At the end of February, a rather shocking turn of events transpired when rising sophomore defensive back Deantre Prince announced that he would be entering the transfer portal.
Before he decided to leave, the Charleston, Miss. native was poised to make even more of an impact in his second year. The highly sought after cornerback in the 2019 class chose the Rebels over notable offers from Auburn, Georgia, Michigan, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, and Texas A&M.
In his first year on campus, the 6’0, 170-pounder started four games for the Rebels as a true freshman, making 22 tackles and two interceptions.
But now, nearly two months later, it seems there has been a change of heart for the former Rebel cornerback.
As you can tell in the tweet above, it appears that Prince changed his Twitter avatar to an image of him making an interception last season.
You know I gotta finish it with my brothers— Deantre Prince (@prince_deantre) May 5, 2020
Then, as you can see, a follower said he needed to make his triumphant return to Ole Miss and it appears that Prince is obliging here, referring to his now former teammates as “my brothers”.
Same thing here bro I’ll be back soon brudda best duo in the nation— Deantre Prince (@prince_deantre) May 5, 2020
Furthermore, one of those brothers, sophomore defensive back Jay Stanley gave his $0.02 and, again, Deantre seems to be on the same page.
Now, the legalities of the transfer portal are still a little foggy, but Prince never enrolled anywhere else so I believe this would be go to the coaching staff’s digression if they want to take him back or not.
And why wouldn’t they?
The secondary wasn’t great last season, but Prince was one of those young players that was beginning to show signs of a promising second year in college with another in the weight room and one more year acclimated to the Power 5 level, but then he announced a transfer.
Could it have been the staff turnover? Sure. Maybe he wanted to continue to play for Mike MacIntyre at Memphis? Maybe.
If he does in fact want to return to the Rebel secondary, one would think that new defensive coordinators DJ Durkin and Chris Partridge would certainly consider it and make a decision together, but I for one would like to see Prince back in an Ole Miss uniform.
Ole Miss returns just three upperclassmen who saw significant time a season ago and welcome in two upperclassmen transfers in Lakevias Daniel and Otis Reese and a talented freshman in Derek Bermudez. So, yeah, they need experience and quality depth and then some.
We will keep you abreast of any developments pertaining to this once we get them. There isn’t any big hurry right now due to COVID-19, but it does appear that Mr. Prince does in fact want to return to the Velvet Ditch.