Ole Miss Class of 2013: A last hurrah?
In 2013, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze brought four five-star and seven four-star recruits to Oxford for what was a historic Rebels recruiting class.
The quartet of five stars — defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche, offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, wide receiver Laquon Treadwell and defensive back Tony Conner — have all played crucial roles for Ole Miss the last two years. They’re now juniors soon facing the decision to either return to school or enter the NFL.
But they aren’t the only members of the Rebels’ 2013 class that have become major contributors.
Former four-star quarterback Ryan Buchanan and former three-star quarterback DeVante Kincade both found themselves competing with Chad Kelly for the starting job this season. Although Kelly has been named the starter, Buchanan and Kincade both saw plenty of action in the Rebels’ first two games and could see more moving forward in certain situations.
Wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo and tight end Evan Engram were both three-star recruits out of the 2013 class that have emerged as starters and playmakers on the Ole Miss offense. Fadol Brown, a transfer from Florida International in 2013, is now a starter on the Rebels’ stout defensive front.
Regardless of which players turn pro and which return, this will be the 2013 recruiting class’ last season together in Oxford.
Here’s how the members of the 2013 class played throughout their third season:
ROBERT NKEMDICHE, DL
Nkemdiche, who’s been injured much of the year, has 25 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks. But his stats are deceptive because he’s often double-teamed by blockers because of the problems he can cause for offenses. Despite not being a stat champion this season, Nkemdiche will be a top pick in this year’s NFL Draft.
LAREMY TUNSIL, LT
Tunsil continues to be one of the best offensive linemen in college football and the Ole Miss offense has been clicking since he returned from his seven-game hiatus while under a NCAA investigation. Tunsil and the Ole Miss offensive line have helped Kelly lead the SEC in passing yardage.
LAQUON TREADWELL, WR
Treadwell extended his streak of consecutive games with a receiving touchdown to six last Saturday against LSU. Treadwell got off to a slow start this season but quickly caught up and is having an impressive junior campaign. He now has 72 receptions for 1,060 yards and 8 touchdowns.
EVAN ENGRAM, TE
Engram had his best game of the season against LSU, setting season-highs in receptions (five) and receiving yards (58). He also caught his second TD of the season on the Rebels’ final score to put the game out of reach.
QUINCY ADEBOYEJO, WR
Adeboyejo’s 62 receiving yards agaisnt LSU were his most since his 94 in a loss at Memphis. He has 35 receptions for 545 yards and seven TDs.