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Ole Miss 2012 Football Recruiting Update

Ben Still
Offensive Lineman
Memphis University School
Scout.com:  3 Stars
Rivals.com: 3 Stars
Vitals: 6’4,” 270 pounds
Still was the first commitment the Rebels received for the 2012 class as he committed April 21. At his current size, he projects to play at guard at the next level and should be a good one. In addition to Ole Miss, Still claims offers from Tulane and Memphis.

Temario Strong
Defensive End
South Panola
Scout.com: 3 Stars
Rivals.com: 3 Stars
Vitals: 6’1,” 217 pounds
Temario Strong was the first of two South Panola High School players to commit to Ole Miss April 26. At only 6’1,” 217 pounds, Strong is undersized for a defensive end and projects to play outside linebacker at the collegiate level unless he adds a significant amount of weight. He recorded 79 tackles and 14.5 sacks as a junior at South Panola. He is also the nephew of former Ole Miss linebacker Eddie Strong.

Issac Gross
Defensive tackle
South Panola
Scout.com: 3 Stars
Rivals.com: 3 Stars
Vitals: 6’2,” 270 pounds
Gross was the second part of the South Panola duo that committed to Ole Miss, along with Strong. He projects to play defensive tackle at Ole Miss, but could be used as a big defensive end in certain situations. He possesses a great first step and that quickness helped him record 75 tackles and 10 sacks as a junior. In addition to Ole Miss, Gross claims offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Texas, among others.

C.J. Beathard
Battleground Academy (Tenn.)
Scout.com: 2 Stars
Rivals.com: 3 Stars
Vitals: 6’2,” 180 pounds
The Rebels are looking for two quarterbacks in this 2012 recruiting class and landed their first one in Beathard in early May. With his current frame, he needs to add weight and will certainly redshirt his first year at Ole Miss to do so. He possesses a good arm and has proved to be very accurate. He claims offers from Tulane and SMU along with Ole Miss. As a junior, he threw for 2,312 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Jordan Batiste
Defensive back
Lutcher (La.)
Scout.com: 3 Stars
Rivas.com: 3 Stars
Vitals: 5’8,” 160 pounds
Ole Miss badly needs defensive backs in this class and Batiste projects to be a very good one. He impressed during camp season and would have been more highly recruited if he was bigger than his 5’8,” 160-pound frame. Batiste possesses great speed, solid cover skills and could contribute early despite his size. He claims offers from Memphis, Mississippi State, Pittsburgh, Southern Mississippi and Vanderbilt, among others.

Jaylen Walton
Running back
Ridgeway (Tenn.)
Scout.com: 3 Stars
Rivals.com: 3 Stars
Vitals: 5’9,” 175 pounds
While the overall talent level in Mississippi for the 2012 recruiting class is down compared to years past, Memphis is stacked with talent and the Rebels have been hitting the city hard. Their hard work paid off with the commitment of Walton, an explosive athlete who is one of the fastest prospects in the Southeast. At 5’9,” 175 pounds, he is undersized but has the talent to play from the time he steps foot on campus. Walton has offers from all over the place, including Arkansas, Auburn, Louisville, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Penn State, among others

Jake Meador
Offensive tackle
Whiteland (Ind.)
Scout.com: 3 Stars
Rivals.com: 4 Stars
Vitals: 6’7,” 305 pounds
Ole Miss very rarely goes into the state of Indiana and pulls a great prospect but the Rebels did when they landed Jake Meador. Meador projects as an offensive tackle on the collegiate level as he is already a large kid at 6’7,” 305 pounds. In addition to Ole Miss, Meador claims offers from Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, SMU and Vanderbilt.

Austin Ray
Tight End
Rock Bridge (Mo.)
Scout.com: 3 Stars
Rivals.com: 3 Stars
Vitals: 6’6,” 235 pounds
Even after landing Jamal Mosley out of junior college in the 2011 signing class, tight end is still a priority for the Rebels in the 2012 class. Ole Miss went out into Missouri and landed Austin Ray from Columbia. As a junior, the 6-foot-6, 235-pound Ray reeled in 18 catches for 250 yards and 8 touchdowns. Ray also claims offers from Iowa, Kansas State, Louisville, and Nebraska.

Mike Hilton
Sandy Creek (Ga.)
Scout.com: 3 Stars
Rivals.com: 3 Stars
Vitals: 5’9,” 175 pounds
Hilton, who chose Ole Miss over a group of offers from Mississippi State, Kentucky, and others, could play on either side of the ball for the Rebels. While he lacks prototypical size, but makes up for it with great quickness and acceleration. Hilton has played both cornerback and running back in high school.

I’Tavius Mathers
Running back
Scout.com: 3 Stars
Rivals.com: 4 Stars
Vitals: 6’0,” 195 lbs
Ole Miss continues to pull in running backs from the state of Tennessee as Mathers gives them a second running back commitment from the Volunteer State. At his size, Mathers possesses bigger size than Jaylen Walton and is also more of a physical runner than Walton. As a junior in 2010, he ran for over 2,600 yards and 31 total touchdowns and was named the Gatordade Player of the Year in Tennessee. The Murfreesboro native had offers from all over the country, but finally chose Ole Miss over South Carolina.

Three to keep an eye on:

Jeremy Liggins
Scout.com: 3 Stars
Rivals.com: 3 Stars
Vitals: 6’3,” 270 pounds
Liggins is one of the most interesting prospects in the 2012 recruiting class. He lives in Oxford and is an accomplished quarterback at Lafayette High School. However, he is 6’3,” 270 pounds and is so talented he could play defensive end, tight end or even linebacker at the collegiate level. Liggins wants to play quarterback though, and he is a very good one. He ran for over 1,100 yards, threw for over 1,600 yards and scored a combined 37 touchdowns as junior. He claims offers from Alabama, Ole Miss, LSU and Mississippi State, among others, and those are thought to be his top four schools. He was also a regular visitor at Ole Miss’ fall practice, so the Rebels appear to be in good shape with him.

Barry Sanders Jr.
Running Back
Heritage Hall (Okla.)
Scout.com: 4 Stars
Rivals.com: 4 Stars
Vitals: 5’11,” 190 pounds
Yes, this is the son of the great Barry Sanders who played college ball at Oklahoma State and played professionally for the Detroit Lions. Sanders Jr. isn’t really big, but has great speed and agility. He has a large group of offers, including Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Oklahoma State, and Ole Miss. While Houston Nutt coached at Oklahoma State when Barry Sanders was there, Ole Miss looks to be a long shot at this time to land Sanders Jr. However, he is scheduled to visit Oxford this weekend.

Robert Nkemdiche (2013 Recruit)
Defensive Tackle
Grayson (Ga.)
Scout.com: 5 Stars
Rivals.com: N/A
Nkemdiche is the younger brother of defensive back Denzel Nkemdiche, who signed with Ole Miss as a part of the 2011 recruiting class. He is scheduled to be visiting Oxford this weekend for the BYU game. Only a junior but already 6-foot-4, 260-pounds, Nkemdiche is in contention to be the top overall player in the 2013 recruiting class and seems to be a lock to be the top defensive lineman in the class. He has early offers from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Ole Miss, and South Carolina among others. He’s a program-changing player with a great first step and physical ability on the line.