Jacob Peeler has no chill.
After flipping four-star Under Armour All-American Dannis Jackson from Mississippi State on Monday night, the Ole Miss wide receiver coach almost certainly asked himself, “what’s 2-for-2 in All-American receivers?”
So he did it. Again.
Four-star wide receiver Jonathan Mingo of Brandon, Miss. has now made his verbal pledge to the Rebels public and joins the the #MississippiMade movement in the 2019 recruiting class, choosing the Rebels over Georgia.
The Brandon High School star also picked the good guys over other offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Memphis, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, and Oregon among others. It is still rather early in the recruiting cycle and I would surmise that Mingo will be adding several more Power 5 offers once camp season has concluded, but the power of the nWo should hold firm here.
The nation’s No. 20 wide receiver played both ways for Brandon as a junior, but he will be playing receiver in Oxford, especially after he showed tremendous potential for the Bulldogs as a junior.
Mingo collected 57 passes for 775 yards and six touchdowns last season and absolutely blew up on the camp circuit this summer.
How does he fit in?
The 6’2, 200-pounder was once ranked as a safety on 247Sports, but he is all offense now. Wide receivers coach Peeler has found him his next big receiver to give defensive coordinators fits and defensive backs nightmares. Mingo fits right in with the growing trend of “large, fast receivers who are major problems for everyone” that’s become the norm in Oxford.
The Mobile Rivals Camp MVP uses his body well in shielding off would-be defenders and catching the football with his hands. He is more than capable of high-pointing the football, winning one-on-one battles, then pulling away with his top-end speed. While at the Rivals Five-Star Challenge, despite dealing with blatant pass interference, he was able to swat away corner backs and safeties and impress everyone looking on.
Mingo joins a group on offense that includes recent signees Demarcus Gregory, Elijah Moore, and current commits Dannis Jackson, Jordan Jernigan, and JaVonta Payton who are all impressive specimens in their own rights. Mingo has the frame to add 10-15 pounds once he arrives and should still maintain his current foot speed. This is a huge pickup in more ways than one. He comes in at the perfect time with the Rebels for sure losing DaMarkus Lodge and potentially losing A.J. Brown and D.K. Metcalf after the 2018 season.
In my opinion, Mingo will play immediately. This is someone who will take on the role of A.J. Brown and be that physical, game-changer no matter where he is on the field. Big things are coming from OG Mingo. No doubt.