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Ole Miss Recruiting: The Rebels are in the Mix for a Memphis DB, and We're Already Talking 2017 Quarterbacks

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This week, we're actually not going to talk about Shea Patterson.

Donte Vaughn
Donte Vaughn
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College football season may be from August through January, but crootin' season never stops in the Southeastern Conference, particularly under Hugh Freeze's watch at Ole Miss. Even amid actual football things (i.e., games), visits are being set up for Oxford's biggest college football weekends and contact is already being made with the 2017 class of blue-chip stars. This week's #TheNetwork Files takes a look at one of these future visits, and gives you an update on a pair of elite talents who could become important parts of the Rebel offense after the 2017 National Signing Day.

Also, we've got highlight videos, because we know you all won't read this stuff if we don't give you the chance to play amateur scout whilst looking at high school highlight tapes. We have got so much to cover this go-around, that we're not even going to mention Shea Patterson but like once or twice!

Memphis DB sets up visit

Four-star defensive back and Memphis native Donte Vaughn has been somewhat hot and cold with the Rebels this crootin season. But, the 6'3, 192-pound Whitehaven High School star has set up his official visit to Ole Miss. Vaughn will attend the Vanderbilt game September 26th and take in the sights and sounds of gameday in Oxford, Miss. Although, this isn't Vaughn's first trip to Oxford as he is close friends with Ole Miss tight ends coach Maurice Harris. Harris is a Whitehaven alum and good friends with Donte's parents. As of now, it appears that the Notre Dame Fighting Irish lead for Vaughn's services, but Coach Harris has been in his ear quite a bit as of late.

Vaughn is a rangy defender who has the ability to come up in run support, deliver a blow and also has the speed to stay behind the deepest receiver. He has the frame to build strength and build on what he already has on his rather large frame. He is one who could possibly develop into Dave Wommack's coveted Husky position that Tony Conner currently holds down. Vaughn is a December grad so the decision process gets real very soon.

2017 QB interested in the Rebs

We all know Ole Miss has the No. 1 player and quarterback  in the country on board already in five-star Shea Patterson, but that's not deterring four-star Jake Fromm one bit. The 6'3, 220-pound signal caller from Warner Robins, Ga. named a top three of Alabama, Ole Miss and South Carolina earlier this summer.

The Houston County quarterback has a similar build to Patterson and also has a quick release like the Chef. He still has two years of high school left to grow and get stronger, but he already has the build and arm strength to compete in the SEC. In Fromm's game last week against Grovetown (Ga.), Fromm went 18-of-27 for 362 yards and three touchdowns.

Large 2017 OL visits Oxford

This past weekend Ole Miss had a rather big visitor, literally and figuratively. Four-star Trey Smith took in the season opening demolition of UT-Martin and met with offensive line coach Matt Luke and head coach Hugh Freeze. Smith tells Scout's Yancy Porter that his favorite thing about Ole Miss is the "family aspect". We all know this is a common theme because of Freeze's dedication to doing things out of love for each other and not hatred for someone else and Oxford's quaint environment that helps facilitate that comfortability.

The 6'5, 287-pound offensive tackle is the perfect size that Luke and Freeze have been recruiting as of late for the Rebs' up-tempo attack. Smith also has the quickness and mean streak you need to play left tackle at the next level. The University School of Jackson Fighting Overbeys have zero issues protecting the quarterback's blindside or running behind Smith as he consistently dominates the man in front of him.