Ole Miss already has a strong class for 2015 with four commitments on board, but the Rebels have a whole lot of other top targets they’re trying to land–here’s the best five of those targets.
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings.
1. Jamal Peters, Bassfield (Miss.), 6-3/200, DB
- National rank: No. 46 overall prospect
- SEC schools: Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama, LSU
- The skinny: The No. 1 prospect in Mississippi, Peters is an elite safety who can hit like a truck. He’s big, he’s quick and he has a knack for the big play. Look for him to dominate at the next level, no matter where he goes. Ole Miss is definitely in the mix, but Mississippi State and Alabama are seriously in the mix, too.
2. Javon Patterson, Petal (Miss.), 6-4/290, OL
- National rank: No. 59 overall
- SEC schools: Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama
- The skinny: The Rebels are one of the serious leaders for this outstanding offensive guard prospect, but this is a recurring theme–Mississippi State and poacher Alabama are right behind chasing him down. Other SEC schools like Florida have offered recently, but guys like Patterson tend to stay close to their Mississippi homes.
3. Malik Dear, Jackson (Miss.), 5-10/185, ATH
- National rank: No. 67 overall
- SEC schools: Ole Miss, Mississippi State,
- The skinny: Just another one of those classic in-state battles in Mississippi, where the Bulldogs and Rebels will be duking it out until the end. Dear is talented enough to play several positions–he rushed for 1,000, caught a ton of passes and even played some quarterback for Murrah HS in Jackson. He’s a sleek athlete.
4. Eric Swinney, Tyrone (Ga.), 5-10/190, RB
- National rank: No. 87 overall
- SEC schools: Auburn, Georgia, Ole Miss, Tennessee
- The skinny: Swinney only recently named his top five, and Ole Miss is planted firmly within that group. But this isn’t the typical in-state Mississippi battle with MSU, this is going to battle with a bunch of SEC powers closer to his home in Georgia. Still, the Rebels do have a chance here. They’d be getting one of the nation’s top RBs if they manage it, and let’s face it–his home state Georgia team is loaded at RB.
5. Kelly Bryant, Piedmont (S.C.), 6-5/205, QB
- National rank: No. 450 overall
- SEC schools: Ole Miss, South Carolina, Florida
- The skinny: Make no mistake here–he may be ranked a three-star prospect, but he is wanted by several five-star programs. Bryant’s size is unquestionably impressive at 6-foot-5, and he has turned the heads of several SEC schools and Ohio State and Clemson. Look for a decision from him in the coming months.