Jacob Peeler closed well in 2018.
And now he is flipping well in 2019.
The second-year coach and Mississippi native has got his first commit for next year’s class (JaVonta Payton re-committed after National Signing Day) now that four-star wide receiver Dannis Jackson has announced that he will be flipping his verbal commitment from Mississippi State and the People’s Eyebrow to the Ole Miss Rebels and the #MississippiMade movement.
Jackson, an Under Armour All-American, chose the Rebels over offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Memphis, Mississippi State, Oregon, Southern Miss, TCU, Tennessee, and Texas among others. The rising senior had a banner junior year at Sumrall High School, snagging 63 receptions for 1,157 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also chipped in on defense, pulling down four interceptions as well.
Peeler is working towards getting the 2019 class started and Lord knows he needs to quick, fast, and in a hurry. One would assume that A.J. Brown and D.K. Metcalf could possibly join DaMarkus Lodge in departing Oxford. He has begun the long, tumultuous journey to rebuild his room and all he had to do was present the nWo belt to the Mississippi State commit and the four-star pass-catcher apparently saw the light.
Peeler, if the commitment holds until signing day, locked down one of the bigger recruiting wins of 2019 with this one. Say what you want about Joe Moorhead and his eyebrows, but him and his staff have done a pretty good job all things considered in their first season in Starkville. They have a lot of momentum going into 2018 and for Peeler and Ole Miss to snag a top 100 player from them right after he committed is huge.
The No. 19 wide receiver in the 2019 class is a top 100 player nationally, the No. 7 ranked player in the Magnolia State, and the 25th member of the 2019 class, bringing Luke’s first full class to 13th in the 247Sports Team Rankings.
2019 running back commit Jerrion Ealy certainly got his attention after he declared for Ole Miss in way back when in December. And because the bowl ban is over after the 2018 season, it has absolutely no affect on his career in Oxford, so one would think that and the nWo’s success under Peeler pushed him to go ahead and flip that commitment from Mississippi State to Ole Miss.
The No. 111 player in the country also plans on playing baseball at Ole Miss per Ole Miss Spirit’s David Johnson. As a junior at Sumrall, the newest nWo member hit .273, sported a .420 on-base percentage, an OPS of .750, scored 22 runs, drove in nine runs, slapped five doubles, and stole 25 bases.
How does he fit in?
As mentioned above, Ole Miss and Peeler are trying to restock the nWo cupboard for when the likes of A.J. Brown, DaMarkus Lodge, and D.K. Metcalf are gone after this season. And the 6’1, 180-pound receiver is an excellent place to start. He appears much longer than 6’1 and glides through the secondary with ease and precision when conducting business. He’s very smooth and can get to his top end speed quickly when being pursued by defenders.
Jackson is a phenomenal athlete who also plays baseball at Sumrall High School, a Mississippi power that won four-straight 3A titles at one point. His athleticism is on display on the gridiron like it is on the diamond. The newest football commit hit .273 for the Bobcats with a .420 on-base percentage and stole 25 bases as a junior.
More importantly, once he gets his hands on the football, he is very good after the catch. He is another prospect that with some added bulk will be a serious threat in Phil Longo’s offense with Matt Corral pulling the trigger. Jackson could see time underneath in the slot or on the outside because of his capabilities to get up and go get the football. Depending on his growth in his senior year, he could be someone who contributes right away, much like rising sophomore Braylon Sanders did in 2017.