Signing Day

4:43

Here’s the Freeze quote from his presser on DJ Law:

“That was another kind of mid-week decision that we had to make … whether we were going to go all out on him or stay in it with another guy that was very similar. We made the decision to go with D.J. We really fell in love with him on his trip here. He’s a kid from very humble backgrounds. He’s had several hardships in his life. I’m totally convinced that this kind wants to make something of himself. He’s got some academic challenges also because of the issues he faced as a ninth-grader. Hopefully he can overcome those and get with us this fall. We’re thrilled. You go watch his highlight tape, and you see a kid that’s a phenomenal talent.”

4:28

Hey folks, we’re not done yet. Ole Miss claims Haines City, Fla., athlete DJ Law as a signee. So does Utah. We’re awaiting clarification, but there’s video here of Law choosing a Utah hat at his presser. LINK

3:01

Hugh Freeze’s opening statement from his presser:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcTZuYPwPf0[/youtube]

2:59

Today’s updated list

Player Pos. City/School

D.K. Buford RB Lafayette Co.

Fahn Cooper OL College of Dupage/Crystal Lake, Ill.

Kendrick Doss* QB Florence, Ala.

Sammie Epps TE Greenwood

Victor Evans DE Dallas

Demarquis Gates LB Hampton, Ga.

C.J. Hampton* DB Meridian

Dayall Harris WR Jackson

Akeem Judd RB Georgia Military College

D.J. Law Ath. Haines City, Fla.

Garrald McDowell DT Covington, La.

Alvin Moore LB Bassfield

Calvin Moore Ath. Bassfield

Markell Pack WR Purvis

Tyler Putnam OL Southaven

Sean Rawlings OL Madison

Tee Shepard DB Holmes CC/Fresno, Calif.

Breeland Speaks DE Jackson

Rod Taylor OL Jackson

Kendarius Webster DB Stockbridge, Ga.

Chris Williams DT Tyrone, Ga.

Gary Wunderlich K Memphis

Fahn Cooper OL College of DuPage

Marquis Haynes* DE Fork Union Academy/Jacksonville, Fla.

Jeremy Liggins* Ath. Northeast CC/ Oxford

Christian Russell* LB East Mississippi CC/Fayetteville, N.C.

* – Currently enrolled

1:15

Setting up for the Freeze presser at 2. This is part of the Rebels’ fancy new digs.

Part of the NFL Hall just outside the new team meeting room.

Part of the NFL Hall just outside the new team meeting room.

12:31

Lafayette County coach Eric Robertson says he won’t be surprised to see former Lafayette star Jeremy Liggins have success no matter Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze decides to use him.

He believes, though, that Liggins – listed now at 6-foot-4, 295 pounds — is best suited for offense.

“Something about him when the ball is in his hands he just makes things happen.”

Robertson said he’s not had direct conversations with Ole Miss coaches regarding Liggins’ future.

“Those are just observations. Ole Miss really doesn’t have that big back, that’s just not coach (Hugh) Freeze’s philosophy, but they do have a big quarterback in short yardage, and it makes sense that Jeremy would be that short-yardage guy or at least get a shot at it.”

12:29

Ole Miss announced the signing of DB Tee Shepard at 12:07.

12:00

Lots of buzz for MSU commit Tee Shepard and what he’ll do. Will he flip to Ole Miss? Our man Logan Lowery, who covers MSU, says they’ve heard “not a peep” on their end.

11:42

Jordan Sims, a four-star guard from Birmingham, has announced for Ole Miss. He was considered strong for Ole Miss but had a great deal of interest in Alabama and Auburn, according to reports.

10:53

Some former John Vaught players entertain the crowd. From left, Jake Gibbs, Billy Ray Adams, Glynn Griffing, Art Doty and Mike Dennis.

Interesting recruiting story from Griffing, an All-American QB in 1962.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hT6KwbHEKg[/youtube]

10:43

Sounds like Momma wins out.

Jacques Doucet @JacquesDoucet

Plaquemine’s Davon Godchaux signs with “The University of LSU”. @LSUfball @WAFB pic.twitter.com/YAZLrNXSOE

10:42

While on the Davon Godchaux watch Dallas DL Victor Evans signed a few minutes ago.

10:40

Some Twitter traffic indicates possible Momma Drama for Plaquemine, La.’s, Davon Godchaux. I wonder if LSU leads the SEC in that category.

10:23

ATH Isaiah McKenzie has signed with Georgia, according to reports. Ole Miss was a finalist, as was Virginia Tech, and Georgia made a late push.

10:05

Seems to be some drama unfolding around four-star DE Davon Godchaux, an LSU commit. Word is he wants to sign with Ole Miss. He’s expected to announce at 10:30.

9:55

Malachi Dupre, the No. 1-rated WR, announces for LSU. Ole Miss was in the mix here. Dupre was one of four highly-ranked players from John Curtis to announce on ESPN. Interesting that the other three announced for Pac-12 schools.

9:53

Seven Ole Miss signees so far.

9:38

On ESPN CB Terrence Alexander of John Curtis High School in suburban New Orleans announces for Stanford.

9:36

Chuck Rounsaville of The Ole Miss Spirit shares a conversation he had with strength coach Paul Jackson about mid-year signee Jeremy Liggins.

