Just a few months ago, Ole Miss was left for dead in the 2018 recruiting cycle. The Rebels were hamstrung by impending NCAA sanctions and coaching uncertainty. But they have a chance for a respectable finish that is possibly in the top-30 or top-25.
Ole Miss ranged anywhere from the 60’s to the 70’s prior to the naming of Matt Luke as permanent head coach.
Since that point, however, Ole Miss has skyrocketed up the recruiting rankings into the top 30. Ole Miss is now 28th on Rivals. On 247sports, Ole Miss is also ranked 28th, with their latest commit Miles Battle.
The flips of four-stars Matt Corral and Elijah Moore signaled the changing of Ole Miss 2018 fortunes. Ole Miss also added fringe four-star Jalen Cunningham, a massive offensive/defensive lineman, in the early December signing period.
However, Matt Luke and staff didn’t stop there. Ole Miss has since added fringe four-star linebacker Kevontae’ Ruggs and defensive tackle Noah Jefferson.
But it isn’t over for Ole Miss. Starting with another four-star commit on Monday night, Miles Battle. Battle’s commitment pushed Ole Miss into the top-30 of the recruiting rankings. Ole Miss is still at least in the game for two other five-stars – Tommy Bush and Tank Johnson. Bush is a 6 foot 5 inch wide receiver, and Tank Johnson is another big bodied offensive lineman.
Ole Miss is in a scholarship crunch thanks to NCAA sanctions, so they may not have room for Bush. Missing out on three-star linebacker Jayden McDonald could help if that situation does arise, though. Ole Miss may choose to add the deadly Bush instead of a low-ranked linebacker that will not see the field. They can’t just sign a body to sign a body.
As for Jenkins, Ole Miss got his last visit, and he would be the icing on the cake in this class.
Ole Miss also extended late offers to Tylan Knight, a two-star athlete in Mississippi, and Luke Knox, a three-star, unranked linebacker. Another major target is three-star running back Charles Strong, a former Florida State commit who will decide between Texas A&M and Ole Miss.
Regardless of the outcome, Ole Miss fans will be interested in high-profile commitments on National Signing Day, which was inconceivable only a few months ago.
*all player rankings and info from 247sports composite.