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Jack DeFoor to Ole Miss: 3-star OG sends in his LOI

In May of last year, Jack DeFoor committed to join what would become the best incoming class of offensive linemen in Ole Miss history. Of the six signees, all have great talent, and great offers. While DeFoor might not be the most highly ranked of this group, he has the size, quickness, and toughness to be an SEC lineman sooner than later.

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Three-star offensive lineman Jack DeFoor is in the boat.

If elite programs all have one thing in common with regards to recruiting, it may be this: they all sign lots of offensive linemen, every year. Programs who fail to sign four or more offensive lineman every year are mostly dooming themselves to depth issues at that position. And while Ole Miss may have long struggled with that concept (or, more likely, the execution of said concept), that's not the case this year.

Jack DeFoor lists offers from Georgia, Clemson, Michigan, Tennessee, Nebraska, and a dozen other programs. While offer lists that gaudy may often be less than entirely accurate, Jack was expected by many experts to commit to Clemson or Georgia; it stands to reason that those two elite offers were very legitimate. Ole Miss clearly covets DeFoor, as they were rumored to have turned down several higher ranked linemen who wanted at one time or another, to join this class.

Highlights

DeFoor played left tackle for Calhoun HS in Georgia, but his highlight tapes are indicative of a player who could make a superb transition to offensive guard. From his tackle spot, he still performs pull moves to the right side, essentially like you'd expect of a guard. He appears to do a great job of keeping his feet moving, and also finishes his blocks aggressively.


How does he fit in?

The Rebels have a relatively young group at offensive line; with two sophomores projected to start at guard next year, DeFoor may not start a game for a year or two. But his strength appears to be his downfield run blocking, which is something that past offensive guards have struggled with... DeFoor is representative of an emphasis by Hugh Freeze on signing faster, fitter, more aggressive guards. Assuming he shows up in good shape, DeFoor could contribute very soon, if he is needed. Even if he doesn't, it's guys like DeFoor who help to form deep and dominant offensive line units at every elite program.