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Ole Miss has received the response to their appeal of sanctions from the NCAA's Committee on Infractions.

Ole Miss sent in their appeal to the governing body in February. While they've now received the NCAA's response, the specifics have not yet been released. Among the sanctions levied which they are trying to reverse, a bowl ban for 2018 as well as a limit on official recruiting visits. The Rebels are attempting to argue that the COI has "abused its discretion" with what's being brought against them as punishment. It should be noted that while the eligibility waiver requested by Michigan QB Shea Patterson very much ties into the alleged shady doings at Ole Miss -- he and other transferring Rebs claim they were misled by former HC Hugh Freeze -- the outcome of this sanctions appeal will not impact the signal-caller's own case one way or another.
Apr 20 - 3:20 PM

Ole Miss received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 ATH Diwun Black.

Black (6'3/210) is another big get for the Ole Miss class. He ranks 31st on ESPN's list of the top 300 prospects in 2019, and 71st overall on 247 Sports composite rankings. He could play either at wide receiver or defensive back at the next level, but many project him on the defensive side of the football because of his size and athleticism. Whatever position he plays, he's a potential impact player. This could be a special class for the Rebels.
Apr 10 - 9:44 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Ole Miss DT Breeland Speaks to Detroit Lions DL Ricky Jean-Francois.

Speaks (6'3/285) had a breakout season in 2017, finishing with seven sacks and 67 tackles while making the All-SEC team. Zierlein notes his positives being his athleticism and versatility, but that he needs to improve his pad level and quickness. A team convinced that his 2017 season was for real could draft Speaks on Day 2, and if not he'll likely be off the board early on Day 3.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 9 - 7:52 PM

Ole Miss received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 QB Grant Tisdale.

Tisdale (6'1/190) took an unofficial visit to the Rebs last weekend, one which went off like gangbusters. While the dual-threat gunslinger out of Allen, Texas, is not necessarily the most athletic of quarterback prospects -- ESPN notes average foot-speed and arm strength -- he does have something of a magician quality to his game. One of his clear upside attributes comes in his ability to make plays on the fly when the action is devolving around him. Team recruiting rankings are incredibly fluid at this early juncture, but on Rivals, Ole Miss currently houses the No. 4 class for the 2019 cycle, trailing only Michigan, Miami and leader-of-the-pack Georgia. We'd expect the Rebs to drop off a bit from that mark over the coming months -- it's buoyed by quantity over quality, with eight of 11 commits three-star prospects -- but we're very encouraged by what the program's done with relatively limited resources since Matt Luke took over as head coach for Hugh Freeze.
Source: Rivals
Apr 6 - 7:38 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Mississippi RB Jordan Wilkins to Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones.

Zierlein begins his report of Wilkins by stating that he "checks all the height, weight and speed" boxes, so that's a promising start. He also mentions that he "has sudden, one-cut ability with the juice to launch himself through line of scrimmage and into the open field." The concerns are fairly damning, however, as Zierlein essentially calls Wilkins a soft runner, and that he doesn't make much of an effort in pass protection. His skill set could make him a potential steal in Day 3, but there's a lot of risk to go along with the reward.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 12 - 7:53 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes that teams are "sleeping on" Ole Miss edge-rusher Marquis Haynes.

Haynes was one of the most productive pass-rushers in the SEC over the last four years, accumulating 32 sacks in his four years with the Rebels. Despite this, the 6-foot-foot-3, 230-pound edge-rusher has seen mostly late-round grades from analysts, and Pauline said that teams have similar opinions. He feels that a mistake. "In my opinion, people are sleeping on Haynes," Pauline writes. "While he wasn’t consistent in college, he displayed flashes of big-time ability and really stepped it up during the Senior Bowl. A good coach will turn Haynes into a productive next-level starter." There's still time left for Haynes to change teams minds, and if he performs well at the combine and his pro day, that along with his productivity in college should help his stock rise.
Feb 25 - 11:40 AM

Pro Football Focus named Ole Miss RB Jordan Wilkins as one of the running backs in the draft class that can help in the pass game as a professional.

Wilkins was third among FBS draft-eligible running backs in yards-after-catch with 13.4, showing his ability to make tacklers miss in the open field. He's not the fastest player in the class -- most expect him to run a 40-yard dash in the upper 4.5's -- but he has soft hands, and he has shown shiftiness despite his 6-foot-1, 215-pound size. He's also powerful, so he's not easy for linebackers or defensive backs to bring down. PFF also notes that he was excellent as a blocker; with his 85.2 grade as a pass blocker ranking fourth-best among draft-eligibles.
Feb 24 - 8:17 PM

Ole Miss is appealing NCAA sanctions which they believe are excessive in relation to previous cases.

