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Ole Miss recruiting: Jeffery Simmons drawing more interest, IMG Academy duo to visit

The No. 1 player in Mississippi is getting tons of interest while IMG Academy Visitors Bureau is in full effect this weekend.

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Four-star defensive end Jeffery Simmons has become quite the household name in crootin circles after the early onslaught that he has delivered on opponent's offenses. Noxubee County High School's defensive star has received some big news as of late in regards to his crootin when the Georgia Bulldogs offered him. Mark Richt and Chris Wilson extended the offer to Jeffery Simmons after hearing all the rumblings about a nightmarish talent from Macon, Miss. that has been terrorizing offensive gameplans like a kid standing over ants with a magnifying glass.

As of right now, through five games, Simmons has 64 total tackles, 48 solo, 10 sacks and two forced fumbles. Is that good? Simmons does a tremendous job of utilizing his strength, quickness off the ball and his hands when getting rid of potential blockers and finding the football. One of the things he does the best is shedding blockers while keeping his eyes up and in the backfield. Therefore, he can know if he needs to pursuit the football going away from him or pin those ears back and go after a quarterback who is dropping back to try and complete a forward pass. Although, despite the recent offer from UGA, this seems to be a Magnolia State battle.

IMG comin' to your citay

Well, the SEC home opener is finally here and it's going to be a hu---oh, it's just Vanderbilt. Welp, the weather should be lovely, right? I digress. The good thing is, this is a conference home game and croots love that. Therefore, there will be plenty of visitors in Oxford, Miss. this weekend. The two biggest names that will be in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium this weekend are IMG Academy's one-two punch dynamic duo of Shea Patterson and Drake Davis.

The five-star quarterback and four-star soon to be five-star wide receiver/return specialist are extremely tight on and off the field and it appears that things are starting to align for them to attend the same college. It was expected that Davis was going to pull the trigger last month and announce for Ole Miss, but he ultimately decided to hold off and take his visits. His top three consists of Ole Miss, LSU and Texas A&M. After a sluggish start in a preseason scrimmage against Florida power American Heritage, IMG has ripped off four-straight wins and is ranked top 10 nationally. Through those four games, Patterson has tossed for 979 yards and 11 touchdowns with only one interception. Davis is an all-purpose animal, raking in 410 total yards and six total touchdowns.

All-star croots getting swag

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl and Under Armour All-American Game squads are out and about now delivering their respective swag to the players that were selected for each game. Ole Miss commit and Oxford High School wide receiver DeKaylin Metcalf will receive his U.S. Army Bowl jersey next week. Metcalf has been fighting double and sometimes triple team brackets this season, but has still collected 234 yards and a touchdown.

One of the biggest names left on the Rebels' crootin board is the four-star defensive back from Madison, Miss. and Germantown High School, Nigel Knott. The 6'0, 170-pound dynamic athlete received his Under Armour All-American jersey on Wednesday and updated his recruitment, just a little. Knott has yet to play in a game this year after having surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his knee. Other big names/commits to keep an eye out for to receive their respective all-star game jerseys are Benito Jones (Under Armour), Shea Patterson (Army), Greg Little (Under Armour), Mecole Hardman, Jr. (Army), Isaac Nauta (Army), Deontay Anderson (Under Armour), Jeffery Simmons (Army) and Shyheim Carter (Army).

Former four-star commit to recommit

Now, this one can get a little confusing but bear with me. Former Ole Miss commit and four-star wide receiver Daniel Crowell has announced that he will be "recommitting" on November 28th which, if you have a calendar handy, is in fact the date of the Egg Bowl .

Crowell, a 6'1, 200-pound stud from Meridian, Miss. and Meridian High School has a top three of Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Ohio State. Crowell is a receiver who has a solid build and possesses elite quickness coming off the line and out of his breaks. Despite not having 4.4 speed, he is one of those guys who is always open and just makes plays. He doesn't have the high profile recruitment or all-star game status, but he is a stud. To say that Crowell would be welcomed back with open arms is an understatement.