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Four-star 2017 LB Willie Gay committed to Ole Miss.

Gay hails from Starkville, but he snubbed his hometown Bulldogs to commit to the Rebels. The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder checks into the ESPN 300 at No. 153, with the outlet noting that he possesses "an outstanding blend of size, speed and athleticism." They view his best fit being at outside linebacker in college, but note that he could play "several positions" after he joins the Rebels.
Jun 23 - 3:29 PM

Ole Miss freshman QB Shea Patterson threw four touchdowns against zero interceptions in the spring game.

"I thought Shea from week two until the end started to really pick things up," head coach Hugh Freeze said. "He has a really good football IQ and a good understanding of what we are trying to do." The 6-foot-2, 193-pound Patterson, an ace dual-threat prospect, was ranked by Rivals as the No. 1 quarterback and No. 3 overall recruit in the 2016 class. "I said in recruiting him that I thought he was the most college ready quarterback I’ve seen in my short college career," Freeze said. "His mechanics are really good and he understands the game. He’s fearless and confident."
Source: 247 Sports
Jun 18 - 12:32 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt predicted that Ole Miss freshman QB Shea Patterson will be the "[n]ext great college QB NFL teams will be moving up in the draft for."

It is unlikely we see Patterson take on a legitimate on-field role with the Rebs this season, as Chad Kelly is firmly entrenched at starter for 2016. Come 2017, though, the 6-foot-2, 193-pounder should have a real shot to compete for the starting job. A five-star prospect during this last recruiting cycle, Patterson ranked as Rivals' No. 3 overall player. Brandt's predictive prowess could prove accurate given the immense talent Patterson possesses, though projecting a college freshman that far into the future, before he has even taken a snap, can be a dangerous game to play.
Jun 8 - 1:01 PM

Last week, Ole Miss redshirt senior QB Chad Kelly posted an Instagram video of him throwing a ball 76 yards in the air.

The nephew of Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly has a howitzer. In fact, NFL Media recently named Kelly's arm the strongest in all of college football. The NFL is interested in that, and also in this: Last season, Kelly completed 64.9 percent of his throws outside the numbers. He had 35 completions of 20 or more yards on such throws. Both marks led all Power Five quarterbacks. If you're expecting Ole Miss' aerial attack to drop off with Laquan Treadwell now a Minnesota Viking, Kelly will have you singing a different tune come the fall.
Source: Instagram
Jun 2 - 3:30 PM

Ole Miss HC Hugh Freeze noted that the NCAA's Notice of Allegations did not contain any instance of his staff members offering out-of-bounds benefits to recruits.

"We’re not going to terminate a guy who makes a mistake and didn’t have any intent to go out and cheat," Freeze said at the SEC meetings. "There is no charge in these allegations of a staff member being involved in a payment or offering extra benefits. There’s none of that in there." Freeze declined to discuss former T Laremy Tunsil's controversial stint with the Rebels, but tried his best to otherwise take responsibility for the lengthy NCAA Notice of Allegations Ole Miss is currently facing. "That’s part of it when you’re the head coach. You take the good with the bad." The program has already implemented several measures of self-imposed sanction, including a reduction of 11 scholarships. They have also suspended a pair of unnamed assistants from recruiting.
Source: ESPN.com
May 31 - 6:00 PM

Ole Miss HC Hugh Freeze said that he would not discuss the case of former T Laremy Tunsil at this juncture.

"That's something I can't talk about right now because both sides are still looking into it," Freeze said, "but I feel confident with the report we do have from the NCAA that our staff is not involved in any purposeful breaking of the rules." Several texts from Tunsil asking for monetary assistance from off-field staffer John Miller were leaked onto social media at the start of the draft on April 28. The university has confirmed the authenticity of these texts -- Tunsil, himself, already admitted to asking for money in his first post-draft press conference. As for the rest of the NCAA's allegations, Freeze admitted to "making mistakes in recruiting," but insists that these were not outright attempts to cheat or game the system.
Source: ESPN.com
May 31 - 2:41 PM

Addressing the NCAA Notice of Allegations against Ole Miss, HC Hugh Freeze said that "there's a big difference between making mistakes in recruiting and going out there with the intent to cheat."

"I don't have any information that anybody on my staff has been involved in any illegal payments to players or offering any inducements to players," Freeze said, "and if I did have that information, I would fire them." Four of the eight Level 1 violations levied against Ole Miss by the NCAA allegedly occurred under Freeze's watch. He insisted no ill-intent. "Have we made mistakes in recruiting? Yes, and we've taken steps to make sure we don't make those same mistakes again. But to say me or anybody on my staff is out there cheating to gain advantage just isn't true."
Source: ESPN.com
May 31 - 12:11 PM

In response to the NCAA Notice of Allegations, Ole Miss has suspended two unnamed assistants from recruiting.

