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Rebel Roundup - February 4, 2013

Ole Miss Rebel News and Notes looks at basketball and, you guessed it, 'crootin.


No. 4 Florida vs. No. 16 Ole Miss final score: Gators send Rebels to second straight loss, 78-64 |
The No. 16 Ole Miss Rebels won't be that for much longer, as they have lost two in a row. Thankfully, neither loss could count as a bad one, and the Rebs are still very much in the picture for an NCAA berth. We've just gotta take care of business from here on out and see where we wind up. And, of course, props to Florida who, really, should do no worse than a two-seed in March.

Is Chris Jones at Ole Miss or Mississippi State? Yes |
Stories like this are why I really, really wish college football had an early signing period. Chris Jones, arguably the best player in the state of Mississippi this year, is a blue chip defensive end who was, for a long while, committed to Mississippi State. This weekend, he and his family were spotted in both Oxford and Starkville, and seemingly every burg and hamlet there-between. Maybe he's really just trying to make up his mind, or maybe he's just trying to milk his recruitment for all its worth, but regardless of Chris Jones and his intentions, there are a lot of people on both sides of this rivalry hanging on his every move and parsing apart every detail necessary to craft a favorable narrative. It's frustrating but, ultimately, it's fun. If I were Chris, I too would make sure to get my visits in, have fun, and make whatever decision feels right - whatever that means.

Jarran Reed no longer committed to Ole Miss | Mississippi Recruiting Report
A four-star defensive tackle out of East Mississippi CC, Jarran Reed is no longer committed to Ole Miss, and will probably sign with Alabama. Oh well.

Former Auburn commit Jordan Wilkins chooses Ole Miss |
Auburn flipped bruiser back and Georgia native, Peyton Barber, away from his long-standing Ole Miss commitment and into the Auburn fold. We retaliated in kind, flipping four-star back Jordan Wilkins from Auburn to Ole Miss. Really, it was the closest thing to an offseason trade you're going to see in college football.

Bruce Feldman's Mailbag on Ole Miss' Stunning Recruiting Success | CBS Sports
Even the author of Meat Market, who spent a year in Oxford shadowing Ed Orgeron on his recruiting game, can't fathom just how good this class might end up.

Meet the 2013 PARADE All-America Football Team! |
To put the "stunning" nature of this recruiting class in perspective, Ole Miss could conceivably close with three Parade All-Americans and two Parade Honorable Mentions. We are literally getting a foot in the door with recruits that could conceivably play wherever they damn well pleased. Signing day can't get here soon enough, y'all.