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Ole Miss commitment capsules

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Quintavius Burdette

Athlete

Senatobia (Senatobia HS)

Rivals.com: 2 Stars

Scout.com: 2 Stars

Vitals: 5’10,” 180 pounds

Burdette committed to Hugh Freeze at Arkansas State and switched to Ole Miss in late January. Originally a running back, he was forced to play quarterback as a senior. He rushed for over 1,200 yards as a junior at the running back position. Listed as an athlete, he could play in the defensive secondary or at running back for the Rebels.

Robert Conyers

Offensive tackle

Miami, Fla. (G. Holmes Braddock HS)

Rivals.com: 3 Stars

Scout.com: 3 Stars

Vitals: 6’5,” 277 pounds

Conyers was close to committing to Duke and offensive line coach Matt Luke, but he put that on hold when Luke was hired to the same position at Ole Miss. Soon thereafter, he committed to Ole Miss over offers from Cincinnati, Duke, Kentucky, Michigan State, South Florida and Wake Forest, among others. Conyers is an athletic tackle who should do well in Freeze’s spread offense.

Cody Core

Wide Receiver

Auburn, Ala. (Auburn HS)

Rivals.com: 2 Stars

Scout.com: 2 Stars

Vitals: 6’3,” 173 pounds

A longtime commitment to Troy University, Core reopened his recruitment this past month. As a senior, he hauled in over 600 yards receiving and eight touchdowns. He also played in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic and chose Ole Miss over offers from Kentucky, North Carolina and Troy.

Trae Elston

Defensive Back

Oxford, Ala. (Oxford HS)

Rivals.com: 3 Stars

Scout.com: 3 Stars

Vitals: 6’0,” 183 pounds

Elston committed to Ole Miss on signing day, choosing the Rebels over LSU and Oklahoma State. He fills a huge need for Ole Miss as they badly need playmakers in the secondary. He could play either cornerback or safety at the next level. With a lack of returning depth, he’ll have the chance to play early for the Rebels.

Issac Gross

Defensive Tackle

Batesville (South Panola HS)

Rivals.com: 3 Stars

Scout.com: 3 Stars

Vitals: 6’3,” 270 pounds

Gross continues the South Panola-to-Ole Miss pipeline and is one of the top players in the state of Mississippi. While undersized for a defensive tackle, he makes up for it with a great first step and high motor. He chose Ole Miss over offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Southern Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas, among others.

Mike Hilton

Athlete

Tyrone, Ga. (Sandy Creek HS)

Rivals.com: 3 Stars

Scout.com: 3 Stars

Vitals: 5’9,” 175 pounds

An electric athlete and a possible sleeper in this class, Hilton could help Ole Miss at any number of positions. He could play running back, cornerback or in the slot as a receiver for the Rebels. Hilton chose Ole Miss over offers from Cincinnati, Kentucky, Mississippi State, North Carolina and Southern Mississippi.

Kenno Loyal

Running Back

Decatur, Ga. (Columbia HS)

Rivals.com: 3 Star

Scout.com: 3 Stars

Vitals: 5’10,” 234 pounds

Of the three running backs and the two athletes who could play running back, Loyal is the biggest back in this class. The only other big back on the roster is Nick Parker, so Loyal has a chance to come in and fill a niche role for the Rebels. He chose Ole Miss over offers from Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Penn State and Purdue, among others.

I’tavius Mathers

Running Back

Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Blackman HS)

Rivals.com: 4 Stars

Scout.com: 3 Stars

Vitals: 6’0,” 195 pounds

With the graduation of Brandon Bolden and Enrique Davis, Ole Miss badly needed to land a big-time running back in this class, and Mathers fits the bill. He earned Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year honors his junior season. As a senior, he rushed for over 2,000 yards and 27 touchdowns. He chose Ole Miss over a myriad of offers including Alabama, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Ben Still

Offensive Guard

Memphis, Tenn. (Memphis University School)

Rivals.com: 3 Stars

Scout.com: 3 Stars

Vitals: 6’4,” 295 pounds

One of the longest-tenured Ole Miss commitments, Still committed to the Rebels this past April. He is one of just four offensive linemen in this class, so he provides valuable depth at the position. He chose Ole Miss over offers from Memphis and Tulane.

Temario Strong

Linebacker

Batesville (South Panola HS)

Rivals.com: 3 Stars

Scout.com: 3 Stars

Vitals: 6’1,” 210 pounds

Strong is the other Ole Miss commitment from South Panola and projects to play outside linebacker at the college level after playing defensive end in high school. He played in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic and recorded 60 tackles and six sacks as a senior. While a bit undersized, even at linebacker, he possesses great speed, quickness and a high motor.

Jaylen Walton

Running Back

Memphis, Tenn. (Memphis Ridgeway HS)

Rivals.com: 3 Stars

Scout.com: 3 Stars

Vitals: 5’8,” 164 pounds

A pure speed back, Walton is a perfect complement to Mathers’ physical running style. As a senior, he rushed for over 2,500 yards and 33 touchdowns. He’ll also have a chance to play early in Oxford and seems like a great fit for Freeze’s offense. Walton chose Ole Miss over offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Penn State, among others.

Channing Ward

Defensive End

Aberdeen, Miss. (Aberdeen HS)

Rivals.com: 4 Stars

Scout.com: 5 Stars

Vitals: 6’4,” 250 pounds

Considered one of the best, if not the top player in the state of Mississippi, Ward recorded over 20 sacks during his senior campaign. Like Elston and Gross, he played in both the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic and the Under Armour All-American Game. During that game, he committed to Ole Miss over Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Mississippi State.

John Youngblood

Defensive End

Trussville, Ala. (Hewitt Trussville HS)

Rivals.com: 2 Stars

Scout.com: 2 Stars

Vitals: 6’5,” 230 pounds

Youngblood was committed to Central Florida until the day before signing day, when he flipped his commitment to Ole Miss. As a senior, he recorded over 130 tackles and six sacks. Freeze was recruiting Youngblood when he was coach at Arkansas State, and he chose the Rebels over offers from Arkansas State, Central Florida, Memphis, Troy and UAB.