Grading the OL signees

The Rebels were able to piece together quite an offensive line class after a slow start. To view where Ole Miss stacks up against the rest of the SEC, read below.

Grading Scale

A = Your position is ranked in the top three in the SEC
B = Your position is rated anywhere from 4-6 in the SEC
C = Your position is rated anywhere from 7-9 in the SEC.
D = Your position is rated 10 or 11th in the SEC.
F = Your position was last in the SEC


**It is interesting looking around the SEC at the other OL classes. Here is how the Rebels compared to other schools within the conference.

Alabama - Three 4 Star OL and three 3 Star OL.
LSU - One 4 Star OL and two 3 Star OL.
Georgia - One 4 Star and two 3 Star
Auburn - One 2 Star.
OM - One 4 Star, three 3 Stars, and three 2 Stars
MSU - Two 3 Stars
Arkansas - Two 4 Stars, two 3 Stars, and 2 Stars.
Tennessee - Two 3 Stars
Florida - One 5 Star, two 4 Stars, and two 3 Stars.
Kentucky - One 3 Star and two 2 Stars
Vandy - One 3 Star and two 2 Stars

Why B+

Going off pure rankings, this would put Ole Miss in third or fourth place. Florida would be first and Alabama in second. Arkansas and Ole Miss could make an argument for being in third. Due to Arkansas signing more than one 4 or 5 star player, we will give them the nod at third.

This gives Ole Miss a B+ ranking.

**There is no doubt that the jewel to not only the OL class, but the overall class, was Bobby Massie out of Hargrave. Bobby was rated the #1 overall prospect for the prep school prospects, and had he been a high school product, he probably would have been given a 5-Star ranking.

There have been some to go as far as to say that Bobby is the top offensive line prospect in the country, although felt like there were a handful of others on the high school level who were ahead of Bobby.

The only thing we know for sure is that the 6' 8", 315 pound left tackle is said to be the furthest along out of any offensive lineman during Coach Prunty's tenure at Hargrave. You take into consideration that Hargrave has four left tackles starting in the NFL, and that says all we need to know.

The Virginia native is extremely strong (benches over 400 pounds), has great footwork, and long arms. That is why most project him for left tackle although he has played right tackle most of his career.

**The most under-rated lineman by our network that I have seen on film goes to Ole Miss signee, Michael Brown. The Rebels feel like he has a chance to be a multiple "All-SEC" offensive tackle at Ole Miss.

The 6' 6", 320 pound Lexington (TX) native made All-State in the State of Texas both his junior and senior seasons. Michael is what you term a "good ole boy" as he comes from the country and loves to hunt and fish, but if there is one thing he loves to hunt more than deer it is opposing defensive linemen. He will simply pancake and drive you into the ground. Brown is one of those players who is like a teddy bear off the field, but he has that mean streak on the field. His footwork is good enough to handle the right tackle position, but he is also strong enough to be able to pull block and become a guard if needed.

**Mississippi's top offensive lineman, regardless of how the network ranks them, was Forest Hill's Emmanuel McCray. The 6' 5", 280 pound left tackle has extremely good footwork, but he will need to work on his strength and weight before he makes an impact at Ole Miss. McCray will probably be one of those players that needs developed for a couple of seasons to reach his potential, but once he gets there, he is going to pass most of the other linemen in the SEC that developed faster.

**When looking at his film, you wonder how Evan Swindall was rated as just a 2-Star center? The 6' 3", 280 pound Lafayette (GA) native is the son of the head coach, and he shows it by his techniques and football savvy he displays on the field. Evan plays to the whistle blows, and has very good footwork, which is vital for any center.

**The Rebels wanted to add some size to the line this Spring, and they were able to do that with the signee of Logan Clair (6' 5", 320). The N' East Okl A&M product will most likely move from right tackle to offensive guard at Ole Miss.

**The Ole Miss coaching staff is really high on last year's signee, Aaron Hawkins. The Georgia native enrolled in January after taking a greyshirt during the fall semester. We hear that he has really cut down his body fat and is having some great workouts in the gym and in conditioning drills. The former high school center might move to guard in the spring, but they are going to experiment him at both center and guard.

**Mike Thomas (6' 5", 270) had an ankle injury which prevented him playing in most of his senior season. He started both ways (OT/DE) for St. Pauls (AL) and received a lot of accolades his junior season at defensive end. It will be interesting to see where he ends up, but most insiders believe he will end up at offensive tackle when it is all said and done.

The one(s) who got away:
Josh Williford and James Carpenter

2010 Outlook: We look for Ole Miss to be aggressive once again next season for the offensive line positions. They are most likely going to greyshirt OC Evan Swindall, and he will be the only scholarship center on the 2010 team unless Aaron Hawkins stays at center. We look for them to go after a juco center, a couple of high school guards, and a couple offensive tackles. Even with the addition of the 7 OL from this year's class, the numbers will still be lower than they would like.

Video from the incoming Freshmen
(Scout's video server is temporarily down so we will put up the individual film for each player today and release it in one package in the near future)

Bobby Massie

Michael Brown

Emmanuel McCray

Aaron Hawkins

Evan Swindall

Mike Thomas

Logan Clair
Film Not Available

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