It's been a while since we've had some crootin talk, but by golly, Offensive Line Coach Matt Luke put an end to it when he secured a commitment from Jack DeFoor, a three-star OL from Calhoun High School in Calhoun, Ga. DeFoor has a plethora of offers from some of the nation's best, but ultimately chose the Rebels after building quite the relationship with Luke and Hugh Freeze. Ole Miss has made quite the habit of snagging croots from the state of Georgia and that is not at all a bad thing.
DeFoor was a key cog in leading the Yellowjackets through last year's playoffs, paving the way for a team that ran for over 3,000 yards and 47 touchdowns. Calhoun High School finished the year a perfect 15-0 (8-0 region) as they ran through the playoffs to capture the state championship trophy and closing out the year ranked 10th in the state. Calhoun was one of only three teams in state of Georgia to finish with an unblemished record.
The 6'5, 260-pound offensive lineman turned down offers from Clemson, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami (FL), Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech. Standing at 6'5 and with a somewhat lean frame at 260 for an offensive tackle, look for DeFoor to continue to grow and benefit greatly from Strength and Conditioning Coach Paul Jackson's training and eating regiment.
How does he fit in?
When looking at his film, the first thing that jumps out is his get off. Once the ball is snapped, DeFoor has great pad level and drive and utilizes his hands well when engaging the defender. His quickness off the ball will be huge when transitioning into the brutal trench warfare of the SEC and will help make that transition much easier. One thing that Ole Miss fans will like to see is his ability to pull on sweeps and play actions plays as that is very common in Hugh Freeze and Dan Werner's offense. With added bulk, DeFoor could easily transition to a bookend RT or even an OG with his brute strength and nasty attitude in the trenches.