top 25 prospects from MS are expected to be in town.
Key LA prospects expected in town
Louisiana has been very good to Ole Miss since the Orgeron era started and another banner crop is expected to be in town although LSU is holding their Jr Day on the same day.
Some expected to be in town are WR Zach Albin (6' 0", 180, Sulphur), DE Logan Bonnette (Calvery Babtist in Shreveport), WR Laron Byrd (6' 4", 210, Haynville), DB Robbie Green (John Curtis Christian), RB Peyton Jason (6' 0", 190, Jesuit), QB Jordan Jefferson (6' 4", 210, Destrehan), WR Matt Jones (Jennings), DE Nathan Lewis (6' 4", 250, Hahnville), RB Herbert Nappier (Wossman), OL Alec Savoie (6' 7", 285, Comeaux), LB and Christopher Scott (Southern Lab).
Key Arkansas players expected in town
The Rebels worked on several outstanding Natural state athletes last year but fell just short on a few, namely Jerry Franklin.
One of Ole Miss' ace recruiters, Hugh Freeze, is in charge of the state of Arkansas, and we would not be shocked if he broke through in a big way this upcoming season with players like TE Lavunce Askew, TE/DE Lavunce Askew (6' 3", 250, Canden-Fairview), DL Zach Blevins (6' 0", 250, White Hall), QB Hunter Miller (6' 2", 180, Sylvan Hills), RB Kevin Moore (6' 1", 200, West Memphis), QB Jimmy Youngblood (6' 4", 205, Camden-Fairview), who are all expected to be in town on Saturday.
Key Tennessee prospects expected to arrive
Tennessee is almost like a home state for the Rebels now with Coach Hugh Freeze's close contacts in the Memphis area.
Look for the Rebs to make another big splash in this state with prospects like OL Slade Adams (6' 5", 300, Mt. Joilet Sr), TE/DE Jeremy Akins (6' 5", 250, Jackson Central Merry), QB Mat Arent (6' 3", 210, Hillsboro), Sean Armstrong (Wooddale), OL Matt Brown (6' 4", 280, Mt. Pleasant), WR Ken Easterly (6' 3", 190, Knioxville West), WR E.J. Eperson (Humboldt), OL James Francis (Christian Brothers), LB Gavin Hardin (Commit/Jackson Central Merry), LB Antonio Harris (6' 0", 215, Mitchell), RB Leonard Jennings (6' 0", 190, Wooddale), LB DeAndre Jones, TE Jonathan Jones (6' 3" 245, Melrose), OL Jeff Price (6' 4", 300, Bartlett), OL Dontari Poe (6' 4", 320, Wooddale), OL Stevan Roop (6' 7", 345, Hampton), LB Marlon Walls (6' 4", 215, Wooddale), LB Ricky Holloway (6' 2", 220, Fayette-Ware), OL Brent Hanson (6-6, 295, Milan's), OL Caleb Cox (6-4, 335, Humboldt), DE Ethan Parham (6-6, 265, Huntingdon ) and OL Matt Reynolds (6-6, 265, Crockett County) all expected to be in town on Saturday.
Key Prospects from Alabama
Although Ole Miss has not heavily recruited the state of Alabama during the Orgeron era they are expecting LB Dexter Daniels (Brantley), RB Kenmore Hanley (Williamson), and LB Parker Whitten (6' 2", 220, Fyffe) to be in town.
Coach Orgeron made a statement at his signing day press conference that he was disappointed in their production from the state of Florida. Look for those efforts to increase this season with the likes of LB Ryan Baker (6' 0", 210, Blountstown), LB Scott Betros 6' 1", 215, Bolles), OL Chris Martin (Choctawhatchee), WR Melvin Ray (6' 4", 200, N. Florida Christian),WR Daniel Bryant, and CB Brandon Harris who have all been offered.
Late Additions (2/24)
TE Lavunce Askew is expected in town and he is rated as one of the Top 100 juniors in the country by scout.com.
The Rebels worked hard in the months of December and January combing through the Peach State looking for juniors while everybody else was still trying to do some senior recruiting. We saw the fruits from their labor last year when they did this tactic with the signings of Fonterrian Ingram, Ted Laurent, and Scottie Williams.
Look for LB T.J. Pridemore (6' 1", 225, Bufford), OL Omar Hunter (6' 3", 305, Bufford), RB Demetrius Murray (5' 9", 195, Bufford), and CB Brandon Boykin (5' 10, 185, Fayette County)
RB Brandon Davis (6' 0", 170, Tri Cities), DT Kevin Saia (6' 3", 275, Dutchtown), WR Laron Byrd (6' 4", 210, Hahnville), Ath Troy Mathews (6' 1", 180, Jesuit), and RB Michael Collins (Southern Lab)
RB Kelcey Clark (6' 1", 180, Cleveland), DL Delvin Jones (6' 3", 245, De Soto Central), CB Tyson Simms (De Soto Central), DE Josh Tillman (6' 3", 225, Franklin County), QB Jamie Collins (6' 2", 180, Franklin County), DB Daniel King (6' 1", 190, Harrison Central), WR Colton Barnett (6' 2", 180, Horn Lake), QB Bret Jecoat (6' 2", 205, Itawamba), OT Ronald Weeks (6' 5", 300, J. Z. George), QB Allen Johnson (6' 1", 180, Leake), OT Chuckie Curry (6' 7", 270, Newton), LB Dewayne Parham (6' 1", 220, Oxford), QB Cal Mitchell (6' 0", 170, Pascagoula), FB/DE William Crump (6' 0", 230, Provine), CB Cezar Coleman (6' 3", 180, Provine), and OL Shaun Lockridge (6' 3", 270, Riverside)
RB Craig Jones (5' 11", 205, Bartlett), OL Todd Brideforth (6' 0", 286, Cordova), S Antonio Avent (6' 0", 187, Cordova), WR Greg Moore (6' 5", 180, Cordova), OL Daniel Ward (6' 5", 290, Craigmont), QB Timothy Dollard (6' 0", 170, Creek Wood), QB Adam Currie (6' 1", 180, Evangel Christian), OL Arsonio Keys (6' 6", 270, Fayette Ware), WR Justin Hampton (6' 0", 180, Franklin), LB Darelle Nash (6' 1", 215, Houston), QB Dequan Hawkins (6' 3", 200, Jackson Central Merry), TE Jamal Mosley (6' 4", 220, Kingsburry), DE Dont'a Hightower (6' 4", 230, Marshall) is one of the top prospects in TN and has been offered by Ole Miss, OL Matt Brown (6'4", 280, Mt. Pleasant), DE Jeremy Johnson (6' 4", 250, Whitehaven), TE Tenarius Wright (6' 3", 215, Whitehaven),
Jr Day expected to be a big hit for Ole Miss
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