Ole Miss continues to roll on the recruiting trail
Ole Miss continues to assemble one of the best classes in the country for the 2016 recruiting cycle and the Rebels are far from finished.
Monday, Ole Miss landed two impressive out-of-state commits. Three-star offensive tackle Royce Newman (Nashville, Ill.) flipped from Missouri to the Rebels, and four-star wide receiver Tre Nixon (Melbourne, Fla./Viera) picked Ole Miss over Georgia and a host of other Southeastern Conference programs.
First and foremost on Newman — like most offensive linemen he’s a developmental prospect. He’s listed at 6-foot-7, 255 pounds and will likely need to fill out and add bulk/strength (again, nothing out of the ordinary). When you watch him on film, you will notice excellent footwork and arm length. He can play and certainly has the chance to be very good down the road during his time in Oxford. You can never have too many quality offensive tackle prospects in your program and he’s certainly one.
Nixon, I like, because Nixon is a polished receiver who is a good enough route runner and has good enough hands to make things happen during his first year in college. Of course, I felt the same way about Van Jefferson and DaMarkus Lodge and both redshirted (Lodge got hurt) at Ole Miss, but Nixon is cut from a similar cloth.
This guy can end up being really, really good in time and he perhaps could make some noise this coming season. Plus, Chad Kelly is coming back at quarterback and the Rebels add five-star Shea Patterson, so there will definitely be competent signal callers to get him the ball.
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While these two prospects are highly-recruited and not the criminally under-ranked sleeper types that you look back on and go “wow” down the road (the Rebels have signed several of those, too), both are extremely good evaluations by the Ole Miss staff, which has a penchant for doing that in addition for winning battles for the “no-brainers” both in and out-of-state.
These two might just be the start of things for a monster finish for Ole Miss. The Rebels currently have the No. 2 class in the SEC (behind LSU) and rank No. 4 nationally. They are in it for No. 1 overall prospect Rashan Gary (likely Michigan), they are in it for five-star linebacker Mique Juarez from California, they are in it for five-star in-state defensive end Jeffery Simmons (battling Mississippi State and Alabama) and they are in it for several other high-end prospects as well.
This will be a very intriguing program to track for the next eight days.