After Ole Miss got commitments from Jay Johnson and A.J. Harris on Sunday, the Rebs added three-star Jamar Richardson. Hugh Freeze now has 13 commits in the 2017 class, which ranks 20th in the nation.
The Aliceville (Ala.) High School star is the 40th-ranked cornerback in the nation and 19th overall prospect in the state of Alabama. His offer list, which doesn't include in-state powers Auburn or Alabama, isn't overwhelming: Missouri, Louisville and Wake Forest. As a junior, Richardson collected two interceptions and 13 tackles on defense while averaging 20.2 yards per kickoff return.
How does he fit in?
The first thing you notice about Richardson is that at 6'0, 167-pounds, he's not exactly the biggest croot. But, what he lacks in stature, he makes up for in speed. The Alabama corner ran a 4.47 at a Nike Regional earlier this summer and got the attention of Power 5 crooters immediately. Richardson also attended Ole Miss' Elite Camp in June and registered a 39" vertical jump while running a 4.45.
Despite being light in the pants right now, I expect Richardson to report to campus a little bit bigger than 167 pounds and he will assuredly benefit from a redshirt season and a year at Jack Built School with strength and conditioning coach Paul Jackson. With his speed and ability to return kicks, Richardson could see the field early if the Rebs haven't found an answer on special teams.