It took long enough but at long last, the Ole Miss Rebels finally made the call that Jabari Small had been waiting on for close to three years.
The three-star athlete from Briarcrest Christian School in Eads, Tenn. received a message from Ole Miss running backs coach Derrick Nix a few months ago and then spoke with head coach Matt Luke on the phone. And he received the news he had been waiting on for so long.
He was offered a scholarship to go play for his father’s alma mater, the University of Mississippi.
And now, just a few months removed from that call, he is committed to his father’s alma mater.
The nation’s No. 10 all-purpose back out of the Bluff City committed to the Rebels and is now a member of Luke’s 2020 recruiting class. The state’s No. 22 player has a bevy of Power 5 offers that he sifted through before making the call to be a Rebel, just like his father, former Rebel receiver Eddie Small, did back in the 90’s.
Thank you Lord, going with my heart! #COMMITTED pic.twitter.com/gNDCULh4Xp— Jabari Small 2️⃣ (@JMS4_) July 28, 2019
Jabari currently holds notable offers from Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Purdue, Tennessee, Texas A&M, and West Virginia.
In his junior season, the newest Rebel commit used his 4.58 speed to run for 1,118 yards and 12 touchdowns while also being a threat out of the backfield as well, snagging 21 receptions for 244 yards and three more touchdowns. The aforementioned 40-yard dash speed is an asset on special teams as well, running a kickoff back in 2018.
How does he fit in?
Small isn’t exactly the biggest guy, but at 5’10 and 195-pounds he’s not tiny either. He has better than good speed and can make you miss in the open field. I anticipate him being used by Rich Rodriguez in the form of Noel Devine. He will be a weapon in the backfield on zone read schemes while also being a big part of the screen game as well.
I also think that he can be flexed out into the slot and be a weapon there as well, utilizing his quickness to get separation from linebackers and bigger, slower safeties. He honestly reminds me a little of former 2019 Ole Miss target and Memphis prospect Eric Gray. He is stronger than you think, shedding would-be tacklers, and can wiggle out of a small space with relative ease. He is a patient runner at the point of attack and can put a foot in the ground and get going in a hurry.
This is a really nice pick up for the Rebs because of his versatility and also because most think that he is a key signee if Ole Miss is wanting to have more success in the city of Memphis in this year’s class.