Three-star Rasool Clemons has committed to Ole Miss, according to Ben Garrett of the Ole Miss Spirit. The 6'6, 212-pound defensive end out of Aiken, S.C. will be looked upon to add more depth to Chris Kiffin's defensive line corps that has blossomed into an integral part of the Landshark defense.
Clemons is a tall, rangy defender who can disrupt passing lines with his stature and also hold the edge with his wingspan in order to cause problems in the run game. He possesses impressive speed (4.68 40-yard dash) that will assist in beating offensive lineman off the ball and getting to the quarterback. He shows tremendous upside on film as he is an athletic specimen who has the tools to be sharpened by Kiffin and Paul Jackson in the strength and conditioning program.
The most intriguing part about Clemons is his scholarship offer list. It's damn impressive. A former UVA commit, Rasool had offers from Florida State (#TALKINBOUTTHENOLES), South Carolina, Miami (Fla.), Clemson, Tennessee and Kentucky. This obviously shows that other programs believe that he can be an impact player at the next level. Most importantly, this is another example of Freeze going up against those programs and winning. Again.
How he fits in
Look for Clemons and strength coach Paul Jackson to get to know each other really well in the coming years. Although his weight jumps out at you as a little bit on the slender side for a defensive lineman, he has a great frame to build on. I also look for Marquis Haynes to take him under his wing and teach him the tools of the trade as they are very similar athletes.
In my opinion, he will most definitely see a redshirt year to get accustomed to the program that Coach Jackson has laid out for past incoming freshmen and will reap the benefits. Also, the redshirt is not necessarily a knock on Clemons, but a testament to the ridiculous depth that Chris Kiffin has on the DL now. Clemons is a great pick-up for the Rebels and is continuing the trend for Freeze to build that Ole Miss brand nationwide.