Even though there is a NCAA investigation looming, the Ole Miss staff proves once again that recruiting never stops. Ole Miss has added a commitment from three-star wide receiver R.J. Sneed to bolster the WRU legacy on the heels of its big win over the Aggies.
I would like to announce that I am committed to... pic.twitter.com/b1ymISDUKl— RJ Sneed II (@Rjsneed2) November 13, 2016
Yahtzee!!! Hotty Toddy!!!— Hugh Freeze (@CoachHughFreeze) November 13, 2016
Wide receivers coach Grant Heard is a Texas native, and since arriving at Ole Miss, he has stormed into the Lone Star State and signed four-star blue-chippers Quincy Adeboyejo and DaMarkus Lodge. Sneed visited Oxford for the Georgia game earlier this year and after returning home, he backed off his verbal commitment to TCU.
Before scoffing at his three-star rating, take a gander at the dude’s offer sheet: Alabama, Auburn, Cal, Houston, Michigan State, Tennessee and Wisconsin, just to name a few. As a junior, the No. 65 wide receiver in the country collected 917 all-purpose yards and nine total touchdowns for Cypress Ranch High School. This season, he has helped the Mustangs to an 11-0 record and collected 735 all-purpose yards and seven touchdowns.
As far as the timing of the commitment goes, you can’t help but think that Shea Patterson leading a furious comeback against Texas A&M might have had something to do with Sneed pulling the trigger. It appears that removing that redshirt and playing the five-star freshman is paying off in more ways than one.
How does he fit in?
The Cypress, Tex. native has flown somewhat under the radar during the recruiting cycle, but once you see him play, any doubts go out the window. He is incredibly explosive out of his breaks and is very shifty in the open field.
The 6’2, 180-pound playmaker has good hands and ball skills as a receiver and return specialist. Sneed is the receiver you want to get in space where he can expose mismatches at the second level, but where R.J. might really make a difference is as a return man.
Once Sneed sees a crease or catches a defender out of position, he can take it to the house. It has been well-documented how bad the Rebels have been in the return game and one could make the case that they haven’t had anyone to scare opposing teams since 2008 when Marshay Green was running all over the place. Insert R.J. Sneed.