Dan Mullen is going to learn. Maybe not today. Alas, he will eventually. But, the man just took another L to the dome. And this time it was on the defensive side of the football.
It has been no secret that Ole Miss is lacking some beef up front at the defensive line position now that Breeland Speaks is gone. And now, Matt Luke and Co. took a big step in addressing that need with the commitment from Arizona Western College three-star defensive lineman Noah Jefferson. The junior college product chose the #MississippiMade movement over Florida and Arkansas.
The Rebs not only beat out the likes of the Gators and the Hogs, but also Arizona, Louisville, Oregon State, and UCF. The Nevada native originally signed with the Southern California Trojans back in the 2015 class as a four-star defensive/offensive tackle, top 250 player, and the No. 15 ranked strong-side defensive end.
Under Steve Sarkisian, he played as a true freshman in the Trojan’s 3-4 multiple base defense and collected 23 total tackles in 12 games. In 2016, before transferring, he played in one game, making three total tackles.
The Las Vegas native played defensive line, offensive line, and some tight end in high school. He is large and athletic and will be an absolute handful for folks to block up front. He is about as physically impressive of a prospect in the 2018 class and will be someone who can step right into Freddie Roach’s room and make a difference in 2018.
The newest Rebel is the 19th ranked junior college prospect and the No. 8 defensive tackle in the country. He just wrapped up his official in Oxford this past weekend and more than likely will not visit Florida this weekend. He becomes the 18th commitment for Ole Miss and will have two years to play two at Ole Miss.
How does he fit in?
Jefferson is listed at a slim 6’4, 330-pounds. He has tremendous quickness off the ball for a man his size and better than average speed for a dude pushing three bills. Noah certainly possesses the size, strength, and range to develop into either a strong-side defensive end in running situations or a hand in the dirt, bring it on, three technique for short-yardage scenarios. Either way, he is a talented 300-pounder who can move, shed blocks, and cut people in half who try to run between the tackles.
Even better than what he can do on the field, off the field he has already mastered Red Cup’s very own editorial stance when dealing with the haters on Twitter:
The Arizona JUCO prospect is associated with two words: INSTANT IMPACT. He will be the replacement for the now departed Breeland Speaks, without a doubt. Jefferson alongside Benito Jones, Josiah Coatney, Austrian Robinson, and Hal Northern is quite the beefy front. For a defense that gave up 245.3 yards per game on the ground, this should help. Yeah, it should help.