Ole Miss freshman QB John Rhys Plumlee, once committed to Georgia, explains why he signed with Rebels
On June 15, 2018, Hattiesburg, Mississippi athlete John Rhys Plumlee, rated a 4-star dual-threat quarterback, pledged to the Georgia Bulldogs. The early signing period opened and closed in December 2018 and Plumlee remained pledged but unsigned. On Feb. 4, 2019, Plumlee announced that he had flipped his commitment from Georgia to Ole Miss. Two days later, he signed with the Rebels.
So what happened between June and February? Rebels coach Matt Luke made a big hire that got the attention of Plumlee. On Dec. 31, 2018, Rich Rodriguez became the new offensive coordinator at Ole Miss. Plumlee quickly warmed to the home-state Rebels.
“Rich Rod’s offense was a big aspect of it,” Plumlee recently told David Johnson of 247Sports. “Earlier Ole Miss didn’t really want me as a quarterback (when Phil Longo was offensive coordinator). They liked me as a slot receiver or as a DB. When Coach Rich Rod came in he wanted me as a quarterback, specifically. That’s the only thing he wanted me for. That was a major thing for me, because the position I wanted to play in college was quarterback. Knowing I had the opportunity to do that was one of the major things that led me here for sure.”
Georgia still managed to sign a 4-star quarterback for the 2019 class as D’Wan Mathis flipped from Ohio State to UGA during the early signing period (Dec. 19, 2018).