Hugh Freeze knows secret to beating Nick Saban on recruiting trail
Ole Miss may not have come away with the No. 1 recruiting country in the nation the last few years — that crown has gone to Alabama — but coach Hugh Freeze has been known to at least make it difficult for Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide on the recruiting trail.
Since Freeze took over the program in 2012, Ole Miss has beaten out Alabama for multiple 5-star talent, including Robert Nkemdiche, Laremy Tunsil, Greg Little and Benito Jones.
According to CBS Sports, Freeze says there’s one method that has worked the best for him when it comes to competing against Saban for some of the nation’s premier recruits. It might sound simpler than it looks:
“I feel like I have to personally recruit 12-15 guys in order to beat a Nick Saban who may call the parent one time,” Freeze said. “They may still beat us. We’re winning our share now, but it’s taking an enormous amount of work to do. Will that ever change? It has … some.”
Ole Miss has come away with the No. 8, 15, 17, and most recently, No. 6 recruiting classes since Freeze claimed responsibility.
“We’re extremely confident in who we are and how we do things inside this building,” he said.