Offensive Line: C-
Due to Ole Miss' inability to land a highly recruited offensive lineman, and striking out at a very important need position (offensive tackle), we have given them an overall C- for the offensive line positions.
They were able to land an underrated offensive guard in Kermit Tyler. The 6' 4", 335 pounder out of Marrero (LA) shined at the Offensive/Defensive All-American practices and started to receive some late offers in schools like Rutgers, Southern Mississippi, and Mississippi State when Coach Orgeron was dismissed. Tyler strengths lie in his run blocking abilities and his quick feet for someone of this size.
Ole Miss was also able to persuade Arkansas commit, Josh Tatum , to jump ship and head over to the University of Mississippi. There is an ever so slight chance that the 6' 5", 330 pounder might could move over to offensive tackle due to his quick feet, but that would be out of need as his strengths are at guard.
The Rebels graduated both of their centers last year in Corey Actis and Thomas Eckers. They were able to fill those needs by bringing in a midsemester transfer in N' West CC product, Brandon Green (6' 2", 315), and a high school candidate in Aaron Hawkins (6' 3", 300).
Brandon Green will have the Spring to get adapted to the offense and was a nice get for the Rebels as they were able to talk him out of his long time Memphis commitment at the 11th hour.
Aaron Hawkins will be counted on down the road after he probably takes a redshirt. Aaron was heavily considering Vandy but decided to cast his lot with the Rebels very late in the recruiting process. When watching Hawkins film, you have to be impressed with his footwork, which is vital for the center position.
Green (OC, N' West CC, MS) - JUNIOR COLLEGE: A 2007 first-team
Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges All-State selection ...
Participated in the Mississippi Junior College All-Star game ... Started every
game during his two seasons at Northwest ... Was an honorable mention Academic
All-American by JC Grid-Wire ... Selected to the All-Region XXIII team
... ... Helped lead the Rangers to a 6-4 record in 2007 and MACJC playoffs ...
Coached at Northwest by Randy Pippin ... HIGH SCHOOL: Was a three-year
starter at Southaven High School ... Coached in high school by Ed Rich ... Earned
first-team All-State honors his senior season and second-team All-State honors
during his junior season ... PERSONAL: Son of Vickie Alexander .... Full
name is Brandon Jay Green ... Born: July 14, 1987.
Houston Nutt Quote:
Brandon Green is another young man that is already in the program. We got him from junior college and is already in the system. Im glad he is a center. Im really glad we have him.
Hawkins (C, Lithonia, GA) -
Earned first team 5A All-State honors from the Georgia Sports Writers Association
.... Rated the No. 22 center in the nation by Scout.com ... Named first
team All-Area by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... Helped lead his team
to the Region 2-5A championship as a senior ... Coached in high school by Corey
Houston Nutt Quote
A.J. Hawkins is a good guard type big man. He has very good size, very good feet, is strong and all of them come from really good, quality families.
Tatum (OG, Marbury, AL) - Named first team 3A All-State by the
Alabama Sports Writers Association as a senior ... Ranked as the No. 71
OG in the nation by Scout.com ... Earned first team All-Metro honors from
the Montgomery Advertiser as a senior ... Selected to the 2007 Alabama-Mississippi
All-star Classic ... Coached in high school by Kyle Glover.
Houston Nutt Quote
We have got four or five offensive linemen that we needed. One guy from Alabama, Joshua Tatum, his grandmother, grandfather and mother all came to campus and said this was the most beautiful campus they have ever seen. That is what makes your heart smile. We knew we had him sold. When you have mama and grandmamma sold, you got them. So, we were really glad to get Joshua from over in Alabama.
Tyler (OG, Marrero, LA) - A PrepStar All-Region selection ...
As a senior, earned All-Metro honors from The Times-Picayune ... Helped
lead team to three-straight district championships ... Earned first team All-State
honors from the Louisiana Football Coaches Association and honorable mention
All-State honors from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association in 2007
... Ranked the No. 31 player in Louisiana by SuperPrep and named to the SuperPrep
All-Region team ... Rated the No. 28 player in Louisiana and the No. 52 OG in
the nation by Rivals.com ... Ranked the No. 34 player in Louisiana and the No.
49 OG in the nation by Scout.com ... Rated the No. 81 OG in the nation
by ESPN.com ... Named to The Times-Picayune Blue-Chip List ... Participated
in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl ... Named All-District during
junior and senior years ... Coached in high school by Wayne Meyers.
Houston Nutt Quote
Another guy is Kermit Tyler. He is a big guy from Louisiana. Im really glad we have him with his size.
The one who got away:
The obvious ones who stung the most were at offensive tackle in Dallas Thomas (Tennessee), Matt Hall (Arkansas), and Garrett Faircloth (Florida State).
The Rebels only have one underclassmen on the team that is a true offensive tackle in Bradley Sowell so look for Ole Miss to load up at this position in the upcoming December and February classes. We hear they want to ink a total of four offensive tackles and add another high school center.