Ole Miss is working on a strong recruiting class under Lane Kiffin. On Monday, that group added another key piece, beating out some SEC competition in the process.

The player is Andrew Maddox, an elite defensive lineman out of Mississippi. Maddox committed to Ole Miss over Georgia, LSU and Auburn, giving Lane Kiffin’s program a major in-state win. Maddox will also reunite with his brother in the college ranks.

Maddox is listed at 6-foot-3 and 265 pounds out of Hattiesburg’s Oak Grove High School. According to the 247 Sports Composite, Maddox is a 4-star recruit and the No. 7 player from the state for the class of 2025. He’s also the 22nd DL prospect for the class of 2025.

Maddox’s older brother, AJ, joined Ole Miss as a 3-star quarterback in the 2024 recruiting class. AJ Maddox was a January enrollee for the program.

Impact for Ole Miss

Ole Miss continues to trend up, both for the 2024 season and the 2025 recruiting class. The Rebels are no longer an afterthought in the college football season with Paul Finebaum claiming it would be an “utter disaster” if Lane Kiffin does not lead Ole Miss to its first College Football Playoff this season.

As for recruiting, Ole Miss now has 12 hard commitments for the cycle, a group that is ranked 21st in the country per the 247 Sports Team Composite. Maddox is the 3rd top-10 player out of Mississippi in that group, giving Ole Miss a strong in-state start to the recruiting class.