And y’all thought the recruiting had slowed down.
Despite coming off the dead season and coaches beginning to focus their efforts on fall camp, the recruiting seizes to stop. Three-star outside linebacker Jakivuan Brown has decided to flip the script on his commitment from Mississippi State and become an Ole Miss Rebel, joining Matt Luke’s #SHARKSEA20N movement and boosting an already impressive 2020 class.
The Horn Lake, Miss, native had been committed to the Bulldogs since June 5th, but the Rebs have since convinced the nation’s No. 51 outside linebacker to rethink his verbal pledge and, with that, he has joined Luke’s recruiting class. The linebacker has always stayed in constant contact with the Rebels despite his verbal pledge to the Bulldogs and he has finally made the call to flip from Starkvegas to the Velvet Ditch.
The teammate of four-star defensive tackle and Rebel commit Josaih Hayes has joined a class that is now ranked 17th in the country and is starting to look more and more like a Southeastern Conference defense.
Committed‼️ #HottyToddy pic.twitter.com/SYAniPNChM— Jakivuan Brown (@Jbrown2x) August 1, 2019
The state’s No. 23-ranked prospect joins a class that is now once again adding an impressive recruit that possesses the size:speed ratio that is coveted by Luke and defensive coordinator Mike MacIntyre.
Jakivuan also holds notable offers from Auburn, Kentucky, LSU, Louisville, and Oregon among others.
How does he fit in?
The 6’3, 225-pounder is a dynamic athlete with a SEC frame ready to go once he hits campus in 2020. The Horn Lake product is an explosive athlete who has the ability to make plays, sideline-to-sideline, cover in space, and plug up running lanes in the trenches.
#TheOpening Finals— Ronny Torres (@RonnyTorresSS) July 17, 2019
TOP LB Testing Ratings pic.twitter.com/2OauNiOFNS
Brown impressed scouts at this year’s Nike’s The Opening Finals in Frisco, Tex. and seems to be on a mission to prove the doubters wrong, earning his fourth star. The newest Ole Miss commit was a part of an Eagles’ defense that was tops in the state, finishing their 2018 season 15-0 and winning the 6A state title.
I think 2020 Horn Lake 3-star Jakivuan Brown is best LB here. Nice size and really good feet in space pic.twitter.com/Yo42f9bSI1— Clint Brewster (@clintbrew247) May 19, 2019
He is an outstanding athlete who played tight end and hauled in three touchdown passes when he wasn’t running down ball carriers behind the line of scrimmage. The latest 2020 commit has the opportunity to come in to Oxford and earn some early playing time with the linebacker position continuing to be a crucial position for all SEC teams. The Landshark defense has not had a second-level defender of Brown’s caliber for quite some time and it is certainly refreshing to know the future is in good hands.