There are currently five different five-star rated recruits in Oxford, Mississippi right now to check out the Ole Miss Rebels: LaQuon Treadwell, arguably the nation's #1 receiver who is a solid Ole Miss commit; Chris Jones, the top player in Mississippi and a current State commit; Tony Connor, a South Panola product who is one of the top safeties in America; Laremy Tunsil, the top offensive tackle in the country and a presumed Georgia lean; and Robert Nkemdiche, who I have no doubt you all are already quite familiar with.
Along with them are a slew of other blue-chip recruits, including cornerback David Kamara, tight end Arshad Jackson, brand new Ole Miss receiver commit Quincy Adeboyejo.
Undoubtedly this is the biggest weekend of the recruiting season Ole Miss has had to date and, if Treadwell's Twitter feed is any indicator, all signs point to it going very well.
Oxford turn up, let's get five 5Stars !— Laquon Treadwell (@SuccessfulQuon) January 26, 2013
Our favorite future rebel! @successfulquon @youdiggfigg twitter.com/alaina_630/sta…— Alaina Brodsky (@alaina_630) January 26, 2013
So, it turns out that undergraduate co-eds at SEC schools like SEC football players. Odd, huh?
"@quincya18: #HottyToddyI'm a Rebel baby" I brought him home— Laquon Treadwell (@SuccessfulQuon) January 26, 2013
#1 overall player and the #5 overall player, that sounds too good. Time to come home @aceboogie_001...— Laquon Treadwell (@SuccessfulQuon) January 25, 2013
Had a great conversation with Chris Jones father 🙊— Laquon Treadwell (@SuccessfulQuon) January 26, 2013
Oh did you?
Who can tell me these four ??? Hint 🌟 twitter.com/SuccessfulQuon…— Laquon Treadwell (@SuccessfulQuon) January 26, 2013
(Hint: It's the five-stars mentioned above minus Tunsil.)
One thing that cannot go unmentioned is the role that Nkemdiche (a foregone conclusion for probably a month now) and Treadwell seem to play in this recruiting success. One important thing to note is that so many of the guys they are hounding to commit along with them are guys they played with at the Under Armour All-American game. It seems that they developed relationships with their teammates and fully intend to use those relationships to bring their friends to Oxford with them.
In addition, when players of that caliber are legitimately interested in signing with Ole Miss, it adds a certain level of credibility to recruiting pitches, particularly those regarding the program's potential.
So, in a sense, LaQuon Treadwell and Robert Nkemdiche are Ole Miss' best recruiters.
I still can't help but be a bit overwhelmed by the recruiting excitement I've seen here and on social media. This is borderline EA Sports-level 'crootin for Ole Miss. As fans, we are certainly biased towards the offerings of Oxford and Ole Miss, but even then it is still exciting and surprising to see so many top-flight recruits who are genuinely excited about the possibility of being Rebels. Maybe that's just the WAOM-ness inside of all of us that causes our surprise, and I do think we all need to remind ourselves to temper our expectations a little bit, but for a change it is fun to be as confident and proud of Ole Miss football as we are right now.