Ole Miss has focused most of their recruiting efforts this year on the defensive side of the ball. And who could blame them after the 2016 season they had. Now, the Landshark crootin surge continues as Hugh Freeze and Co. have received a verbal commitment from three-star defensive back Jaylin Williams.
The cornerback from Germantown, Tenn. chose the Rebels over offers from Arkansas State, Colorado State, Indiana, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Wake Forest and Washington State among others and is the ninth commitment of the 2018 class. The seventh defensive commit for the Rebels is originally from Clarksdale, Miss. and still has family in the Magnolia State.
As a junior at Germantown High School, the No. 2 cornerback in Tennessee recorded 62 tackles, eight passes defended, one interception and only allowed three catches all season long. He was also a weapon on offense for the Red Devils, catching 36 passes for 856 yards and 10 touchdowns. He moved to the Mid-South after playing at Centennial High School in Frisco, Tex.
How does he fit in?
The 5’11, 170-pound corner is a burner (4.5 40-yard dash) and as athletic as they come. He has a 32.5” vertical leap which allows him to go up and contend for one-on-one balls to go along with the top end speed to stay with fast receivers on deep routes. The two-way All-Region player has the mentality you want in a cornerback. He relishes island coverage and is extremely physical at the line of scrimmage. His prowess on offense translates well to the defensive side of the ball, helping him locate and high-point the football.
Despite his offer sheet not being lofty and chock-full of Power 5 programs, the No. 82 cornerback in the country is an intriguing prospect because of his versatility and supreme athleticism. Once he arrives on campus, gets in the weight room with Paul Jackson and receives some fine-tuning from Jason Jones and Wesley McGriff, he has all the makings of a key contributor. I look for Jaylin to be someone who makes an impact on special teams as a freshman because of his speed and aggressive play before competing for playing time with Jalen Julius and Jaylon Jones at corner.