After securing a commitment from JUCO All-American Scott Phillips earlier in the recruiting cycle, Derrick Nix is back at it again. It appears that Nix and Matt Luke have a plan to alleviate the miss of former five-star and current Florida State Seminole Cam Akers from last cycle and the graduation of Jordan Wilkins by securing a commitment from a top 100 player in 2019. No big deal. Already done.
The offense got a big-time boost now that 2019 four-star running back Jerrion Ealy has committed to Ole Miss to play both baseball and football. The running back from Flowood, Miss. chose the Rebels over offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, and Tennessee for both sports.
The No. 8 running back in the country has played in 39 games in three years at Jackson Prep and has accounted for 3,610 rushing yards, 1,407 receiving yards, 1,038 kick return yards, and 21 total touchdowns. On the diamond last season, he hit .396 with 21 runs batted in, 21 stolen bases, five doubles, and one triple in just 21 games. The Patriots finished 30-7 and won the MAIS AAAA state title in baseball while going a perfect 13-0 on the gridiron and also taking home a state title.
How does he fit in?
The 5’10, 183-pounder is your prototypical scat back for a spread offense. But he lines up everywhere in between the white lines. He plays running back, slot, outside receiver, and returns kicks on special teams. He is a tad bit small when it comes to football, but he plays much bigger than he truly is and totes the rock with an attitude.
The No. 4 player in the state has great vision to go along with unmatched acceleration. He is a shifty prospect who is a handful in the open field and will cause mismatch problems for days against bigger, slower linebackers.
In baseball, Mike Bianco is getting an absolute stud. He’s an outfielder with speed to burn and an impressive athletic build to work with. You can’t teach height, but you damn sure can’t teach speed (6.33 60-yard dash).
He does project as a high draft pick for the MLB Draft in the coming years so him landing in Oxford after he finishes his career at Jackson Prep is very unlikely. Why you ask? Well, he is the No. 7 overall player in the 2019 baseball class and the No. 2 outfielder in the nation. Until then, we will see how things shake out for him on the baseball and football fields.
Ealy spoke with Russell Johnson of Rebel Grove after his commitment and seems to have a plan for what he wants to do in the coming years.
"It feels great to be an Ole Miss Rebel," Ealy said. "I called coach (Derrick) Nix this morning, and told him I didn't want to wait any longer, and that I was ready to commit to him, coach (Matt) Luke, and the rest of the staff."
He did touch on what he plans to do about the other sport, but as we mentioned above, that could change as time goes on.
"I plan on playing both baseball and football up at Ole Miss. I committed to both Matt Luke and Mike Bianco.”
Until he arrives on campus for both baseball and football, time will tell what this commitment actually means. But, until then, Bianco, Luke, Nix and Ole Miss have locked down one of the state’s most impressive athletes in multiple sports. He had Power 5 offers to go anywhere (ahem, Michigan) he wanted and he chose to stay true to Bianco and Luke’s #MississippiMade vision and commit to the Rebs.