Lighting in the video is poor, but the audio picks up well, and it’s an interesting story.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yf6HV3UY8Es[/youtube]

9:29

DL Breeland Speaks has signed.

9:20

Four-star DL Michael Sawyers has signed with Tennessee according to reports. He’s a former Vanderbilt commit, and Ole Miss was close to landing him.

Haven’t heard much on DT Chris Williams. A few notes here from his bio:

ESPN rates him a four-star prospect. He’s ranked the No. 38 player in Georgia. He had three sacks and nine tackles for loss in 2013 in spite of missing six games. Playing a full season as a junior he recorded 11 sacks and 17 tackles for loss. High school teammate of Ole Miss DB Mike Hilton.

9:10

This from Scout’s Jamie Newberg on Dacorious Law:

I see #rebels landed Haines City RB Dacorius Law. Tremendous player. Has work to do in classroom. Get him in and it’s a steal #ScoutNSD

The Ole Miss staff is hopeful he will qualify according to Yancy Porter of The Ole Miss Spirit.

9:00

Haines City, Fla., Athlete DJ Law, Bassfield twins Alvin and Calvin Moore and Tyrone, Ga., DT Chris Williams have signed.

Rebel Sports Radio broadcasting live at the QB Club event.

Rebel Sports Radio broadcasting live at the QB Club event.

 

8:35

LB Demarquis Gates, DB Kendarius Webster, K Gary Wunderlich, TE Sammie Epps, DL Garrald McDowell, WR Markell Pack, WR Dayall Harris, OL Rod Taylor, OL Sean Rawlings, OL Fahn Cooper, RB Akeem Judd, RB D.K. Buford all sent in their official papers during the drive from Tupelo.

8:30

Settling in here at the QB club signing day party at the convention center. Updates to come.

I am about to head to Oxford. In the meantime, here’s our advance on the Rebels’ class plus the commit list.

Player Pos. City/School

D.K. Buford RB Lafayette Co.

Kendrick Doss* QB Florence, Ala.

Sammie Epps TE Greenwood

Victor Evans DE Dallas

Demarquis Gates LB Hampton, Ga.

C.J. Hampton* DB Meridian

Dayall Harris WR Jackson

Akeem Judd RB Georgia Military College

Garrald McDowell DT Covington, La.

Alvin Moore LB Bassfield

Calvin Moore Ath. Bassfield

Markell Pack WR Purvis

Tyler Putnam OL Southaven

Sean Rawlings OL Madison

Breeland Speaks DE Jackson

Rod Taylor OL Jackson

Kendarius Webster DB Stockbridge, Ga.

Chris Williams DT Tyrone, Ga.

Gary Wunderlich K Memphis

Fahn Cooper OL College of DuPage

Marquis Haynes* DE Fork Union Academy

Jeremy Liggins* Ath. Northeast CC

Christian Russell* LB East Mississippi CC

* – Currently enrolled

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

Posted in Football, Recruiting
  • The Ghost of Col. Reb

    How’s that charging folks for the internet access working out for you guys? I don’t see but 2 ppl commenting on here….ever. In other news, OM signed a descent class, but zero 5 star players. You have to wonder if the playing field will ever be leveled. I say, no, because college football is a business. The players aren’t involved with how the business is run. However, the refs, the league, and ESPN have to keep those games dramatic to keep people tuned in. Interesting video I watched on youtube today detailing how the NFL rigs games. I’d say that College ball is no different. I can’t remember how many OM games I’ve watched where Alabama, Auburn, or LSU makes a dramatic comeback in the 4th quarter with a little help from the refs. Has anyone else ever witnesses the refs helping out one of the big money making teams? http://youtu.be/NEp4r2q9tTA

    • Parrish Alford

      Free couldn’t last forever Ghost. Not a good business model. Thanks for commenting.

      • The Ghost of Col. Reb

        True that PA, but there was a better, easier way. But, hey, you guys are the experts. Tell the puppeteers to think out of the box. It’s 2014 and news for sale is dead. Yahoo and other online services have basically put newspapers out of business. Now tell them boys to sell some 1 min or 30 second commercials to the car dealers. There are so many, much more practical ways to get paid. You guys have to get out of the paper age. Things don’t work the same way as they did 40 years ago, or 5 years ago for that matter. Your website is out of the 1990′s, no joke. (Bet that will p-$$ someone off. LOL!) But seriously, We all love the DJ, it just time to get with the current times.

    • UMBBFan

      I like the new pay scheme, it has really cut down on the number of stupid people posting. Of course, it has not reduced that number to zero.

      • http://insideolemisssports.com/ Parrish Alford

        It has cut down the drive-bys for sure, and that’s a positive. While the numbers of people commenting are down, the numbers of people reading are still strong. Understandably, some who were regulars for a long time aren’t around anymore. People make choices. I am interested in doing blog chats here. Any thoughts on that?

  • Missouri Rebel

    This years class seems to be looking good. Not as much high profile talent as last year but it looks like the coaching staff has done a great job addressing the positions where talent and depth are needed.

  • rebob

    Of course, Law signed with three schools so our odds of being one of them was good… what a mess.

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