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Ole Miss recruiting: Former Alabama linebacker attends Ole Miss practice

JUCO standout Adonis Thomas is Hugh Freeze’s next big linebacker target.

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After signing with Alabama’s No. 1 recruiting class in 2015, four-star Adonis Thomas found himself in the midst of a position battle with several other four and five-star prospects. Concerned with his prospects for playing time, the former No. 11 outside linebacker transferred to Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia over the summer.

After losing the MACJC Title Game to East Mississippi, Thomas is hoping to return to the DI level in 2017. He may very well find a home in Oxford, where Hugh Freeze is absolutely desperate for quality linebackers.

The 6’2, 228-pounder Thomas attended an Ole Miss practice on Tuesday, according to Scout’s Yancy Porter. He received an offer from Freeze earlier this month and his 247 Crystal Ball now reads 100 percent to the Rebels. The 6’2, 228-pounder, who finished second on his team with 64 tackles while racking up six sacks, could play early and often if he decided to come to Ole Miss. He also holds offers from Mississippi State and Penn State.

Ole Miss offered two 2018 linebackers.

The Rebs have offered five-star inside linebacker Teradja Mitchell and three-star inside linebacker Khalid Jones, per their Twitter accounts.

Mitchell is the No. 1 ranked inside linebacker in the 2018 class and hails from Virginia Beach, Va. The 6’2, 225-pounder collected 44 tackles, 1.5 sacks and two interceptions in nine games for Bishop Sullivan Catholic. His notable offers include Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, LSU and Michigan, with his Crystal Ball currently favoring FSU.

Jones is a 6’1, 225-pound inside linebacker from Greenville, South Carolina. The 2018 class’ No. 10 rated backer has an impressive offer sheet for a three-star: Duke, Maryland, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Wake Forest, and Wisconsin. He’s also generating interest from Clemson, Oregon and South Carolina.

As a junior, the Palmetto product recorded 115 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, two sacks, three forced fumbles, two recoveries and two pass breakups. His crystal ball currently favors the in-state Gamecocks.

A Mississippi tight end decommitted from Tennessee.

Three-star St. Stanislaus tight end Chase Rogers had been a verbal commit to Butch Jones and the Vols for several months, but backed out of his pledge over the weekend.

Rogers, a 6’3, 238-pounder who broke state records for receiving yards and touchdowns this season, can contribute both as a receiver and a blocker and would be a great addition to Hugh Freeze’s offense. Having signed Octavious Cooley, Gabe Angel and Jordan Mathis last February, however, it’s unclear whether Ole Miss will take another tight end in 2017.

D.D. Bowie and Cam Akers hauled in Mr. Football awards.

Bowie, a four-star Ole Miss wide receiver commit, was recently named Mr. Football for the 3A classification in the state of Mississippi after his huge year for Morton. The 6’1, 170-pounder played quarterback, receiver and defensive back for the Panthers, accounting for 2,664 yards and 40 touchdowns while leading them to an 8-4 record and a playoff berth. Bowie’s been committed to the Rebs for over a year after breaking off Nick Saban’s line.

Akers, meanwhile has yet to make his college decision. The five-star running was given the Mr. Football award for the 6A classification as his tear through the competition continues. Playing quarterback for 11-1 Clinton High, he’s completed 131 of his 213 passes for 2,507 yards, 28 touchdowns and four interceptions. The No. 2 running back in the country has also rushed for 1,519 yards and 24 touchdowns. Ohio State is still holding a small lead over Ole Miss for Akers services according to his Crystal Ball. This week’s second-round playoff matchup pits Akers and his teammates against Warren Central, the only team to defeat them this season.