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Ole Miss recruiting 2016: Benito Jones bulldozes way into playoffs

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As the playoffs begin around the country, we take a look at the Ole Miss Rebel croots on the defensive side of the ball who have been terrorizing offenses all season long.

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Five-star defensive tackle Benito Jones of Waynesboro, Miss. has been a handful for just about everyone in the Magnolia State this fall. The 6'1, 275-pound star from Wayne County High School has used his brute strength and sneaky quickness to get into opposing backfields and make offensive coordinator's lives miserable. Despite losing their season finale to Laurel 19-13, the War Eagles will host Picayune (Miss.) this week in the first round of the playoffs.

Jones will be leading the way on the defensive side of the football for Wayne County as he looks to pick up where he left off last week as he collected seven solo tackles in the hard-fought loss to the Tornadoes from Laurel. So far on the season, Jones has 57 tackles and four sacks. As alluded to before, Jones is a disruptive force in the middle for WCHS and despite being somewhat undersized, he is extremely active up front. Most national recruiting analysts say that if he was a few inches taller he would probably be a top 20 player in the country. This speaks volumes of the talent that he possesses and will bring to Oxford, Miss. next fall.

Next game: Friday, November 13th, 7:00 p.m. CT vs Picayune (Miss.)

4-star Charles Wiley, DE

Speaking of disruptive forces, four-star Charles Wiley has been a small truck in the trenches for the Stockbridge (Ga.) defense. The 6'2, 240-pound defensive end has helped lead the Stockbridge Tigers to a 10-0 record and a first round playoff matchup against the Columbus (Ga.) Blue Devils. In last week's win over previously unbeaten Northgate (Ga.), Wiley and his fellow defenders held the Vikings to two points as he was responsible for four solo tackles. Coming into the contest against Wiley's defense, Northgate's Wing-T offense was averaging over 400 yards per game. This fall, Wiley has collected 23 tackles, 17 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss. Wiley is one of the sneaky talents in this 2016 class and could be one to surprise a lot of folks next season and years to come in Oxford. The No. 11 weak side defensive end in the country is one of those croots who is excited to be a Rebel and is an active recruiter for Hugh Freeze and Co.

Next game: TBA

4-star Jaylon Jones, S

The four-star safety and his fellow Allen (Tex.) Eagle teammates made quick work of Plano East (Tex.) last week as they cruised to a 58-23 win. Jones has been one of the key cogs on an Allen defense that hasn't given up more than 28 points in a game this season and is carrying a 10-0 record into the playoffs this week. Despite not putting up gaudy numbers due to the Eagles blowing out mostly everyone this season, Jones finds ways to make a difference in the kicking game. He is a dangerous return specialist in the punt and kickoff return game and he made his presence felt this past week. Jones took a kickoff from Plano East 89-yards to the house for six. The 5'11, 182-pound athlete is quite the weapon when returning kicks but is also a ball hawk in the secondary no matter where you put him.

Next game: Friday, November 13th, 7:30 p.m. CT vs Byron Nelson (Tex.)


3-star Tariqious Tisdale, LB

Another weapon that Dave Wommack will have at his disposal in the near future is three-star Tariqious Tisdale. The 6'5, 247-pound linebacker/defensive end/running back does it all for the Lexington (Tenn.) Tigers. Not to disappoint, Tisdale and his Tigers traveled to Memphis for the first round of the playoffs last week and came away with a 31-26 win over the Ridgeway (Tenn.) Roadrunners. Tisdale was a force on defense as he always is but he really made his mark on the game toting the rock. Tisdale churned out 138 yards on the ground, including a 67-yard scoot that gave Lexington an early lead that they would never give up. On a nasty, muddy night in East Memphis, Tisdale and his Tigers earned a tough win on the road. They will hit the road again next week to take on the Jackson North Side (Tenn.) Indians in the second round. Tisdale will take his teammates and their 9-2 record to Jackson in hopes of continuing their push for a state title. Tisdale will give Wommack so many options once he gets to campus with his size and versatility. Not only can he definitely be a guy to man the middle at linebacker, but he can also be an edge rusher with his hand in the dirt.

Next game: Friday, November 13th, TBA at Jackson North Side (Tenn.)