Published December 9, 2013 - 8:30amNEW: Follow on facebook -
Ole Miss has gone about it a bit quieter this year, but it is certainly attracting top-level talent like it did last year when it closed hotter down the stretch than any program in the nation.
This weekend, Fahn Cooper–who is rated a four-star prospect by several recruiting services and a high-end three-star overall–joined the Ole Miss class of 2014 and will be on campus in January. The 6-foot-5, 315-pounder is rated one of the top 10 offensive tackles nationally in the junior college ranks, hailing from College of Dupage in Illinois. He’s the No. 1 JUCO prospect in Illinois. Prior to junior college, he played for Bowling Green in the MAC for two seasons.
Cooper told Saturday Down South on Sunday night that he really hit it off with true freshman Robert Nkemdiche. Both have native African roots, specifically Nigerian.
“The first thing that impressed me was that all the guys on the team are tight with each other,” Cooper told SDS. “It’s one thing to hear it, but I could see it. We were all down there for just one weekend, and the next day or night we felt we’d all come in together already. They could relate to me. Especially with Robert Nkemdiche, who also has a Nigerian background. I liked being around those guys.”
Now, of Ole Miss’ 23 commitments, nine are ranked a four-star recruit by at least one recruiting service, while four are rated overall four-star prospects. Three of those nine four-star players have been added to class in just the last month–Cooper, Kendarius Webster and Markell Park.
It is reminiscent of what coach Hugh Freeze did last year, when he got redhot down the stretch and landed elite national recruits like LaQuon Treadwell, Robert Nkemdiche and Laremy Tunsil. The Rebels now have a clear cut top 15 class nationally.
“I’ll tell you this, when Ole Miss signed that class last year, I wondered what was up like everybody else,” Cooper told SDS. “But when I actually got a chance to get down there and see the environment myself, I realized there’s no need for any of that kind of stuff. I can see why when people came down here, they don’t want to leave. Robert (Nkemdiche) told me something. He said ‘bear in mind, schools like LSU already have something established, but at Ole Miss there’s an opportunity to do something really special.’ We want to be a part of something historical.”