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 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, unrated because he transferred from Florida International in 2013, is now an impactful starter on the Rebels’ stout defensive front.
As mentioned before, several players from this vaunted class will be playing on Sundays next year, while others return for their senior seasons. But regardless of which players do what, it appears this will be the 2013 recruiting class’ last season all together in Oxford.
As a result, we decided to follow the members of the 2013 class and how they play throughout the Rebels’ season by noting standout performances from them. Here’s how they did in the Rebels’ 53-52 Week 10 overtime loss to Arkansas:
ROBERT NKEMDICHE, DL
This was perhaps Nkemdiche’s most quiet game of the season as he only recorded 1 tackle and 1 quarterback hurry. He was going up against a very stout Arkansas offensive line, but this isn’t the type of performance NFL scouts want to see against top competition.
LAREMY TUNSIL, LT
Since coming back from a seven-game suspension, Tunsil has looked like the player that is projected to be a a top NFL draft pick next May. Tunsil did his part in keeping Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly clean against the Razorbacks and also helped the Rebels rush for 222 yards.
LAQUON TREADWELL, WR
Week 10 marked the fifth week in a row that Treadwell recorded at least 100 receiving yards and scored a touchdown. He is truly proving to be one of the best wide receivers in the nation and is surely catching the attention of NFL teams. He now has 68 receptions for 1,002 yards and 7 touchdowns this season.
EVAN ENGRAM, TE
Engram hasn’t lived up to his billing this season as being one of college football’s best tight ends and is averaging 2.8 receptions and 29.7 receiving yards per game this year. He did slightly better than that against Arkansas, finishing with 3 receptions for 35 yards.
QUINCY ADEBOYEJO, WR
Like Treadwell, Adeboyejo caught his 7th touchdown of the season against Arkansas as well. Although he doesn’t have as many receptions and yards as Treadwell, Adeboyejo is still having an excellent season with 33 receptions and 483 yards to go along with all of his scores. He’s been scoring a lot this season, but this was his first time scoring for the Rebels in three weeks.
FADOL BROWN, DE
Brown had 1 tackle against Arkansas, but it was in the backfield for a loss. His lone tackle was his lowest output of the season.