After winning the Egg Bowl, planting their flag at midfield, Jason Jones and Wesley McGriff got busy redefining the secondary and trying to piece together the defense that, despite playing well in spots, was exposed all year long.
But, now with the signing of three-star cornerback Keidron Smith, the secondary is getting some size and some length to help.
Smith, a cornerback from West Palm Beach, Fla., is another early signee for Ole Miss and the first from the Sunshine State. Before signing today, he held offers from Duke, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Baylor, Florida Atlantic, Indiana, Kentucky, LSU, Maryland, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
The No. 142 corner in the country according to 247Sports composite rankings is having a great senior season for Oxbridge Academy, collecting 32 tackles and three interceptions all the while leading the Thunderwolves to the 3A title game. The Sunshine State cornerback has more than exceptional size (6’2, 180-pounds) and will be a player that will be expected to come in and push D.D. Bowie, Jalen Julius and Jaylon Jones for playing time.
How does he fit in?
The big, rangy corner already has and impressive frame and will be someone who can get even bigger, faster, and stronger under Paul Jackson’s guidance once he gets to Oxford. Keidron was actually Ole Miss’ only official visitor all year and he obviously enjoyed his time despite the loss to LSU. He had recently taken visits to Miami (Fla.) and Oklahoma before making his decision to become a Rebel.
Smith is someone, like Hawkins, who could will find himself on the field in 2018 due to his size and speed combination. He is also someone who could potentially grow into his body a bit and bulk up into a linebacker. That would certainly make Ole Miss fans happy after 2017 where Demarquis Gates was the best backer on the team with two bad shoulders.