Four-star wide receiver Van Jefferson, whose signature has long thought to be a 50-50 battle between Ole Miss and Georgia, tweeted his decommitment from the Bulldogs on Wednesday. But the news isn't necessarily great for Hugh Freeze: the decommitment came right after a trip to Oklahoma and, according to Berton Simmons of 247Sports, the Sooners may now be on top of the leaderboard.
"Sources have indicated that Jefferson's visit to OU over the weekend blew him away and he had a great in-home with Bob Stoops on Monday night," reports Simmons. "... Many have seen Jefferson's recruitment as a Ole Miss-Georgia battle but Oklahoma's January push is going to be tough for either program to beat."
The U.S. Army All-American will be in Oxford this weekend for the big recruiting weekend. With Georgia seemingly on the outside looking in at this point and Oklahoma without a receivers coach, Jefferson being in attendance unofficially this weekend is no doubt fantastic news for Freeze and Co.
With Oklahoma and Georgia both possessing very talented running backs that are both returning next season, the potential to come in to the Rebels' offense and challenge for playing time and touches early should be very enticing to the 6'2, 183-pound receiver.
4-star Tega suffers devastating injury
The name might not ring a bell, but one of the fatest rising stars this crootin season has been the insanely-athletic giant defensive end that is Prince Tega Wanogho Jr. The 6'8, 250-pound Nigerian has become an important target for just about everyone as he holds 19 offers and has been a sight to see. The physical specimen's athletic career will be placed on hold for now as he suffered a gruesome lower leg injury in an Edgewood Academy basketball game Tuesday night.
The recently reclassified senior who moved to Alabama last August to play basketball had a distal tibia/fibula fracture. According to TideSports.com's Andrew Bone, Tega underwent surgery today and was visited by Lil Flip himself. Bone also stated that Tega is looking to be fully recovered by May due to the break being a clean one. John Talty of AL.com reports probably the most important thing other than Tega's health, every single school that has offered him will honor that scholarship despite the injury. The Rebels got into the game a little late with the defensive end, but will be pursuing with vigor as they look to replace C.J. Johnson, Fadol Brown and Robert Nkemdiche in the coming years.
Another Lone Star connection?
Four-star receiver DaMarkus Lodge has been one of the most important potential parts to Ole Miss' crootin class this season and he is finally going to be in Oxford officially this weekend. The former Texas A&M commit embarrassed opposing defenses all fall for 6A state champion Cedar Hill in Texas and looks poised to do the same at the next level. An impressive week in Florida for the Under Armour All-American Game has improved his stock and reaffirmed what everyone thinks about the 6-3, 190-pound receiver: he's really freaking good.
Most believe he is an Ole Miss lean due to his close friendship with current Rebel, Quincy Adeboyejo, who also attended Cedar Hill High School. But there are sudden rumblings in Austin, Texas after Lodge made a surprise visit to the Longhorns this week.
3-star Julius down to five
It's been a long and winding road for cornerback Jalen Julius, but now he's narrowed it down to five teams and seems content. The 5'10, 170-pound athlete from West Orange, Fla. was originally committed to Florida, but after Muschamp failed to turn it around and was eventually fired, Julius decided to start looking around again and decommitted in July. After officially visiting Notre Dame on the 16th, he will be in Oxford this weekend to take in what life might be like if he decides to become an Ole Miss Rebel.
In an interview with the Orlando Sentinel's Chris Hays, Julius said that the Rebels show him the most love and stated the recent success in Oxford has caught his eye. With the Irish already hosting Julius last weekend and the Rebels getting their turn this weekend, Louisville, Missouri and Texas A&M are the other finalists for the speedster from the Sunshine state.
3-star Custis wants to see the Grove
Another new name to pay attention to this weekend is Alabama commit Montrell Custis. Custis is another big, physical defensive back that Dave Wommack covets and he is showing more and more interest in the Rebels. The 6'0, 175-pounder possesses great ball skills and he also plays receiver for Lovejoy High School in Hampton, Ga. Custis excels in man coverage and can utilize his 4.45 speed once he gets the ball in his hands. Despite being committed to the Tide, he is showing others interest as he has already visited Kentucky.
Maintaining the Florida pipeline
From CeCe Jefferson to Jalen Julius, the Ole Miss coaching staff has been busy on the Panhandle and crootin hard. Via Twitter, the Rebs also saw four-star wide receiver target Ryan Davis this week as well. Don't believe me? Here is Hugh Freeze talking about it on Fox News:
The Cup will be keeping you up-to-date as much as possible during this weekend's wild and crazy crootin party. Happy Insane End of January period.