Well it all started with the commitment of five-star long snapper Jack Propst. Then, there was the commitment of four-star offensive lineman Chandler Tuitt. Now, the momentum continues with three-star running back Jarrion Street pulling the trigger and committing to the Ole Miss. The 6'1, 203-pound running back from Trussville, Ala. chose the Rebels over Cincinnati, Iowa State, Memphis and Missouri.
After narrowing down his choices to those five schools, Street intended to mull it over for a bit before making his decision. In an interview with RebelGrove.com's Neal McCready, Street declared that Oxford was a place that just "felt like home" and went ahead and pledged to Hugh Freeze and Co. This is just another example of how incredibly valuable assistant coach Derrick Nix is to this staff as he continues to bring in talented running back after talented running back. Despite the run game struggles from last year, the job that Nix has done cannot be ignored.
How does he fit in?
When taking a look at Street's film, the first word that jumps into my head is "effortless". The senior back from Hewitt-Trussville High School makes it look easy when hitting the hole between the tackles or taking a zone read handoff and scampering around the edge. Despite sharing the load with his quarterback (225 carries) in Hewitt-Trussville's zone read attack, Street still managed to run for 1,165 and 14 touchdowns on 183 carries. His 4.56 speed is an asset when eluding defenders and he packs a powerful punch, literally and figuratively, with his attitude with the ball in his hands and his stiff arm.
After watching him on film, the comparison that jumped out to me was former South Carolina and San Francisco 49er Marcus Lattimore. They both run with that calm and confident strength that somehow mesmerizes linebackers and defensive backs to just slide off of them like butter on top of some fresh, hot flapjacks at the Beacon. Street's upright running style is quite reminiscent of the former five-star Gamecock and just like Lattimore, he possesses that one cut, get upfield mentality that is so vital in the SEC. The peanut gallery has been begging for a big, powerful back and it appears their calls have been answered with the young man from the Yellowhammer State.