By now you have all seen the horror of what happened in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium against the Razorbacks of Arkansas. We were all witness to Chad Kelly and his masterful performance, but the dark cloud hanging over that performance is the fact that the Landsharks gave up 53 points at home and lost in overtime. Oh, and that whole 4th and 25 play, that was the equivalent of a stand-up comedian's knockout blow before trotting off stage to a standing ovation, that was what saved
Bret Bielema Boss Hogg.
But enough about that, it is over and done with. It's in the past. Attention has been turned to the Bayou Bengals and the big-time December Grad Crootin Extravaganza Weekend. According to Scout.com's visit list, the Ole Miss staff will be awfully busy come November 20th, 21st and 22nd with a bevy of top-notch talent. Let's take a closer look at a few of the big names that will be joining Shea Patterson in Oxford next Saturday.
5-star linebacker Mique Juarez
The 6'2, 226-pounder from Torrance, Calif. is a former Southern Cal commit and will be experiencing Oxford, Miss. for the first time. Naturally, he has a close friendship with The Chef because of their time in Beaverton, Ore. on Team Lunarbeast. While at Nike's The Opening, the two have obviously grown close and it can be assumed that they talked about what it would be like to play together in college. One can also predict that they will be talking about that same thing while in Oxford together in the Boom Boom Room surrounded by hundreds of students who are there to
get an education and discover their career turn up.
When taking a look at Juarez's film, one thing jumps off the screen: ATHLETE. He reminds me of another Cali athlete and current USC Trojan, JuJu Smith-Schuster. Explosiveness. Speed. Quickness. Attitude. Both possess those four attributes and are out on the field to make the highlight reel and embarrass someone for thinking they could stop them from doing so. Juarez is a devastating tackler who runs through ball carriers and can cover in space (HEY HEY HUGH THIS IS WHAT WE NEED DO WHATEVER IT TAKES). Oh, did I mention he also plays wide receiver and quarterback for his high school at 226 pounds?
To say that Dave Womack needs Juarez is the biggest understatement in the history of understatements.
5-star athlete Mecole Hardman Jr.
We mentioned Hardman a few months back about after he announced that he would visiting Oxford in the fall. But, none of us here at this esteemed web site really gave it much thought. Now, he will be on campus with Mr. Patterson and Co. to take in the Grove, the Walk of Champions and a night in the Vaught against LSU.
The real wild card for Hardman may not have anything to do with Ole Miss. It just might be Mark Richt's ability to lose all control of Georgia's program by year's end. Hardman is from Georgia and it's typically hard to pull the top-flight kids away from Richt and his staff. But with UGA reeling and Richt on the hot seat, Freeze has a real chance to pry Hardman away from the Peach State. The 5'11, 176-pound athlete from Albertan, Ga. is not an early enrollee but it's huge to get him on campus with Patterson.
Five-star defensive tackle Rashan Gary
Gary is a known commodity on the ole dusty crootin trail; everyone knows him and wants him. Granted, it's hard to miss the 6'4, 286-pounder, but it's his play on the field that makes this cat stand out. This was another must-get-on-campus dude for Freeze since Gary is from the Northeast and not exactly familiar with the SEC and Oxford. The No. 1 defensive tackle in the country from Paramus, N.J. is probably the next biggest fish for Freeze and Co. to reel in.
Although he's nowhere near the athlete Robert Nkemdiche is, Gary is someone who does garner a lot of attention and game planning for defensive coordinators. He's more of a true defensive tackle who is very disruptive. In his game earlier this season against Shea's IMG Academy, he handled double and sometimes triple teams with ease and was in the backfield all night long. His pad level and quickness are tremendous and you have to just be giddy thinking about what Chris Kiffin can do with a guy with his skill set and size.
Let's just say that if Ole Miss were to land any of these three names, it would be a damn good class. All three are potential instant impact croots.