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Ole Miss Earns Commitment from Gulfport Defensive Back Jordus Smith

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The standout defensive back is likely a sign-and-place prospect.

Joe Robbins

Jordus Smith, a 6'1", 180 pound defensive back from Gulfport High School, committed to the Ole Miss Rebel coaching staff this week. Smith was a relative unknown up until this point - 247Sports does not have him ranked or evaluated as a prospect - but he did finish an impressive junior campaign with four interceptions and nine passes broken up last season. He also saw time as a receiver and on special teams at Gulfport.

One reason that Smith hasn't been evaluated as a prospect is because he is likely a sign-and-place recruit per the Clarion-Ledger. His academic house isn't in order enough for him to enroll directly at Ole Miss, so he'll have to spend time in Junior College to earn enough transferrable credits to gain NCAA eligibility. Ideally, that will also allow him to develop his talents and hone his game, hopefully making him an SEC-ready defensive back once he arrives in Oxford.

This also means that, while committing and singing an LOI for this class, Smith won't count towards the scholarship numbers in 2015. Later this week (or later today, Juco), we'll have more on these numbers and how they shake out.