Now that the season is over and the primary concern isn’t winning games, or finding a coach, or escaping the clutches of the NCAA without any further damage, the Rebels can now focus solely on recruiting and moving on. And now linebackers coach Bradley Dale Peveto is adding to the 2018 class now that Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College linebacker Vernon Dasher has signed with Ole Miss in the inaugural early signing period, per Rebel Grove’s Russell Johnson.
The junior college linebacker from Baxley, Ga. was thought to be a heavy Kansas State lean following his official visit earlier this month, but pursuit from Peveto and Ole Miss has swayed him to not stay in the Midwest and to return to the Southeast and try and help alleviate Ole Miss’ struggles at the position.
The nation’s No. 3 JUCO outside linebacker had an outstanding year, totaling 98 tackles, three interceptions, two sacks, two fumble recoveries, and four defensive touchdowns. The 6’3, 215-pounder who attended Appling County High School in Georgia held offers from the aforementioned Wildcats as well as Cincinnati, East Carolina, Eastern Michigan, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, Toledo, Troy, and UNLV.
How does he fit in?
Dasher not only has a fantastic name, but the first-team NJCAA All-American is the prototypical backer to combat the spread attacks that are so prevalent this day and age. He is extremely active in both run support and coverage, using his athleticism and speed.
The outside linebacker won’t have much competition once he arrives in Oxford as the Rebels will graduate Demarquis Gates and Taylor Polk and will only return two participating backers in Detric Bing-Dukes and Zedrick Woods. Sophomore Mohamed Sanogo and redshirt freshmen Josh Clarke and Zikerrion Baker will also be in the mix and will get their first taste of action.
Vasher may not be a highly-rated signee, but he is someone with junior college experience and could come in and provide immediate depth and wouldn’t need time to acclimate getting away from home and high school life. He looks and plays bigger than the media guide lists him at and he is quick to come downhill and thump someone behind the line of scrimmage.
What he lacks in ideal bulk, he makes up for and then some with tenacity, quickness, and a deep love for laying the daggum wood. Solid get for the Rebs and Peveto.