It was a perfect storm for Hugh Freeze and his staff. You had the nation's No. 1 quarterback in town with 44 other blue chip recruits around him to witness Chad Kelly and Ole Miss dismiss LSU with a dominating 38-17 win. From a crootin perspective, wins and losses don't mean as much as you would think, but it's the atmosphere and the fan support that really hits home for these fellas. And the atmosphere was tremendous on Saturday.
Not only did Ole Miss have several commits in town to see the big-time win over a perennial Southeastern Conference power, but there were tons of potential future Ole Miss Rebels on hand. From the 2016 croots that have narrowed things down or to the 2017 croots whose names you will need to know for the circuit next season, Ole Miss pulled out all the stops this past weekend and knocked it out of the proverbial park. Oh, and there's still the big visit weekend in January around the corner. Buckle in, y'all, crootin is about to heat up.
Let's take a look at some of the big name croots who were in town and what they were saying on the internet about the Rebels.
Five-star quarterback and Ole Miss commit Shea Patterson is a man of few words.
Hotty toddy...— Shea Patterson (@SheaPatterson_1) November 22, 2015
Welp, he called a Rebel great by the wrong name, but five-star linebacker Mique Juarez looked to be having fun while soaking up the atmosphere in the locker room before kickoff.
Four-star defensive/offensive lineman Kobe Jones from Starkville, Miss. was in attendance and he made an astute observation about the hard hit Kendarius Webster put on a LSU receiver.
Kendarius Webster punished Travin Dural in the end zone. What was he thinking jumping that high?— Kobe Jones (@IAmKobeJones) November 21, 2015
Four-star offensive lineman and Ole Miss commit Bryce Mathews was in town on an unofficial visit. The big fella from Nashville, Tenn. seemed to have fun.
Great time at Ole Miss today! Always good to get a dub #HottyToddy— Bryce Mathews (@bmathews76) November 22, 2015
Three-star running back and Ole Miss commit Jarrion Street didn't have any doubts about the atmosphere in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
I have a feeling the best fans in the nation are about to have Oxford rocking Saturday!! #HottyToddy— Jarrion Street (@JSTREET_) November 20, 2015
Lexington's Lethal Weapon and three-star linebacker Tariqious Tisdale had himself a good time in the Vaught. The Ole Miss commit plays a lot like current Rebel Demarquis Gates and he was on hand to see No. 31's best game in a Rebel uniform.
The Ole Miss game was lit! #Hottytoddy— Tariqious Tisdale★ (@_Tisdalekid_22) November 22, 2015
2017 four-star running back Kylin Hill from Columbus, Miss. was on the sidelines for pregame and was hitting the ever so famous "dabb".
He also snagged a picture with the GOAT.
Two of the best pic.twitter.com/P3qROu68ge— Kylin Hill (@H_Kylin) November 22, 2015
2017 three-star defensive lineman O'Bryan Goodson looks to keep the South Panola pipeline to Oxford strong. Mr. Goodson was in town and got to meet All-American Robert Nkemdiche.
New Jersey native and prep school standout defensive back Myles Hartsfield was in town and snapped this selfie on the sidelines.
And maybe one of the most interesting visitors to note, former 2013 four-star offensive lineman, Under Armour All-American and Michigan Wolverine Logan Tuley-Tillman was in town. He was dismissed from the Michigan team and would be a grad transfer and eligible to play immediately. Let me repeat, HE IS AN OFFENSIVE LINEMAN.
As if the eighth win of the year and the Magnolia Bowl trophy returning to Oxford wasn't enough, all these croots were in town to see it first hand and take part in one of the best atmospheres in the Southeastern Conference. We've said it before on the site and the podcast, this 2016 class could very well be better than the heralded 2013 class. Atmospheres like the one on Saturday is what you need to take that next step to jump into that top tier in the conference.