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3-star WR Drew Donley commits to Ole Miss over Big Ten and Ivy League suitors

The Buckeye legacy is headed to the SEC.

Lynda M. Gonzalez-The Dallas Morning News

Lane Kiffin and Jeff Lebby will probably never struggle to recruit offensive skill players. Both have been in charge of high-powered offenses that would attract any prospect. And that holds true once again now that three-star wide receiver Drew Donley has announced his verbal commitment to Ole Miss.

The Frisco, Tex. native chose the Rebels over notable offers from Boise State, Hawaii, Northwestern, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, and high interest from Ohio State and Wisconsin. The 4.34 40-yard dash runner received an offer from wide receivers coach Derrick Nix back in June and was immediately interested because of the cache that comes with the SEC and Kiffin’s name.

Donley is the son of two-time All-Big Ten selection Doug Donley and has had the opportunity to camp and visit both the Buckeyes and the Badgers, but was unable to perform in-person enough to earn an offer from either school. But, the interest was there and then some for the track star from Lebanon Trail High School star who was clocked at 10.53 in the 100-meter event as a sophomore.

Last season, Donley hauled in 45 receptions for 641 yards and eight touchdowns for a high school program that was just in year two of varsity football.

How does he fit in?

Well, last I checked, you can’t teach 4.34 and 10.53 speed.

The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder can pick them up and put them down. He is utilized all over the field at the high school level and this sentiment should hold true once he arrives in Oxford. I anticipate Ole Miss using him in the slot primarily but he can flex out wide as well, creating separation off the line of scrimmage with his elite speed and quickness.

The First-Team All-District performer is sure to factor in almost immediately when he arrives on campus because of his speed, but the guy has strong hands and is a sharp route runner as well. Nix will bring in Donley along with four-star Bralon Brown and three-star Cam Brady, three dudes who are athletic, long, and can really run.