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Ole Miss adds second JUCO commitment since Saturday

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Ole Miss added its second junior college commit in three days when former North Carolina signee Christian Russell came aboard Monday.

“It feels good, because my hard work has paid off and I’m playing in the SEC .. that’s big boy ball,” Russell told Saturday Down South when reached Monday night. “It doesn’t get any better than that.”

Next Wednesday (Dec. 18) junior college transfers can begin signing letters of intent. Russell had taken recent official visits to UCF and Minnesota, but when Ole Miss came along with an offer, he pounced on it to give the program its 19th commitment. Russell is a 6-foot-0, 240-pound three-star linebacker from East Mississippi Community College in Scooba (Miss.).

When Russell was in high school in North Carolina, he was a red hot recruit. He had 354 tackles in his career, along with more than 2,000 yards rushing. Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and UCLA offered him scholarships. He originally committed to North Carolina, but he didn’t have the scores he needed to sign in Feb. 2011, so the North Carolina coaches set him up with Hargrave, a prep school in Virginia. Then just a few days later, he lost his mother in a car accident and it changed everything. Russell’s path to Ole Miss has been a challenging one, just like many junior college transfers.

The Rebels added offensive tackle Fahn Cooper over the weekend. Cooper is a junior college player out of Illinois who once played for Bowling Green in the MAC.

Editor’s note: All rankings used by Saturday Down South, individual and team-wise, refer to the composite ranking.

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