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Ole Miss recruiting visits: The complete list of who’s on campus this weekend

Hugh Freeze’s annual Crootapalooza party doesn’t have the same star-studded guest list it has in years past.

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As has become customary in the Hugh Freeze tenure, Ole Miss will be be hosting a huge group of recruits in the last weekend before National Signing Day, which is next Wednesday. But while last year’s Crootapalooza hosted a constellation of 15 four-stars and a pair of five-stars (not including top quarterback Shea Patterson, who was technically already enrolled at that point), the NCAA investigation has tampered down on this year’s attendance.

As the guest list sits now (and it’s these types of events inherently include last-minute changes), just six four-stars are planning a trip to Oxford this weekend (going by 247Sports’ composite ratings). The rest of 21 prospects are three-stars (plus running back Isaiah Woullard, who’s unrated by the 247 composite). Two of the attendees are current Rebel commits, though four-star wideout D.D. Bowie’s commitment doesn’t really mean much at this point.

Below is the list of visitors compiled by and crosschecked against Twitter by us. Keep in mind that this list is fluid; some of these guys won't show, others may jump on at the last minute.

All ratings are from the 247Sports composite.

4-star D.D. Bowie

Overall rank: 131
Wide receiver rank: 20
Hometown: Morton, Miss.

Things seem to be deteriorating with the Rebels top commit, who announced earlier this week that he’ll be making a Signing Day decision between Ole Miss, State, LSU and Bama... even though he’s still technically committed to the Rebs. Bowie, who voiced trepidation over the NCAA investigation earlier this month, was in Starkville last weekend and is looking like a prime flip candidate for the Grinders. He said earlier this week that loaded receiver depth chart in Oxford would prompt him to move defensive back, but that he’d stick to wideout if he went to State.

The good news is that Hugh Freeze gets the last visit and the opportunity to do damage control, though that may not matter—Bowie claims he’s already made his decision.

4-star Jaylon Redd

Overall rank: 192
Cornerback rank: 26
Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Redd, who’s one of the most explosive athletes in the 2017 class, is committed to Oregon and Ole Miss only offered him last week. Still, the fact that new Rebels receiver coach Jacob Peeler built a relationship with Redd while recruiting him to Cal and is getting him to travel across the country provides an outside shot at a last-minute flip.

4-star Obinna Eze

Overall rank: 210
Offensive tackle rank: 23
Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.

The big man from the Music City shocked everyone in August when he committed to Memphis over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Eze, who hosted Ole Miss coaches during an in-home visit earlier this week, is a raw but talented 6’7, 279-pounder who would a valuable addition to an already deep group of tackles in Oxford.

4-star Chester Graves

Overall rank: 233
Weak-side defensive end rank: 16
Hometown: Kansas City, Mo.

Ole Miss is still looking for some D-linemen to round out the 2017 class and Graves would be a good place to start. The No. 1 player out of Missouri had 126 tackles as a senior and has the ideal size (6’4, 220) for a stand-up defensive end or outside linebacker. As of now, his 247Sports Crystal ball lists Mizzou as the favorite to land Chester.

4-star Stephan Zabie

Overall rank: 243
Offensive tackle rank: 25
Hometown: Austin, Tex.

The 6’5, 290-pound prospect was offered by the Rebels last May but things have been pretty quiet. Having played his high school ball just down the road from Texas Memorial Stadium, Zebu’s considered a heavy Longhorns lean and it seems likely that he’s just coming to Oxford for a good time. Can’t blame him.

JUCO 3-star Larrell Murchison

Overall rank: 86
Strong-side defensive end rank: 10
Hometown: Elizabethtown, N.C.

Ole Miss received a commitment from the big fella from the Tar Heel State at the start of the year thanks in large part to new defensive line coach Tray Scott. But, since then, Murchison has visited Georgia and Texas and has received offers from both. The 6’4, 277-pounder will be in town and you can bet Scott will be trying to lock him down despite receiving offers from other Power 5 schools.

3-star Jordan Murphy

Overall rank: 346
Wide receiver rank: 49
Hometown: Hattiesburg, Miss.

Murphy is one of the more intriguing targets that have popped up recently and the Hattiesburg receiver would be a welcomed addition the 2017 class. Peeler is going to do his best to flip the Tennessee commit over the weekend and in the following days before signing day if he has to. He was able to secure a commitment from Jordan Duncan last year, Murphy’s former teammate at HHS. Now that Peeler is at Ole Miss, he is trying to make it 2-for-2 at the 5A school in Forrest County.

3-star Tony Gray

Overall rank: 426
Offensive tackle rank: 45
Hometown: Lawrenceville, Ga.

