Despite a COVID-shortened season, no official visitors, and no in-person contact, Lane Kiffin and Ole Miss are still chugging along.
Four-star pro-style quarterback Luke Altmyer decommitted from Florida State and has now verbally committed to the Ole Miss Rebels, per his Twitter. Kiffin and offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby have stayed on the Starkville, Miss. product since their arrival in Oxford and despite his pledge to Mike Norvell and the Noles that lasted 10 months, they never relented in their efforts and it has finally paid off.
The nation’s No. 11 signal caller chose the Rebels over notable offers from Alabama, Georgia Tech, Louisville, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, NC State, Oregon, and Wake Forest among others. The state’s top-rated quarterback could potentially have coat tails, as quarterbacks typically do, when it comes to not only the other top players in Mississippi, but elsewhere due to his level of play.
The Elite 11 finalist led the Yellowjackets to a 12-3 record a year ago, throwing for 3,093 yards and 37 touchdowns. Altmyer is a guy who, although not the biggest, just gets it done. He combines the ability to manipulate and climb the pocket to avoid pressure with accuracy when throwing on the run. Oh, and he can run a little.
FSU QB commit Luke Altmyer houses it on first play from scrimmage, 74-yard TD run. pic.twitter.com/SqeD1ZMyGV— Brendan Sonnone (@BSonnone) September 5, 2020
Altmyer is the 13th commit in Kiffin’s 2021 class.
How does he fit in?
The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder isn’t the biggest, but he plays like it. Luke could certainly add 10 or 15-pounds and still be effective with his legs in the running game. Where he makes his hay is being extremely accurate in the intermediate passing game. Altmyer is very assertive with his ball placement and touch when moving from side-to-side in the middle of the field and to the hashes.
The newest Rebel commit is cool under pressure, keeping his composure when facing the rush and is never to eager to scramble and bail on his progressions. He keeps his eyes downfield when sliding away from pressure, when rolling left or right, and has an innate ability to stay patient when things break down. He’s a quarterback prospect that should excel even more when he arrives on campus and gets into the playbook and film room, raising his ceiling even more.
Kiffin and Lebby made Altmyer a priority early on and never let up on the recruiting trail despite the FSU commitment and I think that caught his attention and eventually won him over. Even during a COVID-19 cycle, they both stayed the course and now they have their quarterback for the 2021 class.