By now, I'm sure you all know who Shea Patterson is, right? Well, the five-star quarterback from Shreveport, La. who is set to take over the reigns under center in two years in Oxford has been quite busy since his commitment to Ole Miss back in February. At Steve Clarkson's Trendsetter Camp out in California, Patterson was busy doing his thing, putting on a show per usual. Afterwards, in an interview with Scout's Greg Biggins, he spoke about his plans for the 2016 class and that he's "definitely doing his part".
Ole Miss fans know that five-star recruits can be polarizing figures on the recruiting trail, it happened in 2013 with Laremy Tunsil, Laquon Treadwell and Robert Nkemdiche. The big question for Hugh Freeze and Co., can Patty Ice (this is his new nickname brought to you by Red Cup Rebellion, you're welcome) secure commitments from more blue-ship croots? Names like Devin White, Willie Allen, Shyheim Carter and Mykel Jones all hail from the Pelican State and are all quite intrigued by the idea of playing with Patterson in college. The bigger question for 2016 is, can the Rebs finish No. 1 in the country in crootin?
Big man interested in Ole Miss
Former Auburn hoopster and recent Kennesaw State Owl Willy Kouassi is now searching for a new home to play college basketball this season. The Ivory Coast native and former four-star prospect and top 100 player according to Rivals.com is eligible to play immediately and would be a welcomed addition to Andy Kenendy's front court who just lost Dwight Coleby. At 6'10, 230, Kouassi would be an imposing figure on the block defensively and would serve well as an offensive rebounder to get more shot opportunities for Stefan Moody.
The Bowling Green Daily News states that Kouassi has a list of finalists that includes Ole Miss, Arkansas, Memphis, North Texas and Western Kentucky. While at Kennesaw State, Kouassi averaged a measly 4.6 points per game along with 5.0 rebounds per game, but he did grab five or more rebounds in 15 of the 27 games he played in for the Owls last season. Kennedy can only hope the former A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year has seen the live web cam of the Pavilion and likes what he sees.
Another Texas wideout coming?
Three-star wide receiver Kofi Boateng of Lamar, Tex. has become pretty close to Grant Heard throughout the recruiting process. Since he began to pay attention to the Rebels, Boateng has become more and more interested and has finally made the decision to trim his list down before beginning his senior year. The 6'1, 177-pound wideout has recently released a top 10 and according to the 247Sports Crystal Ball, Ole Miss is currently in the lead for his signature.
Top 10 pic.twitter.com/F4c7MkB1ND— Kofi Boateng (@BGKofiBoateng) May 27, 2015
2017 CB already has the SEC's attention
Maurice Harris might have missed on some Volunteer State targets last year, but that's not going to stop him from no holds barred crootin this time around. Rising junior cornerback T.J. Carter from Hendersonville, Tenn. received his third SEC offer from Ole Miss recently and is building a relationship with the Rebels' tight ends coach. At a recent showcase in Tennessee, 247Sports' Barton Simmons liked what he saw of Carter and talks about it here.
2017 CB TJ Carter https://t.co/LPjntsvWrz— Barton Simmons (@bartonsimmons) April 26, 2015
Carter, a 5'11, 175-pound defensive back and running back at Hendersonville High School shows a nice burst of speed when toting the rock and despite being very raw in the secondary, he is very aggressive and does well to stay on the receivers' hip when coming out of breaks.
Rebels offer Alabama back
Other than the quarterback and offensive line quagmires, the run game has been a huge complaint from a lot of people. Well, Derrick nix hears y'all loud and clear. After signing Akeem Judd and Eric Swinney, Nix is once again trying to bring in another thumper to accompany Shea Patterson in the backfield. Three-star running back Jarrion Street of Trussville, Ala. is a bruising Brandon Bolden clone that Rebel fans are sure to love when watching his film.
At 6'1 and 195-pounds, Street has a north and south, get the hell out of my way running style complete with 4.5 speed to skedaddle into the painted grass for points. Last season, Street ran roughshod through Alabama's 7A competition as he racked up 1,165 yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging 6.4 yards per carry. Another interesting thing of note, Street's 183 carries came at the expense of sharing carries in Hewitt-Trussville High School's zone read offense with his quarterback Zac Thomas who had 225 carries himself. Ole Miss is Street's first SEC offer and Derrick Nix is well-known for closing backs on the crootin trail early.
(h/t to FotC Kory Keys for the Willy Kouassi highlights)