Specifically, the Rebels are appealing the governing body's bowl ban for 2018 and its limit on unofficial recruiting visits. Ole Miss self-imposed a bowl ban for the 2017 season and views the 2018 ban as excessive, specifically citing potential monetary losses that would come with the second ban. The school's written appeal of the sanctions claims that the NCAA's Committee on Infractions "abused its discretion" with some of the penalties levied, here. The COI will have 30 days to respond to the appeal -- initially filed on Feb. 5 -- at which point Ole Miss will have two weeks to issue a rebuttal.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 15 - 2:32 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes Ole Miss DT Breeland Speaks will be a good pro at the next level.

Pauline does offer a caution that he wants to see the true measurements of Speaks, who is listed at 6-foot-3, 313-pounds. Still, Pauline believes that he offers versatility, and that will help him at the NFL level. "The Ole Miss junior is explosive and athletic and gets a lot of penetration behind the line of scrimmage," he writes. "When I look at his build and skills, I see a three-technique tackle or possible two-gap end."
Feb 12 - 2:28 PM

Mississippi received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 CB Jalen Jordan.

Jordan made a visit to the school over the weekend, and apparently liked what he saw. He ranks 36th on the 247 Sports list of top cornerbacks for the class, and 423rd overall. Ole Miss was his only offer, but it sounds like Jordan is a bit of a late bloomer in the class, so his recruitment could be picking up as we get closer to the 2018 season.
Source: 247 Sports
Feb 12 - 1:42 PM

Ole Miss received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 WR Miles Battle.

Battle commits to Ole Miss over Oregon, and this could be considered a minor upset. He visited both schools recently, and many analysts believed he'd sign on with the Ducks. Barring a change of heart in the next 48 hours, that won't happen. He ranks 56th on the list of wideouts by 247 Sports, and makes their top 500 prospect list as well. He could be an immediate contributor to the Ole Miss offense, and he also reportedly excels as a returner. A good get for Matt Luke and company, to be sure.
Source: Oregon Live
Feb 5 - 6:35 PM

Ole Miss signed 2018 four-star JUCO redshirt junior DL Noah Jefferson.

The 6-foot-4, 330-pounder spent two years at USC before transferring down to the JUCO ranks with Arizona Western College last year. Jefferson chose the Rebels over his three finalists of Florida, Arkansas and Arizona.
Source: ESPN
Feb 1 - 10:12 PM

Four-star 2018 JUCO junior RB Scott Phillips signed with Ole Miss.

Phillips (5'9/200) is the No. 1 JUCO running back in the nation. Mississippi State, LSU and Miami were a few of the schools the Rebels fended off to land his signature. Coming out of high school, Phillips was lightly recruited. After dominating at Jones County Junior College for two seasons, he was one of the more highly sought-after backs in his class. "I know I'm going to have to come in and compete for a job," Phillips said over the summer. "[Coach Derrick] Nix said he loves my running style. ... I can catch the ball out of the backfield, I run downhill and I feel like I'll be a great asset to balance out the running and passing game at Ole Miss." Phillips is enrolled for the spring, so he'll be able to compete for touches immediately. "He is a powerful, tough and elusive runner," noted an ESPN scouting report. "His ability to stop burst, accelerate and hit top end speed makes him an outstanding RB."
Source: ESPN
Jan 29 - 10:39 PM

Sporting News writer Thomas Lott mentions Ole Miss edge-rusher Marquis Haynes as a player who had a strong Senior Bowl.

Haynes had one of the biggest plays of the game, stripping Nebraska's Tanner Lee on a sack that was picked up by UTSA's Marcus Davenport and returned for a touchdown. "Haynes is undersized at 6-3, 230 pounds, but he has a great first step and showed it off when he beat Army offensive tackle Brett Toth off the right side," Lott writes. His lack of size is certainly going to hurt his draft stock, but his productivity (32 sacks in his four years at Ole Miss) will definitely help.
Jan 27 - 10:49 PM

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell passes along that Ole Miss edge rusher Marquis Haynes had a wobbly Tuesday practice at the Senior Bowl.

Per Campbell, twas a bit of a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde day for Haynes to open the practice week. On the positive side of the ledger, the analyst notes that the 6-foot-2, 233-pounder showed off a stout (if undersized) frame and that his strength is noticeable on the field. But here comes Mr. Hyde, with Campbell writing that "the offensive linemen seemed to wear Haynes down as they started having success pushing him out of his gap." The question here would be durability, an obvious question mark if he's to see consistent work against the physical elite in the NFL. Campbell views Haynes as a potential situational pass-rusher at the next level, a view which we largely agree with. He'll be in the late Day 3 mix come April.
Jan 24 - 5:30 PM


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