In his first signing class in 2018, Ole Miss wideouts coach Jacob Peeler signed three four-star receivers in Miles Battle, Demarcus Gregory, and Elijah Moore. He’s off to another good start in 2019 after bagging a signature from three-star JUCO Donatario Drummond on Early Signing Day.
Four-star Dannis Jackson signed earlier in the day and four-star Jonathan Mingo is expected to ink in February. Throw in three-stars Jordan Jernigan and Jadon Jackson and this looks like another salty group of wideouts.
The Rebels will need them. A.J. Brown, D.K. Metcalf and DaMarkus Lodge are all NFL bound, leaving new starting QB Matt Corral with an entirely fresh stable of targets.
Drummond, the No. 4 wide receiver in junior college football, chose the Rebels over finalists Arkansas and Kansas. He also received offers from Arkansas State, Colorado State, Kent State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Middle Tennessee State, South Alabama, Troy and UT-San Antonio.
SIGNED | #MississippiMade and #nWo! See you in January, @BigJohnDrummond! #FutureRebels #NSD19— Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) December 19, 2018
In his two years at East Mississippi Community College, Drummond collected 95 receptions for 1,466 yards and 21 touchdowns. Despite only averaging 55 yards per game, he played his best in the biggest games, going for 90+ in three of his last four games.
How does he fit in?
Drummond appears to be an exact replica of Lodge. He stand 6’2 and tips the scales at 200-pounds. He is a big-bodied receiver that has become the norm on the outside in Oxford. Maybe it’s the No. 5 jersery he donned at EMCC but the mannerisms are uncanny. His awareness on the sideline, high-pointing the football in traffic, and elusiveness in the open field reminds me of the Cedar Hill, Tex. native.
Despite not having blinding speed, he is shifty in the open field. His long strides give him an advantage against faster corners, giving him plenty of separation before and after the catch. His length also gives him a significant advantage when the ball is in the air. His catch radius is second-to-none and he will only get bigger, faster, stronger upon his arrival in the 662.
Demarcus Gregory is Peeler’s only big-bodied receiver in his room currently but Drummond will join Jonathan Mingo in that regard and will arm Corral with a few large targets on the exterior now that A.J. and D.K. are out.