Well, Matt Luke and Jack Bicknell are back at it again.
Maybe we’ve been looking at it all wrong. Maybe Luke and Bicknell are trying to become Stanford East and line up with eight or nine offensive linemen in a formation and then just bury people’s souls under Vaught-Hemingway. I mean, with seven commits in the class now, it’s likely that they could do that by 2020.
Imagine the possibilities...
Maybe not. But, all jokes aside. This was needed. The Rebs will lose a lot from this year’s starting offensive line and then after that, you only have Jalen Cunningham and Hamilton Hall from last year’s class, Ben Brown and Tony Gray from 2017’s class, and Bryce Mathews, Royce Newman, Chandler Tuitt, and Eli Johnson from 2016 (Jack DeFoor transferred to Georgia Tech).
And with that, Ole Miss football recruiting has been hitting the trenches hard this cycle. And for good reason, too, since they have only signed four in the past two classes. But, they now add their SEVENTH commit to this class with the addition of yet another Georgia prospect in three-star offensive tackle Jeremy James, the highest-rated offensive line commit in this class right now.
The Cumming, Ga. native unofficially visited back in March and received an offer from Bicknell. Now, he is in the 2019 class and the 21st member to boot. The No. 62 offensive tackle in the class has quite the diverse offer sheet ranging from the ACC, AAC, Big 10, Big 12, and the SEC.
James told Ole Miss Spirit’s David Johnson he chose the Rebels over finalists Memphis and North Carolina State.
”I really like the coaches at there,” James told the Ole Miss Spirit. “I always got a really good feeling at Ole Miss. It feels like home to me. I’m very excited that the recruitment process is over and I can concentrate on one school and not have to worry about it.”
Although he took visits to Georgia, Auburn, Florida State, Clemson and Miami this summer, it was Ole Miss which made a lasting impression from a springtime trip to Oxford.
”I think I’m done with visits,” James shared. “I’ll try to be back at Ole Miss as early in the season as I can.”
His other offers include Boston College, Duke, East Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Iowa State, Louisville, Maryland, Memphis, Miami (Fla.), N.C. State, Nebraska, North Carolina, UCF, Virginia, and West Virginia among others. The Rebs are now 13th overall in 247Sports’ team rankings.
How does he fit in?
In terms of literally fitting in, Jeremy is going to do just fine in this class. We mentioned that he is the 7th offensive line commit in Bicknell’s class and he is just as large as his future teammates. At 6’5, 305-pounds, he is a load and then some. The North Forsyth High School product plays right tackle and will more than likely find himself there in the future in the red and blue.
James isn’t overwhelming athletically, but his punch at the line of scrimmage is pretty powerful for a high school senior. He engages at the point of attack in run plays and drives defensive lineman into the ground. In pass protection he does an excellent job of giving ground while gathering himself with a nice base and uses his length to keep defenders at bay. With some added work, as expected, he could certainly come in after a redshirt year and fill the shoes vacated by starting right tackle Alex Givens and backup Bryce Mathews.
This is a good get. Yeah, another three-star, blah blah blah, but Scott Frost was personally recruiting James and he’s got some other loud offers from Power 5 schools that should give you solace that this is yet another good scouting and recruiting job by Bicknell and the rest of the Ole Miss staff.