Matt Luke and Phil Longo went out West, swiped a four-star, top 60 player in Matt Corral in December and then signed two receivers in the early signing period. And now wide receivers coach Jacob Peeler is getting in on the fun and capitalizing off the Rebels’ success in the passing game in 2017, stealing a four-star target from a Pac 12 school.
Four-star wide receiver Miles Battle out of Houston, Tex., a former Oregon commit, made his commitment public Monday night, and declared he would be signing with the Ole Miss Rebels on Wednesday.
The No. 56 receiver in the country officially visited Oregon and Ole Miss in back-to-back weeks before wrapping things up and sitting down to make a final decision. Peeler and Luke got Battle in for his last official visit in January and that appears to be what set them apart from the rest.
He had a solid year for Cy-Creek, catching 49 passes for 738 yards and 13 touchdowns. For his career, he collected 173 receptions total, 2,630 yards, and 34 receiving touchdowns. The newest Rebel chose to sign with the nWo over offers from notable programs like Auburn, Balyor, Cal, LSU, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, TCU, Washington State, and Wisconsin.
How does he fit in?
The 6’3, 188-pounder will look to be the next big thing at receiver in Oxford, along with signees Demarcus Gregory and Elijah Moore. He is a tremendous athlete who is a damn bully in one-on-one match ups. He seems to already be an above average route-runner and uses his hands to pluck footballs out of the air and away from defenders. He’s also a downfield threat because of his height and innate ability to high-point the football.
Longo has mentioned several times that he likes to use at least eight receivers a game and with Battle’s big frame, catch radius, and sneaky speed, he could be a dangerous red zone threat and a mismatch over the middle against linebackers. His strong hands and ability to make plays amidst traffic is something that will be vital when space is limited and defenses key on A.J. Brown, DaMarkus Lodge, and D.K. Metcalf.
He will definitely push for reps early and often once he arrives in Oxford and Peeler and Matt Luke could utilize him as the heir apparent to D.K. Metcalf on the outside because of his height and speed combination that, contrary to popular belief, you cannot teach. But make no mistake about it, this is a huge get for Ole Miss and he has an opportunity to put up big numbers in the red and blue once he gets on the turf at The Vaught.