Ole Miss shocked some of the recruiting world Thursday night when they flipped Army-All American quarterback Matt Corral from Florida. Can we just take a moment to appreciate Ole Miss for continuing to harass Dan Mullen? They’re never going to let this guy sleep, are they?
Anywho, in past years, a certain Ole Miss coach would have tweeted a picture of a large bass with the hashtag Yahtzee after Corral announced his flipping. Luckily for all of our sanity, Ole Miss is now coached by Matt Luke, who almost never tweets original tweets.
Corral is a massive commitment, there is no other way to label it. A lot of stellar recruiting hauls are led by getting the quarterback. If you remember, Shea Patterson was instrumental in Ole Miss’ 2016 class that featured Greg Little, Benito Jones, and A.J. Brown.
However massive his commitment may be, Matt Corral is not the solution to Ole Miss problem, but he could be the means to securing said solution.
Ole Miss had the number 124 ranked run defense in 2017, only Tennessee and UCLA were worse Power-5 rushing defenses.
The Ole Miss defense was ranked 52nd in the country when it comes to passing defense. Ole Miss pass defense looks decent, but was it because teams knew they could run the football down their throats?
After all, Ole Miss did finish ranked 114 out of 123 teams in total defense, which is downright embarrassing.
Finally, Ole Miss ranked 84th in team efficiency, a number that was bogged down by their less-than-stellar defense.
Ole Miss will only find their solution through infusing their defense with legitimate SEC players, especially at linebacker and safety. For what it’s worth, Ole Miss has already started the process as they have 4-star linebacker Jacquez Jones committed.
Matt Corral may not be the solution, but he can be a means to addressing the defensive issues that have haunted Ole Miss for two seasons now. Winning over a big quarterback will always help recruiting.
Ole Miss fans should be excited that their recruiting appears to have caught a shot in the arm, but they would be wise to remain cautiously optimistic, at least until the staff reels in more help on the defensive side of the football.