Tennessee and Ole Miss lead nation for 2016 commitments


Think talking about the class of 2015 is a bit much? How about the class of 2016–the kids who haven’t finished their sophomore years yet?

But to be competitive, college staffs keep having to be involved–earlier and earlier–in making their presence known with prospects. Tennessee and Ole Miss currently share the nation’s lead with three 2016 commitments apiece. There are no rankings available yet for these classes, but these two SEC schools lead the way.

Just like with its 2014 and 2015 classes, Tennessee has had the most activity of late. Sevierville (Tenn.) athlete Dorian Banks and Brownsville (Tenn.) DE Emmit Gooden have both committed to the Vols since national signing day for the 2014 recruits. They join DE/TE Darrel Middleton, who has actually been on board since his freshman season. All three are in-state prospects, showing the efforts Butch Jones and his class are making.

Ole Miss and Huge Freeze are also three-for-three in state. OL Eli Johnson, ATH Dekaylin Metcalf and RB Justin Conner have been on board for months.


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  • Eli Johnson will be the No. 1 ranked center when the rankings come out for the 2016 class. He is already 6’4 290 plus pounds. Ole Miss is looking at him at center, but he can play any position and if he continues to grown, he could possible play tackle. Metcalf is already a really good WR and will be a 4 star recruit when the rankings come out and as for Justin Conner, I believe he is the cousin of Ole Miss safety Tony Conner. He also plays for the Mississippi power house South Panola. So I don’t think I am going out on a limb by saying he will probably be a pretty darn good player.

    • Agree all the way around, Armyguy. This isn’t filler material, nor is Tennessee’s. This is putting a fence around your state and owning it. And frankly, MissState is doing a helluva job with its 2015 group too (as is Ole Miss). There’s a lot of programs that had better get moving, especially OUTSIDE of the SEC.

      • True that a program has to nail down good recruits at some point. There are practical problems with asking for commitments so early however: academic performance may not materialize, behavior / or legal problem could, career ending injuries happen in high school as well as in college (ref. Tony Van Zant, Missouri, never played a down), percent body fat changes with growth and development and sometimes the genetic pre-disposition is difficult to change, same for increasing demands with cardio-vascular system development, and more. All the same congratulations on this what looks like good work for TN and OM at this point in time

      • Thanks, it looks like Mississippi is going to have a really good group of recruits this year, last year was sort of a down year in the state as for as producing a lot of good recruits. That is very true about owning your state. A lot of ppl don’t realize how small the population in MS is and it as 3 major colleges (Ole Miss, MSU, USM) that compete for those recruits Mississippi only has around 2.9 million, while other states in the SEC have at least 4.5 million or more. Some of those states only have one major college, like LSU, Arkansas, and Mizzou. But Mississippi still produces a ton of D1 recruits for it’s small size. The last I heard, Mississippi is 2nd behind Louisiana as for as producing NFL players per capita.