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Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde reports that in the investigation of Ole Miss regarding potential violations, the NCAA has spoken to at least two recruits from other SEC schools.

The NCAA is interested in how, exactly, Ole Miss is going about their recruiting. Per Forde, the governing body has spoken with former Reb targets at both Auburn and Mississippi State. Ole Miss declined comment on the new report, but did say that they were cooperating with the inquiry. They were already facing allegations of 28 violations across three sports -- 13 in football. Much of the earlier portion of the investigation (at least in terms of Freeze's regime) focused on former T Laremy Tunsil, but the NCAA is broadening their net just a little.
Aug 25 - 3:45 PM

Ole Miss redshirt junior RB Jordan Wilkins will miss the 2016 regular season after being deemed academically ineligible.

Apparently Ole Miss tried to appeal the decision, stating they were responsible due to an administrative error, but the NCAA did not back down. Ole Miss is taking full responsibility, but Wilkins will still be sidelined for the second time in the last four years. Last season, Wilkins carried the ball 72 times for 379 yards and four touchdowns.
Aug 18 - 11:03 AM

The Clarion-Ledger's Daniel Paulling reports that Ole Miss junior S C.J. Moore underwent surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle over the weekend.

Per Paulling, the surgery and subsequent rehabilitation time could sideline Moore for the entirety of the 2016 campaign. A three-star recruit out of high school, the 5-foot-11, 193-pounder initially joined the Rebels as a quarterbacking and linebacking prospect before making the switch to safety. True freshman Myles Hartsfield, who Moore was backing up, is expected to start at strong safety for the coming campaign.
Aug 15 - 12:28 PM

Ole Miss four-star 2017 verbal LB commit Willie Gay will take official visits to Michigan, Florida State, Mississippi State, Florida and Ole Miss.

While Gay remains committed to Ole Miss' cause, nothing wrong with the heart wandering just a bit. The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder will take in Michigan on October 22, Florida State on October 29, Mississippi State on November 5 and Florida on November 12. Rebs HC Hugh Freeze and company will have the final opportunity to make a lasting impression on the speedy, athletic linebacker and will receive his official visit on November 26. 247Sports' composite ranking slots Gay as the No. 11 outside linebacking prospect in the country.
Aug 9 - 3:37 PM

Ole Miss freshman RB Justin Connor has left the program.

Connor’s high school head coach said he will enroll at East Mississippi Community College. If you're as obsessed with Netflix's "Last Chance U" as we are, you know all about the EMCC talent factory. The 5-foot-10, 183-pound Connor ranked as ESPN's No. 287 overall prospect in this past class. A four-star RB out of the prep ranks, the Rebels had planned to convert Connor into a cornerback before he bolted.
Source: 247Sports
Aug 6 - 4:17 PM

Though Mississippi redshirt freshman RB Eric Swinney starred this spring, he enters fall camp third on the depth chart.

Standing ahead of him in the pecking order is junior Jordan Wilkins and senior Akeem Judd. Swinney was expected to contribute immediately to the team’s running game as a true freshman last season, but he suffered a stress fracture that forced him to sit the year out. We're probably looking at a three-man rotation when all is said and done. "I think all of our guys, they're all up over 200 pounds now, and they all have certain things, but [Swinney] seems to finish runs with a certain amount of authority for sure that we might not have seen so much of in the past," HC Hugh Freeze said. "I've always felt like if he gets healthy he has a chance to be a special kid."
Source: SB Nation
Jul 29 - 5:04 PM

Ole Miss redshirt senior QB Chad Kelly boasts "effortless velocity to fire strikes to every level of the field," notes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Brugler praised Kelly's "NFL arm strength," with a "follow-through motion to add extra RPMs on throws and fit the football into tight windows." The analyst noted that while Kelly has average height, he is well put together and athletic, leading his team with 10 rushing touchdowns in 2015. "Although he has the arm strength to get away with snap throws without setting his base, his accuracy tends to suffer due to his inconsistent mechanics and release technique," Brugler wrote. Brugler added that Kelly has "several background issues" that have caused the NFL to question his "maturity and coachability, issues that will be fully vetted between now and next spring." Brugler predicts that Kelly will be a "hotly debated prospect for the 2017 class."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 26 - 4:47 PM

Ole Miss freshman DE Charles Wiley was arrested on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge.

Wiley was arrested and taken to the Lafayette County Jail on Monday night. The exact circumstance that led to the 6-foot-3, 235-pounder's arrest are not yet known. Ole Miss HC Hugh Freeze said in a statement, "Charles is being withheld from all team activities while the process moves forward. We take incidents like this very seriously and will make decisions once the course of action is complete." Wiley was a four-star recruit for the 2016 cycle and stood as ESPN 300's No. 252 prospect in that class.
Jul 26 - 1:56 PM

Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com says Ole Miss redshirt senior QB Chad Kelly "has a lot of similarities to Jay Cutler: big arm, aggressive nature, above-average athlete."

