New Ole Miss defensive line coach Freddie Roach, who came over from Tuscaloosa before the 2017 season, already knew what he was getting himself into when he took the job in Oxford. The 2016 defense was abysmal and he would need to work fast in order to restore it to its glory days of 2008 and 2014. Well, he landed his first recruit in Oxford in April shortly after being hired.
Now, that first commit has signed to make it official and join Matt Luke’s 2018 class.
Quentin Bivens, a three-star defensive tackle from the same Waynesboro, Miss. high school that produced standout Ole Miss D-linemen Jerrell Powe and Benito Jones, is now officially part of the #MississippiMade movement.
As a senior, the trench man finished with 66 total tackles, three sacks, one interception, and one pass defended.
How does he fit in?
The 6’3, 288-pound defensive tackle has an outstanding frame and an explosive first step to beat offensive guards to the point of attack. His solid build gives him an advantage either in the trenches or on the edge against offensive tackles. Quentin should benefit from another year of growth before arriving in Oxford and getting on Paul Jackson’s strength and conditioning program.
His first step is deadly and his hands are very active when fending off blockers and finding the ball carrier. Naturally, he will need to continue to grown and develop a more diverse arsenal when it comes to interior moves, but he’s got plenty of physical tools for Roach to work with and he can almost certainly grow into a nice interior run stopper.