It has been quite the summer for four-star defensive back Nigel Knott. The No. 2 overall player in the state of Mississippi has been all over, from Tallahassee to Oxford to Beaverton. Knott burst onto the scene in Oregon at Nike's The Opening when he challenged for the SPARQ Championship and was doing his trademark backflip on ESPN.
Since then, the 5'11, 175-pound Knott has been busy preparing for his senior season at Germantown High School. Unfortunately, his senior season will be put on hold for a bit after he received some unfortunate news from a MRI this week. The scan revealed he had a torn meniscus and will miss 8-12 weeks. The talented athlete will miss most of his senior year, but this will give him even more time to dwell on where he will spend the next 3-4 years in college. According to 247Sports Crystal Ball, Knott has a top four of Alabama, Florida State, Ole Miss and Oregon.
4-star WR puts Rebs in his top 5
Despite certain people not giving the Rebels any credit for bringing in top flight talent at the wide receiver position, top flight croots are taking notice. Four-star Houston, Tex. wideout Tyrie Cleveland recently released his top five and Ole Miss was included. Cleveland's decision could be in large part due to a certain five-star quarterback commit who plays at IMG Academy and won the Elite 11 championship and The Opening 7on7 title by throwing to Cleveland a whole lot.
As you can see from the footage above, Cleveland collected a lot of receptions via Shea Patterson. The two have formed quite the friendship and Cleveland alluded to Ole Miss' position in his recruitment thanks to his new friendship with the blue-chip QB. The 6'3, 180-pound burner collected over 1,100 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns last season at Westfield High School. Another thing to keep in mind: receivers coach Grant Heard's hometown is Houston.
Shea Patterson's team faces one hell of a schedule
It is only natural for us to follow the No. 1 quarterback in the country and five-star Ole Miss commit so closely. You could make the case for him being the ultimate reason for the Rebels having a top-five crootin class. So, don't worry, we at the Cup will always keep you in the loop with all the comings and goings of Patty Ice.
Patterson and his five-star teammates will take on quite the gauntlet of a schedule this season. The Ascenders kick off the season August 22nd against 2014 state champs American Heritage (Fla.), then take on Miramar (Fla.) on August 30th on ESPNU, then travel to Texas to take on the third-ranked team in DeSoto. Toss in games against nationally-ranked Bergen Catholic (N.J.), (which features four-star Tennessee quarterback commit Jarrett Guarantano), Southern Lab (La.) and Paramus Catholic (N.J.) (led by five-star defensive tackle Rashan Gary) on ESPN2 on October 23rd. Shea transferred to IMG to
abandon his teammates and friends in Louisiana to challenge himself against the best and he sure as hell is getting it.
Future Diamondbearz head to Wrigley Field
Three Ole Miss baseball commits will be on the shores of Lake Michigan this weekend competing in the Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field. Shortstop Grea Kessinger, catcher/first baseman Thomas Dillard and catcher Cooper Johnson were all selected to come to the Second City and compete against the nation's best. Kessinger and his new teammate Dillard will both be representing Oxford High School while Johnson is not too far from home as he hails from Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein, Ill.
The all-star game will feature the top 48 high school baseball prospects in the country. Miami (Fla.) leads all schools with five commits in the game while Ole Miss is close behind with three. Several other schools have two a piece, including Arizona State, LSU, Mississippi State, Clemson, and Duke. The game will be Saturday, August 15th and can be streamed live for free here.