There is no further information as to the assistants in question who are facing these suspensions. In addition to those moves, Ole Miss has self-imposed a reduction of 11 scholarships, nine of which will be docked from recruiting classes over the next three years. The Rebels are desperately attempting to avoid NCAA sanctions in the face of eight allegations of serious Level 1 violations.
Source: SB Nation
May 27 - 3:03 PM

In response to the NCAA Notice of Allegations, Ole Miss has self-imposed a reduction of 11 scholarships.

The NCAA Notice of Allegations included allegations of recruiting violations and illegal contact from coaches to recruits, with eight of 13 violations levied against the football program considered to be "Level 1" violations -- those being the most serious. In response, Ole Miss is docking itself a total of 11 scholarships, including three initial scholarships for each of the next three recruiting classes. Additional sanctions from the NCAA could be coming down the pike.
Source: ESPN.com
May 27 - 2:11 PM

Ole Miss released the Notice of Allegations from the NCAA and the school's response on Friday.

One day after Baylor draws all of the media attention. USA Today's Dan Wolken summarized the release very well, nothing the allegations including recruiting inducements and illegal contact violations along with eight of the 13 violations aimed at the football program are considered Level 1, which is most serious. All in all there are 28 allegations levied against the school, and while Ole Miss agrees that violations occurred, they feel at least five are unwarranted and should be classified in a different manner. This story is far from over.
Source: Ole Miss
May 27 - 11:15 AM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang ranked Ole Miss redshirt senior QB Chad Kelly as the No. 10 overall senior prospect in the 2017 class.

"Dismissed by Clemson, Kelly comes with off-field questions," Rang wrote, "but his strong arm and bloodlines (nephew of Hall of Famer Jim Kelly) earns him our top spot among senior QBs." Anybody who has been crunching 2017 mock drafts would not be surprised by Rang's love -- he mocked Kelly to be the No. 2 overall pick and noted that he could "soar up draft boards with a big 2016 season."
Source: CBS Sports
May 19 - 3:40 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Ole Miss junior edge rusher Marquis Haynes No. 23 overall.

"He can get to the passer, but the question is whether he can add some size to that 6-foot-3 frame so that he can hold up better against blockers when he's not winning with quickness," Kiper wrote. Haynes has accrued 17.5 sacks across his first two seasons. In addition to bulk, Haynes' technique could use some work. The tools are exceptional.
Source: ESPN.com
May 17 - 4:22 PM

Ole Miss redshirt freshman WR Van Jefferson earned the team's "Eli Manning Award" this spring.

The Eli Manning Award (it is as weird for us to type that as it is for you to read it) is given to the player who showed the most offensive improvements during workouts. HC Hugh Freeze said of the 6-foot-2, 181-pounder, "Van is wired a little differently. He really understands what to do with the time he has and work. He really stood out." Jefferson was a consensus four-star recruit, with Rivals naming him the No. 13 receiving recruit for the 2015 cycle. The Rebs lost Laquon Treadwell and Cody Core to the draft, opening up plenty of chances for Jefferson to profit in what should be a high-scoring attack this autumn.
May 15 - 2:08 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang pegged Ole Miss redshirt senior QB Chad Kelly as the No. 2 overall pick in an early 2017 mock draft.

Rang ran his mock order using Vegas Super Bowl odds for the coming season. That No. 2 pick where he slots Kelly would belong to the 49ers using the Vegas metric. "Kelly -- the nephew of Hall of Famer Jim Kelly and not related to 49ers coach Chip Kelly -- possesses the arm and athleticism to be an ideal match in Chip's offense," the analyst wrote. "He comes with questions on and off the field, but he is an undeniable talent that could soar up draft boards with a big 2016 season." The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder is one of just three gunslingers Rang sees coming off the board in round one, at least at this juncture. The other two gentlemen in question are Clemson's Deshaun Watson (whom he slots to the Browns at No. 1) and Miami's Brad Kaaya (whom he slots to the Vikings at No. 23). This is all tentative and will undoubtedly shift over the coming months.
Source: CBS Sports
May 14 - 2:54 PM

Former Syracuse freshman DE Qaadir Sheppard will transfer to Ole Miss.

Sheppard announced his transfer destination on Friday via an Instagram post. The 6-foot-3, 233-pound freshman was suspended from Syracuse for the final three games in 2015 due to a reported pair of failed drug tests and was subsequently dismissed in February. He visited Ole Miss in early March. With the transfer, he will have to sit out the 2016 campaign. Last season, he accumulated minimal statistical production over his nine games, registering a singular tackle and singular interception.
May 14 - 2:22 PM


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