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4-star DB Deontay Anderson commits to Ole Miss WHILE JUMPING OUT OF AN AIRPLANE


Bleacher Report

Well that's one way to commit. Four-star Deontay Anderson, who's ranked the top safety in the country by ESPN, announced his commitment to Ole Miss via a Bleacher Report video of him jumping out of a damn plan. His skydive video is worth a watch.

He's since sent in his letter of intent.

Hugh Freeze has been a particular nuisance in Texas, where he's regularly stealing prized croots from the likes of not only UT, but TCU and A&M. Anderson makes it five Lone Star commits in the 2016 class, a list that includes the top-ranked offensive tackle in the country, Greg Little.

Another player on that list of Texans is four-star running back D'Vaughn Pennamon, a high school teammate of Anderson who's been committed to Ole Miss since July. Pennamon took lingering looks at Texas A&M and Bama in the weeks leading up to Signing Day, but the fact that he never broke his pledge to the Rebels no doubt helped Freeze haul in Anderson.

Here's how Anderson's rated by the major services:

247 Rivals Scout ESPN
Stars 4 4 4 4
Overall rank 89 84 57 41
Position rank 4 3 4 1

How does he fit in?

It's entirely possible that Freeze just landed one of his starting safeties for 2016. Anderson will compete immediately at a position that was thinned by the departures of All-American Trae Elston and All-SEC Second Team Mike Hilton. Outside of C.J. Hampton, who struggled when forced into the starting role in 2015, the Rebs have very little returning experience at safety. The Moore twins seem relegated to backup roles while Armani Linton and Shawn Curtis are still unknown commodities after redshirting last season.

As far as comparisons, the 6'1, 205-pound Anderson reminds me of Cody Prewitt. Anderson, much like Prewitt, is a heady athlete who can come up in run support and clobber people. Deontay is also able to drop into pass coverage and cover speedy receivers because of his speed and length. His height and wingspan allows him to make up for being a step slower than smaller receivers.