After committing on an unofficial visit in 2019, Brandon Buckhaulter flipped to Mississippi State a year later. Now, almost nine months later, the Mississippi prospect has done it again and flipped back to Ole Miss and new head coach Lane Kiffin.
The Hartfield Academy receiver holds notable offers from Arkansas, Louisville, and Virginia Tech, but it was the constant pursuit by receivers coach Derrick Nix and the Rebels that ultimately got him to revert back to his original verbal commitment.
The nation’s No. 95-ranked receiver does it all for Hartfield Academy, finishing his senior season with 897 all-purpose yards and 12 total touchdowns. As a receiver, Buckhaulter hauled in 28 receptions for 542 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, he made 36 total tackles and snagged four interceptions.
The Flowood, Miss. native joins four-star Bralon Brown in Derrick Nix’s receiver class as another big-bodied target that stands 6-foot-3 for Matt Corral.
How does he fit in?
The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder brings a ton of versatility to Oxford. He is a physical presence on the outside who can also line up inside and create mismatches with slower outside linebackers and safeties. He is a long-strider who is smooth with his route-running and can flat out go get the football in jump ball scenarios.
Mississippi’s 13th-ranked player is aggressive with his hands and is not shy about delivering the punch to a defender. Once he gets his mitts on the football, he is a problem when he gets his shoulders square. Much like his route-running, he glides up-and-down the field as well, slipping past defenders, and avoiding would-be tacklers with ease and subtle jukes. He
Those ball skills naturally translate to the defensive side of the football as well.
Buckhaulter excels in the open field on defense, using his large frame to deliver the blow coming downhill in run support and winning one-on-one matchups on the outside with opposing receivers.
Overall, he reminds me a ton of Marc Britt. He has the versatility and the athleticism to compete for a spot on either side of the ball and has a knack for the big play. And Ole Miss needs help at both positions so he could be in line to challenge for either one.
I think his future is at receiver, but you can’t deny the size:speed combination in the secondary. This is a really good get for Nix and Kiffin as Brandon gives Ole Miss a lot of opportunities to do a lot of different things.