The Ole Miss defense added a linebacker on Sunday with the commitment of Seminary’s Austin Keys. And now on Monday, new linebackers coach Jeff Koonz is back at it again. This time, he is adding another linebacker from the junior college ranks.
Three-star outside linebacker Daylen Gill from Jones County Junior College has verbally committed to the Rebels after receiving an offer last week. Gill is the fourth commit in the 2020 class and is Koonz’s second in as many days. Those of you might remember that former Ole Miss assistant Barney Farrar left Oxford and ended up at JCJC and now he is helping us from afar, sending another Bobcat to Ole Miss. In 2019, the Rebs signed safety Jonathan Haynes
Coming out of Louisville High School in 2018 as a safety prospect, Gill’s offer sheet was pretty bare. So he enrolled at Jones County. Since then, he has become an integral part of their starting defense, making plays from sideline-to-sideline, utilizing his ability to read and diagnose plays in order to rack up tackle numbers, and tormenting offenses behind the line of scrimmage.
First and foremost, I would like to thank God for allowing me to play the game of football and for giving me the opportunity to extend my college career while doing what I love I am so blessed to even have the chance to play ball at a Division 1 school. HOTTY TODDY ... pic.twitter.com/xmj3jImH1d— Daylen Gill (@d_gill31) March 25, 2019
Gill is playing linebacker now for the Bobcats and is flourishing in that role. The former Louisville linebacker is flying around the field making plays in Ellisville and has been a key cog for their defense since his arrival last season. He finished his freshman season with 62 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and one interception. He was also named second-team All-MACJC South Division
The newest Rebel commit talked with David Johnson from The Ole Miss Spirit about his decision.
“Ashanti (Cistrunk) and I played together at Louisville, and we’ll be back together again at Ole Miss,” Gill shared. “I wanted to play with him again, so we can be like the A.J. (Brown) and D.K. (Metcalf) for linebackers at Ole Miss. It’s going to be great to play with Jamar and Jonathan again, too. I’m pretty tight with both of those guys. Ole Miss is just a natural fit for me.”
“The coaches were happy. Coach (Freddie) Roach was like, ‘Hurry up and post it on Twitter, so we can celebrate,’” Gill said.
Gill chose the Rebels over early offers from Arkansas State and Louisiana-Monroe.
How does he fit in?
The 6’0, 218-pound athlete is a big safety prospect or an athletic outside linebacker who could make an immediate impact once he arrives. He has that rare blend of size and speed you must have in the Southeastern Conference and should be able to challenge for playing time. His frame gives Mike MacIntyre some flexibility to decide if he would want to move him down to the second level to play some outside linebacker.