The dead period might have been extended all the way to April, but the Ole Miss Rebels are still adding to its 2021 class. Lane Kiffin did just that today, adding three-star defensive tackle Taleeq Robbins to this class making it five commits in four days.
The Philadelphia, Pa. native chose Kiffin over notable offers from Arizona State, Auburn, Baylor, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, and Wisconsin.
The Imhotep Institute prospect unofficially visited a few campuses on his own time during the COVID-19 shutdown and NCAA-enforced dead period and ultimately sided with the Rebels and co-defensive coordinator Chris Partridge. The Rebels’ assistant is a native of the Northeast and has been on Robbins extremely hard since being hired and getting to Oxford.
Taleeq joins fellow Philly Rebel commit Tysheem Johnson in the Rebels’ 2021 class, giving Kiffin and Co. quite the footprint up there a year removed from signing four-star Demon Clowney out of Baltimore, Md.
Ole Miss’ 21st commit in 2021 brings a ton of athleticism to pair with his large frame. The 19th-ranked player in Pennsylvania made 40 tackles and tacked on six tackles for loss and three sacks as a junior before ultimately having to see his senior season whither away due to COVID-19.
How does he fit in?
The 6-foot-3, 280-pounder mixes brute strength with sneaky speed at the point of attack. During his time at Imhotep he was able to simply overpower most guards and tackles, but he is a relentless competitor who can work laterally and pursuit the football pretty well.
His hand placement needs a little bit of work at the snap, but he does shed blockers well and is extremely active with his eyes, locating the ball carrier or the quarterback and making the play.
He didn’t play a senior season, but Robbins is someone who could carry around 300-to-310-pounds with ease and not compromise any speed or quickness. This is what the Rebels’ defense has been missing and he will be someone who could challenge for a two-deep spot in 2021.
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There’s no hiding Ole Miss’ need for impact defenders in the trenches and sources say that played a huge role in Robbins picking Oxford as his college destination. I expect him to arrive and contend for a spot in the two-deep rather quickly.