The teammate of Ole Miss signee Breon Dixon has all of a sudden become the Rebels’ to lose after a flurry of Crystal Ball predictions came in earlier this week. The Under Armour All-American hosted Hugh Freeze and Matt Luke last week and will close out his official visits in The Velvet Ditch this weekend. The 6’5, 290-pound tackle is extremely physical and would be an incredible addition to an already loaded offensive line group.

3-star Kam White

Overall rank: 449
Athlete rank: 28
Hometown: Clinton, Miss.

The former Iowa State commit and teammate of Cam Akers has been one of the most popular Ole Miss targets throughout the cycle. The 6’2, 203-pound athlete has the skill set and frame to step in and lend a hand at the second level at linebacker. New defensive coordinator Wesley McGriff and Freeze went in-home with White and will be looking to solidify a flip this weekend. At this point, the Rebs are the favorite.

3-star Daniel Green

Overall rank: 493
Inside linebacker rank: 22
Hometown: Portland, Ore.

Another new name that is visiting this weekend is the inside linebacker from the Beaver State. The former Southern Cal commit released a top three last week of Kansas State, Oregon State and Utah but he will be making a trip to Mississippi just to make sure. Ole Miss offered him on Tuesday and are hoping to make a last-ditch pitch to get him to join Bradley Dale Peveto’s Linebacker Restoration Team in the 2017 class.

3-star A.J. Harris

Overall rank: 519
Safety rank: 35
Hometown: Madison, Ala.

Ole Miss snagged Harris away from Florida State and Michigan back in July and the safety has held firm. McGriff and coach Jason Jones made the trip to Alabama to visit him in-home last week and you can bet Harris is excited to get to Oxford to try and recruit some more players to Ole Miss. The 6’0, 190-pounder is an explosive playmaker who could be a sleeper in this class.

3-star Corey Reed

Overall rank: 540
Wide receiver rank: 80
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.

The Louisville commit has been firm since pledging to Bobby Petrino in August but will be in Oxford this weekend for an official. This looks to be a vacation trip for the 6’3, 200-pound receiver from the Peach State, but the Rebels are looking to sign a receiver or two, especially if D.D. Bowie flips to State (he probably is). Also, Corey fits the mold of the prototypical Ole Miss receiver: big-bodied and physical.

3-star Eric Stokes

Overall rank: 658
Cornerback rank: 61
Hometown: Covington, Ga.

It seems like Stokes is Georgia’s to lose. He just wrapped up a visit to Athens and will be making the trip west to Oxford before making a decision on signing day. The 100m, 200m and 400m champion is an intriguing prospect because of his world class speed and length at the corner position. Jones and McGriff will almost certainly put on the full-court press this weekend to try and steal Stokes away from Kirby Smart.

3-star Jamar Richardson

Overall rank: 709
Cornerback rank: 71
Hometown: Aliceville, Ala.

The Ole Miss commit has stood firm after pledging for the Rebs last July and will take his official visit this weekend. Richardson has been lightly recruited after he made his commitment public and has only really been hearing from Louisville here and there. The 6’0 corner has the length to compete at the Power 5 level but he will need to add some weight (only 167-pounds). But, Jamar makes his impact with his track speed (4.4 40-yard dash) and does it in multiple ways (1,144 all-purpose yards, 13 touchdowns). Although, it remains to be seen what side of the ball he will be on when he gets to Oxford.

3-star Joshua Rogers

Overall rank: 935
Defensive tackle rank: 63
Hometown: Houston, Tex.

Rogers is another name that is most likely a long shot. But, getting him in for the last visit weekend is half the battle. The 6’5, 280-pounder told Gridiron Now that he’s “never been to the state of Mississippi” and “I want to see how they do it down there.” The Aggies lead Rogers’ Crystal Ball at the moment.

3-star Alex Faniel

Overall rank: 966
Pro-style quarterback rank: 37
Hometown: Richmond, Va.

The Ole Miss commit has been one for quite some time after shocking everyone and picking the Rebels over the hometown Hokies back in June. At 6’5 and 225-pounds, he certainly has the frame to be a Power 5 signal caller, but his development will be key over the next year or two since he is still a bit raw. Look for Faniel to join signee Breon Dixon this weekend and try to recruit some targets to Oxford.

Isaiah Woullard (not rated)

Overall rank: NR
Running back rank: NR
Hometown: Hattiesburg, Miss.

Isaiah is an in-state record-breaking running back who will make the trip to Oxford in hopes of getting an offer. The 5’10, 205-pound back from Hattiesburg’s Presbyterian Christian School shattered the state’s all-time rushing record (8,324 yards) but has yet to receive an offer from coach Derrick Nix and the Rebels. But, he did get an in-home visit from Longo, Nix and Peeler. He currently holds offers from Idaho and Southern Miss.