Ole Miss got things cranked back up for the 2020 recruiting class when four-star Josaih Hayes committed on Monday. And now they’re moving from the defensive front to the third level with another commitment.
Three-star athlete An’Darius Coffey has announced on Twitter that he is, for the moment, ending his recruitment by verbally committing to play for the Ole Miss Rebels for the next three-to-four years. The Winona, Miss. native was in Oxford last weekend for Matt Luke’s elite camp, earned an offer, and figured it was time to squad up and commit to play for defensive backs coach Charles Clark and defensive coordinator Mike MacIntyre.
Coffey reportedly ran a sub-4.5 forty-yard dash at the camp and jumped 40” in front of the staff and that was enough for them to pull the trigger and offer the newest member of this year’s class.
Coffey as yet to be rated by 247Sports or Rivals but he camped in front of the staff last weekend and obviously impressed enough to get a commitable offer. His only other offer as of now is Southern Miss and he has some interest from South Alabama.
Earlier this summer, he participated in Nashville’s The Opening Regional and he put on quite the show.
It’ll certainly been interesting to see what the staff has planned for him. I would venture to say he will get a look at either slot receiver or defensive back, despite playing quarterback for the Tigers and making it to the 3A semifinals. He was 13-1 as a starter under center for Winona Secondary School, throwing for 1,401 yards and 16 touchdowns while also running for 1,445 yards and 19 touchdowns.
How does he fit in?
When you first see Coffey, he passes the eye test with flying colors. He tips the scales at 6’0 and 180-pounds and he certainly carries it well, as evidenced by his stats on the ground. Because of his frame, he should immediately see action on special teams and in a backup role for either Rich Rodriguez’s offense or MacIntyre’s defense.
Another great thing about Coffey is the versatility he brings. As mentioned above, he was a quarterback in high school and is an athlete who can pick em up and put em down in the openfield, but he could also be a free safety or a field or boundary corner with his length and leaping ability.