Ole Miss' 2015 recruiting class is starting to unravel a bit down the home stretch. Less than 48 hours after four-star linebacker Leo Lewis rescinded his pledge, reports are swirling that five-star offensive tackle Drew Richmond has decommitted from the Rebels. Rivals no longer lists him as an Ole Miss commit.
For what it's worth, Hugh Freeze no longer follows Richmond on Twitter.
This seems to confirm the nightmare scenario that had been floating among recruiting circles for the past week: that Butch Jones and Tennessee have managed to flip Richmond. The blue chip lineman, who had been committed to the Rebs since September, visited Knoxville last weekend and the word among recruiting circles was that the Vols had surged into the lead.
On Sunday, Tennessee commit Kahlil McKenzie caused a stir when he tweeted at Freeze that Richmond had flipped. What looked like social media bravado now looks prescient in hindsight.
If Richmond is indeed gone -- there's still a chance he changes his mind again, though that's likely wishful thinking at this point -- its a serious blow to Freeze's 2015 class. Richmond is ranked by Rivals as the second best offensive tackle prospect in the country and at 6-5, 270 pounds, he could have made an immediate impact on a Rebel O-line in serious need of depth. To lose him this late in the game -- just two days before National Signing Day on Wednesday -- makes this even harder to swallow.