The weekend was obviously fantastic for recruiting, with nearly 400 prospects in attendance to see the Rebels defeat the Crimson Tide. It isn't only measurable in theory though, as Denzel Mitchell, rated by the 247 Sports composite as the #50 player overall and #3 running back, committed to the Rebels.
Mitchell recently moved from Arkansas to Alabama, and he is already somewhat of a hot commodity. Arkansas and Tennessee have offered, with many more to come. A number of Ole Miss fans have been hoping for a power back, and while Denzel isn't huge, he is listed at 5'11" 200 pounds. Obviously, that's no Derrick Henry, but he has some punch to his game.
The 2016 class is shaping up to be phenomenal, with four commitments already ranked within the top 105, according to the 247 composite.
The Rebels will be losing a number of high caliber players, via graduation or early entry into the draft, so that class is pivotal. It appears that Freeze and staff are well on their way to making it a little easier to handle such substantial losses on the roster. Any way you stack it, that first season without the fantastic four (or five if Engram goes pro early as well) will be tough, but having another group of heralded freshmen after two solid classes makes that transition much more do-able.
When Denzel Mitchell arrives on campus, Jaylen Walton and I'Tavius Mathers will have just graduated, and there should be snaps to be had. The Rebels have talent at the position and were already bringing in more, but I'm not going to complain about having another highly thought of running back on the roster.