Ole Miss put the finishing touches on their 2020 Early Signing Day class, finishing with a consensus top-20 class and defeated Indiana in the Outback Bowl last weekend to put the finishing touches on a 5-5 season. And now, they’re getting things going for the 2022 class with the addition of George County (Miss.) athlete Marquez Dortch.
The four-star Mississippi native played both ways for the Rebels of George County, making an impact at both receiver and cornerback. The No. 12 athlete in the country and No. 4 player in the Magnolia State chose Ole Miss over early offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Indiana, and Mississippi State.
As a sophomore, Dortch finished with 280 yards receiving and two touchdowns on offense and three passes defended on defense.
It’s early and we’ll see if the commitment sticks because his offer sheet is almost certainly going to continue to grow and Mississippi State is not going to stop recruiting him. But, with that said, Dortch is close with 2021 Ole Miss signee and George County alum MJ Daniels so he could be wanting to follow his former teammate to Oxford to play with him in the Southeastern Conference.
How does he fit in?
Heading into his senior season, the 6-foot-0, 160-pounder will continue to develop and could almost certainly hit a growth spurt before he signs in 2022. He brings a ton of athleticism and versatility to the proverbial table and continues the trend of two-way players coming to Ole Miss.
On offense, he is incredibly dangerous with the football in his hands in the open field and has the home run speed to pull away from defenders. On defense, his length and ball skills give him a tremendous amount of upside for cornerbacks coach Terrell Buckley. There is a lot to like when you turn on the tape and by the time he gets to campus, the Rebels defensive back room is going to have a ton of competition and talent that will only get him better.