Ole Miss will say goodbye to secondary mainstays Ken Webster and C.J. Moore after this season, meaning Matt Luke’s staff needs to hit on some solid defensive back prospects this recruiting cycle.
So it’s good news that 3-star cornerback commit Deantre Prince has “shut down his recruitment,” according to Rebel Grove’s Russell Johnson, who watched Prince and his Charleston High (Miss.) teammates take on Lafayette last weekend. Charleston got trounced, 41-8, but Johnson came away impressed with Prince’s performance on both sides of the ball.
Going into Friday night’s game, I wasn’t sure what to make of Ole Miss CB commit DeAntre Prince. Some said he was 145 pounds, and some said he was 5-11. I can now tell you that neither of those measurements are true. Prince is 6-1, and around 175 pounds, give or take. Prince played nearly every snap the first-team did for Charleston, getting reps at QB, WR, CB, S, KR, and PR on Friday night. He remains fully committed to Ole Miss, and has shut down his recruitment.
It’s notable that Prince is shutting things down, as he’s been offered by Georgia, Notre Dame and Texas A&M.
I personally think Prince, who’s ranked by 247 as the 16th best prospect in the state, is going earn an invite to the annual Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game later this year and could be in line for a fourth star.
Here’s Ole Miss commitment and three-star Charleston CB DeAntre Prince’s (@prince_deantre) tackle / forced fumble on his first defensive snap in the first quarter. Full coverage @RebelGrove pic.twitter.com/StDxxD8eeD— Russell Johnson (@RivalsJohnson) August 25, 2018
4-star Jonathan Mingo certainly looks the part.
The wide receiver commit recently blew up on the recruiting trail after a great performance at the Rivals Five-Star Challenge in Atlanta. Now he’s blowing up defensive backfields.
The Brandon (Miss.) product caught the game-winner against Madison Central (Miss.) in Week 1 and torched South Panola (Miss.) on the road in Week 2. In two games, he’s racked up 13 receptions for 299 yards and a touchdown and even housed a punt return last week in Batesville.
The 6’2, 200-pound Mingo seems to be the heir apparent to A.J. Brown. He already has the swagger and physique.
4-star Eric Gray is running wild and this time it’s for a good cause.
The Ole Miss running back target has been a household name on the recruiting circuit for a few years now, thanks in large part to the video game numbers he’s put up in the last two seasons at Lausanne (Tenn.) Collegiate School.
This year, those stats will be more than just scribbles in a score book.
I will be dedicating my senior season to helping the kids at St. Jude Children’s Hospital. For every touchdown that I score you can give a one time donation or a specific dollar amount per touchdown. The link to donate is in my bio. Please help me reach my goal and help the kids! pic.twitter.com/2cmp9KuWf4— E.Juice¹ (@ericdgray1) August 16, 2018
There could be a lot of money raised this fall if his torrid start continues. Two weeks ago, Gray posted three touchdowns (and 248 yards to go along with them) in a 47-14 win over Rosa Fort (Miss.). The Lynx have now won 28 games in a row, tying the Shelby County record.
Gray is currently committed to Michigan, but Ole Miss is going to recruit him to the very end.
4-star Jerrion Ealy is putting up big numbers.
Flipping Gray could be important because Ealy, the Rebels’ only current running back commit, looks to be headed to the MLB Draft.
For now, though, he’s running rampant on the gridiron. After racking up four touchdowns against East Rankin Academy (Miss.) two weeks ago, he added three more scores and 167 yards of total offense against Washington School (Miss.) last Friday.
The 5’10, 200-pound Clarion Ledger Dandy Dozen selection is projected by most as a top-10, can’t-miss MLB Draft pick, meaning its unlikely we’ll see him play either sport in Oxford. But, we can still enjoy him trouncing high school defenses in Mississippi, though.