Matt Luke and Co. have been hearing quite a lot of chatter about how others are gaining commitments and the Rebels are not. Well, big, bang, boom.
With that said, this week has been quite the week for Ole Miss football and its recruiting efforts. And Thursday was one for the books. Luke and his staff received not one, not two, but three verbal commitments on Thursday. Three-star offensive lineman Caleb Warren and four-star linebacker/defensive end Sam Williams announced their commitments during the day. Then, the night cap was topped off by three-star defensive back Deantre Prince announcing his commitment to the Rebels.
The Charleston, Miss. native blew up this Spring, receiving offers from Auburn, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Texas A&M, all within a matter of months. But, those couldn’t stave off the allure of joining the Rebels’ 2019 class and the chance to rep his home state. Prince visited the Rebs three times this season unofficially before returning this Summer to wow everyone at the Elite Camp.
Home Is Where The Heart Is pic.twitter.com/TdbZ0ukPpD— Deantre Prince (@prince_deantre) June 22, 2018
In his junior year, the Charleston Tigers’ two-way player collected 25 tackles, three tackles for loss, 401 rushing yards, 352 receiving yards, and 14 total touchdowns. The nation’s No. 35 athlete will more than likely find his home on the defensive end playing corner when he gets to Oxford, but don’t count out special teams returns. Prince is the 17th commit in the class, moving the Rebs up to 14th in the country in the 247Sports Team Rankings.
How does he fit in?
The 6’1, 160-pounder reminds me so much of former Mississippi standout and current Rebel defensive back, D.D. Bowie. He is a dynamic athlete and can really, really run, much like D.D. At Charleston, he plays both ways because of his raw athleticism and knack for being able to out-athlete his opponents. If he ever finds himself out of position, he can quickly recover using his speed, quickness, and leaping ability whether that’s defending a pass or reversing his field and running 80 yards to score a 45-yard touchdown.
On defense, he has no qualms with coming up in run support and dropping the hammer on a ball carrier and in pass coverage, he really, really excels, high-pointing the football and out-jumping the receiver to make the play.
Jason Jones’ latest pickup joins JUCO commit Jamar Richardson and Lake Cormorant, Miss. native Jalen Jordan as the three cornerback commits for Ole Miss in this class. Deantre is still a little light in the britches but as we know, strength and conditioning coach Paul Jackson can fix that quick, fast, and in a hurry. But, much like Bowie and another former Rebel freak athlete, Nick Brassell, his skill set might be too valuable to leave on the sidelines and he could find himself returning kicks or playing some nickel back until he locks down Prince Island.
As evidenced by the offer sheet, this is a tremendous get for Ole Miss. Ignoring the three-star rating cannot be stated enough. Kirby Smart, Brian Kelly, Jim Harbaugh, and Jimbo Fisher really wanted this kid and the Rebs were able to hold them off.
Not a bad Thursday, huh?