While some positions were hurt by the late coaching change that took place in December, the QB position was not one of them.
The Rebels graduated both of their signal callers that played last year, so filling those spots were intergal for the future of Ole Miss' program. Ole Miss will only have two quarterbacks on scholarship in the Spring in Jevan Snead and Billy Tapp, and as Coach Nutt stated at the press conference, he has seen three go down in one game so you better have three or more ready to survive in the SEC.
Chris Wilkes was an All-State selection out of Dr. Phillips and stayed rock solid with his commitment throughout the coaching change despite schools like Miami, Georgia Tech, Colorado, Oregon, Wisconsin, Arizona State, and several more high profile programs trying to change his mind throughout the recruiting process.
Wilkes is your classic drop back passer who stands tall in the pocket (6' 4", 220) and has a rocket for an arm. He is a true leader on and off of the field and hails from the school that Rebel hoop's Chris Warren came out of.
Nathan Stanley was voted 1st Team All-State for all classifications because he simply stole the show in the state of Oklahoma for the past three seasons. He had over 3, 000 yards of offense and 44 TD's as a senior.
The 6' 5", 205 signal caller passed for over 2,300 yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior and had over 2, 900 passing yards as a sophomore. All told, Nathan had over 9, 000 yards of offense for Sequoyah High. Stanley rushed for over 2, 800 yards in his three years, so you know foot speed is not going to be a problem. Nathan picked Ole Miss after considering scholarship offers Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Maryland, and Oregon State.
What you have are two highly sought after QB's who compliment each other. One is a classic drop back passer (Wilkes) while the other (Stanley) likes to get out of the pocket and make things happen with his feet as well as his arm.
This is just what the doctor ordered for the current Ole Miss football team. Two totally different QB's who bring different attributes to the table. Both will provide immediate depth to a razor thin position.
Houston Nutt Quote
"Chris is from Orlando, Fla. He was offered early. He is very accurate and has a strong arm. We hung on to him. He had a lot of people coming after him."
Stanley (QB, Tahlequah, OK) - Had over 3,
000 yards of offense and 44 Td's as a senior ... Ranked the No. 89 player in the
nation by Sports Illustrated ... Rated the No. 11 player in Oklahoma and No. 23
QB in the nation by Rivals.com ... Named 2nd Team All-State by the Tulsa World
... Earned 1st Team All-State honors from the Oklahoma Coaches Association ...
Ranked the No. 9 player in Oklahoma and the No. 61 QB in the nation by Scout.com
... Participated in the Offense-Defense All-American Game ... Rated the No. 19
QB in the nation by Max Emfinger ... Selected to the Oklahoma Coaches Association
All-star Game ... Coached in high school by Brent Scott.
Houston Nutt Quote
Stanley is a young man from Oklahoma. I was very aware of him from summer camps
over the past two years. He is 6-5, very athletic with a lot of upside and lot
of leadership qualities that you are going to love."
The one who got away:
We are not sure you would classify it as "getting away" but the Rebels were also eyeing Jim Youngblood, who was committed to Arkansas while Coach Nutt was at the helm.