While he saw many commonalities, the analyst believes Cutler "showed more poise under pressure" while he was at Vanderbilt than Kelly has developed to this point. "Kelly has an unquenchable thirst for the big play," Jeremiah wrote. "He loves to attack down the field and that leads to big plays as well as turnovers." Kelly, the nephew of Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, is listed by the school at 6-foot-2, 224 pounds. Some thinks he's closer to 6-foot-1, but Jeremiah isn't concerned by that specific technicality. "Kelly has ideal size, arm strength and toughness," he wrote. "He is a big, sturdy pocket passer with a huge arm. He generates a lot of torque from his lower half and has the velocity on his throws to fit balls into very tight windows down the field."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 22 - 7:08 PM

Ole Miss redshirt senior QB Chad Kelly said "I'm the best quarterback in the nation."

"I want to be remembered as the greatest quarterback that ever played," Kelly said. You don't know Swag Kelly if you think he stopped there. There was a shot left to take at his former school, Clemson, whose own QB Deshaun Watson had been relegated to no better than the second-best signal-caller in the nation by noted evaluator Swag Kelly earlier in the conversation. A reported asked about playing at LSU. Swag's response: "I'm excited to get down there to the real Death Valley to see how loud it is. The real Death Valley with 100,000." Last year, Swag, a 6-foot-1, 210-pounder, threw for 4,042 yards with a 31/13 TD/INT ratio and led the Rebels to a 10-3 record and a top-10 passing offense finish.
Source: ESPN
Jul 14 - 5:44 PM

Ole Miss HC Hugh Freeze said that "obviously we could [have done better in regards to keeping a clean recruiting ship]."

"We will learn from where we made mistakes, of course, but there's a lot of things we did right [in recruiting] also," Freeze noted. Nine of the 13 allegations levied against the Ole Miss football program by the NCAA were said to have occurred under Freeze's watch. "I can tell you I have absolute zero interest in cutting corners for success," he said. "I have a lot of failures and a lot of stuff that's not real great ... but me wanting to cut corners is not one of them." He indicated that he does not believe "any coach at our level" has complete control of what his players and staff are doing off the field.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 14 - 3:49 PM

Ole Miss redshirt senior QB Chad Kelly indicated that the team is shooting for a 15-0 record in 2016.

"15-0, SEC championship and national championship," replied Kelly when asked what would constitute a successful campaign. The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder isn't particularly worried about the losses of the likes of DL Robert Nkemdiche, T Laremy Tunsil or WR Laquon Treadwell. To the contrary. "I think we have a lot more weapons than we did last year. As long as those young guys come around and play without thinking," Kelly said, "I think we’ll be very good." The Rebs were close last season and stood as the only team to take down Alabama in 2015. They were also blown out by the offensive juggernaut that is Florida and dropped a key October contest to Memphis, though, which prevented them from a legitimate shot at the Playoff. Kelly's hope for a clean 2016 faces several immediate hurdles just in terms of schedule. Two of their first three games come against Florida State (Monday, September 5) and Alabama (September 17).
Source: SEC Country
Jul 14 - 2:12 PM

Ole Miss redshirt senior QB Chad Kelly told reporters at SEC Media Days that if he had to choose a lead wideout for 2016, it would be redshirt junior WR Damore'ea Stringfellow.

Kelly not only tabbed Stringfellow as the team's No. 1 receiver, he said that the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder "could be the next Laquon [Treadwell], if not better." So much for managing the expectations game. ESPN's Travis Haney wrote in January that Stringfellow could evolve into a primary receiver this coming season, though, so it isn't like Kelly is just talking sideways. In 2015, Stringfellow notched 36 catches for 503 yards and a quintet of scores. He transferred from Washington to Ole Miss prior to the start of the 2014 season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 14 - 1:15 PM

Ole Miss HC Hugh Freeze received a letter from former T Laremy Tunsil in mid-June.

"There was a sweetness to [Tunsil's letter], but I knew that's who he was. He's a good kid, has a good heart," Freeze said. The coach offered his reaction to the star tackle's tumultuous draft night. "When that first episode happened with Laremy, he's like your child. When my child makes a mistake, I don't run from it. I don't hide from it," Freeze explained. "I certainly don't approve of the mistakes that were always made, but you're not going to stop loving them." Of more pressing import, Freeze would not comment on the NCAA's notice of allegations against the university, but said that Alabama HC Nick Saban, LSU HC Les Miles Auburn HC Gus Malzahn and Baylor interim HC Jim Grobe have all reached out to him with words of support.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 12 - 1:10 PM

Ole Miss three-star 2017 LB Josh Clarke indicated that he plans on bringing a championship to Oxford.

"We want the national championship at Ole Miss," Clarke told 247Sports. "Willie [Gay] and I plan to lead the defense in getting that." Gay is a four-star linebacker, also part of the 2017 class. Scout.com -- who ranks Clarke as the No. 40 outside linebacking prospect in the country -- notes that the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder "plays with energy and intensity" and that "[h]e chases the ball down and he can step up and meet the running back head on."
Source: SEC Country
Jul 4 - 3:23 PM


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