After adding two commits earlier in the week, the Rebels are back at it again on the weekend now that three-star strong-side defensive end Luke Shouse has announced via Twitter that he has verbally committed to Ole Miss.
The Brentwood, Tenn. native camped in Oxford over the weekend, received an offer from the coaching staff, and clearly couldn’t wait any longer to make his decision. The Ravenwood High School product is the nation’s No. 99 strong-side defensive end in the country was the third-leading tackler for a Raptors team that went 11-3 in 2018.
Shouse made 53 total tackles, five tackles for loss, three sacks, and one interception. The Rebs’ newest commit chose Ole Miss over early offers from Army, Cincinnati, Kansas, Louisville, Virginia Tech, and interest from Arkansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Tennessee, UCF, and Vanderbilt.
How does he fit in?
In my opinion, a lot can be deduced from the coaching staff offering kids in person in a camp setting. They have these recruits compete and perform in drills and situations that they have designed in order to see if they fit their style, scheme, and playing style. And Shouse clearly passed all the tests, earned an offer, and is now a part of this signing class.
Well, the 6’6, 248-pounder certainly passed the Ole Miss staff’s size:speed ratio test. He went head-to-head with four-star defensive tackle and Ole Miss commit Josaih Hayes over the weekend and held his own. That’s good enough for me, too. He’s a long and rangy end who uses his arms exceptionally well when fending off blockers and finding the ball carrier.
He will most likely need one year in the weight room but that frame can definitely fill out and be a nice addition to Mike MacIntyre’s 3-4 defense. He’s also spent some time at tight end in high school and with that size, he could also be molded into an offensive lineman.