Hugh Freeze lost a recruiting battle earlier this week when four-star quarterback and Ole Miss legacy Tristan Gebbia chose the Cornhuskers over the Rebels. Not to worry -- the next man up was practically in Oxford the next day. Four-star 2018 quarterback prospect Allan Walters, a 6'2, 200-pound signal caller from Paramus, N.J., made the trek down south to Oxford and, like most, wasn't disappointed.
The four-star QB told Bleacher Report that he "loved Ole Miss." He also had high praise for the coaching staff, saying that "[quarterbacks coach Dan] Werner and [head coach Hugh] Freeze were so welcoming and there's a family atmosphere there. They preach to their kids about being great men off the field as well. I really appreciated that. I loved everything with football, the coaching staff, and off the field there."
One concern for recruiting quarterbacks over the next couple of seasons is the presence of Shea Patterson, who's set to take over for Chad Kelly next season. But Walters doesn't seem deterred.
"It would be a great opportunity, if he gets the starting role, learning under him for a year or two and then taking over the reins," he said.
Walters has also visited Tuscaloosa and Ann Arbor and lists his top four as Alabama, Michigan, Ole Miss and Rutgers. The thing to remember about Walters is that he is in the 2018 class. Losing Gebbia was a bit of a shock, but Ole Miss can afford to not take a quarterback in 2017 and focus solely on one in the next class.
Here's his film:
Is another No. 1 defensive lineman on the way?
Despite losing Robert Nkemdiche and missing out on Rashan Gary, Ole Miss added quality D-lineman in Benito Jones and Charles Wiley. Still, no SEC team is ever done stockpiling in the trenches. This weekend, Hugh Freeze and Co. are welcoming in the No. 1 player in the state of Texas, Marvin Wilson.
Mr. Wilson is a rather large individual (6'4, 329-pounds) who has offers from everyone. He possesses a massive frame that is ideal for the SEC and is extremely violent in his pursuit of the quarterback and/or ball carrier. For some of you old folks, he is similar to Jerrell Powe.
But, wait, there's more. Marvin is also teammates at Episcopal High School in Bellaire, Tex. with four-star offensive lineman and key Ole Miss target, Walker Little. Little will be tagging along with Wilson this weekend. Little is quite familiar with the Velvet Ditch due to the fact that two of his siblings graduated from Ole Miss. Ole Miss still has a lot of work to do to have a shot at these two out-of-state targets, but getting them both on campus together will definitely help.
Matt Luke is trying to build a wall.
Four-star offensive lineman Austin Troxell and Kai-Leon Herbert are both interested in Ole Miss. Troxell, a 6'7, 275-pounder from Madison, Ala., has the Rebs in his top four along with Alabama, Auburn and Georgia. He has the two Alabama schools at the top, but recently told SEC Country that he's "not shutting out any schools."
"I really like Georgia and Ole Miss," Troxell said. "I really like their programs. I really like Coach (Sam) Pittman at Georgia and Coach (Matt) Luke at Ole Miss. I'm not cutting out them out of the mix."
Elsewhere, four-star Herbert recently released his top 10 via Twitter, saying that Florida was his No. 1 and the others were in no particular order. He seems to favor the South, as six of his top 10 are from the SEC. The 6'4, 277-pounder is a perfect mold for the type of lineman that Coach Luke is looking for now.