Last weekend, Ole Miss entertained 11 official visitors, including top running back target Charles Strong and three of the newest commits: Hamilton Hall, Noah Jefferson, and Kevontae’ Ruggs. So, yeah, it was a good weekend. Two other top targets visited as well: four-star reciever Miles Battle and three-star safety Joe Foucha. Both are big-time targets at their respective positions.
Battle would be a nice addition because the Rebs could potentially lose their top three receivers after 2018 and Foucha is a major key because top safety prospect Cam’ron Jones committed to Nebraska over the weekend.
As always, when we hear of anything changing, visitors being added, removed, MYSTERY CROOT RUMORS, we will update this post accordingly.
And once again, in case you missed it last week, here is your refresher on what exactly happens on a CROOTAPALOOZA weekend, courtesy of our very own Jeff Gray:
So what all happens during Crootapalooza? A quick perusal of the aforementioned Clanga message boards tells us it will be a weekend full of prostitutes, unending lines of cocaine, those sacks of cash with the big green dollar sign that are super convenient for cartoon bank robbers, prostitutes, Bible burnings, a convoy of Cannon Motors “rentals” and more prostitutes. In actuality, it’s more like a bunch of high school kids touring campus and probably having a good time at the bar, but hey, that’s probably just a #Network cover up.
Below is the list of official visitors as accumulated by OMSpirit.com and crosschecked against Twitter by us. Keep in mind that this list is fluid: some of these guys won’t show and others may jump on at the last minute. This list does not include unofficial visitors or the early enrollees that are already on campus.
All ratings are from the 247Sports composite rankings
4-star Tank Jenkins
Overall rank: 253
Offensive guard rank: 11
Hometown: Montgomery, Ala.
This one has gotten silly. The big man from the Yellowhammer State has officially visited Oklahoma and Texas A&M, with the Sooners taking the early lead per his crystal ball. Head coach Lincoln Riley went in-home with him last week and after telling Ole Miss coaches earlier this week he was coming for his last official visit, things started to get interesting. He never showed on Friday night but then, per David Johnson of The Ole Miss Spirit and a tweet at 1:50 a.m., Jenkins finally showed in Oxford. Now, the Rebels get the final shot at signing him before Wednesday. And don’t forget, the dead period starts Sunday.
3-star Jalen Cunningham
Overall rank: 430
Defensive tackle rank: 30
Hometown: Odenville, Ala.
The big fella signed in the early signing period and is likely making the trip to help try and reel in his fellow Bammer resident, Jenkins. Cunningham, despite being ranked as a defensive tackle, will play on the offensive side of the ball in Oxford as an offensive guard. Can you imagine an offensive line with Cunningham, Hall, and Jenkins on it? One would think that Charles Strong has to see that possibility and get pretty fired up, right?
3-star James Williams
Overall rank: 462
Strong-side defensive end rank: 19
Hometown: Jackson, Mississippi
Another early signee, the large defensive end from Jackson shocked everyone and flipped from Mississippi State and signed with Matt Luke and Co. The 6’5, 285-pounder is an important signee because the Rebs are looking to replace Marquis Haynes, Breeland Speaks, and possibly Benito Jones after the 2018 season. He joins a rather deep room, despite being unproven, that has loads of talent in it and could be a key cog in bringing the Landshark defense back to Oxford.
3-star Jayden McDonald
Overall rank: 775
Outside linebacker rank: 47
Hometown: Suwanee, Georgia
The top remaining linebacker target on the board is making his long-awaited trip West to Oxford. He has visited his other top schools already (Purdue, Kansas State, Iowa) and this is it for him. The Rebs and new linebackers coach Jon Sumrall have their shot to seal the deal here after going in-home with him this week for the final time. As it stands, his crystal ball favors the Rebs by a lot. And the 6’2, 201-pounder would be an instant impact ‘backer for McGriff and Sumrall if he chooses to sign with the good guys next Wednesday.
2-star Tylan Knight
Overall rank: N/A
Cornerback rank: N/A
Hometown: Pearl, Mississippi
Mississippi’s 6A Player of the Year isn’t a lot to ride home about in the rankings department, but is pound-for-pound arguably the best player in the Magnolia State this year. The 5’7, 170-pounder who did it all for the Pirates, who went 16-0 and won state mind you, received his Ole Miss offer earlier this week and is a spitting image of former Reb and current Steelers defensive back Mike Hilton. And Hilton knows it, too. He’s a few inches shorter and a little lighter in the britches, but the dude can play. He made 117 tackles THIS YEAR and would be expected to play in a nickel back role and/or special teams at Ole Miss.
NR Tahj Williams
Overall rank: N/A
Cornerback rank: N/A
Hometown: Homerville, Georgia
The last visitor to discuss is a rather unknown on the recruiting trail this cycle and became a target late January. The inside linebacker from the Peach State only holds one offer from the Rebels and is receiving interest from Middle Tennessee State and UCF. But, make no mistake about it, the 6’1, 210-pounder from Clinch County High School is a thumper. He plays with reckless abandon and can move laterally well in passing situations. If Ole Miss wants him, I expect the Louisiana-Lafayette commit to either flip on his visit or sign on Wednesday.