With the hype building more and more by the day, the 2016 class just received a healthy spoonful of it with the verbal pledge from Tariqious Tisdale, a three-star defensive end from Lexington, Tenn. After mulling it over with his family, Tisdale pulled the trigger and committed to Ole Miss.
The 6'5, 247-pound defensive end from Lexington High School tweeted his excitement after verbally committing to the Rebs and seems eager to bring his skill set to the table for Dave Womack's Landshark defense. The No. 20-ranked player in the state of Tennessee is listed as a defensive end on 247Sports.com, but according to David Johnson of Rebels 247, Ole Miss is bringing him to man the middle at linebacker.
Despite having what most people consider ideal size to play on the edge as a defensive end, Maurice Harris really thinks Tisdale's future is at the second level playing linebacker. Coach Harris wasn't the only one who liked Tisdale's production this past season for Lexington High School -- the young man boasts offers from Tennessee, Mississippi State and Middle Tennessee State.
How does he fit in?
When taking a look at Tisdale's film, the first thing that jumps out at you is length. Standing at a legit 6'5, Tisdale has the wingspan to be effective inside the box as he can easily fight off blockers and find the football. Another great thing to go along with that wingspan is having sideline-to-sideline foot speed. Tisdale has been clocked anywhere from 4.5 to 4.6 in the 40-yard dash and he shows that speed often as he also plays some running back for Lexington High. With Christian Russell, Denzel Nkemdiche and C.J. Johnson all graduating after this season, Tisdale will have plenty of room to operate on the depth chart.