It’s been a whirlwind of a weekend for Ole Miss and head coach Lane Kiffin. Four-star defensive lineman Jacarius Clayton committed to the Rebels on Friday and three-star offensive linemen Preston Cushman and Timi Gagophien followed suit on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
And now, Ole Miss has added yet another piece to the 2022 class now that three-star Tylertown (Miss.) wide receiver Jeremiah Dillon has verbally committed to Kiffin. The talented pass-catcher and track star chose the Rebs over notable offers from Dartmouth, Houston, Kentucky, Memphis, Tulane, Virginia and Yale.
Dillon has been clocked as fast as 10.53 in the 100-meter dash and 21.45 in the 200-meter dash. Earlier this year, Dillon finished second at the Mississippi 3A state meet in both the 100 (10.66) and 200 (21.57). As a junior on the gridiron at Parklane Academy (Miss.), Dillon finished with 23 receptions, 380 yards and five touchdowns.
He has since transferred to Tylertown High School for his senior season.
Dillon spoke with Justin Rowland of Cats Illustrated about Ole Miss over the weekend before his decision was public and he had this to say about the Rebels:
It’s an in-state school and they’ve had guys like DK Metcalf, A.J. Brown, Elijah Moore, and guys like that. They’re kind of established on the wide receiver end. Then you’ve got Lane Kiffin who came through the Alabama program. They’re not too far from home. If you want to stay close to home, there you go, right in Oxford.
How does he fit in?
Dillon is a legitimate home run threat with his track speed. As you can see in his film below, he takes the top off the defense with ease, gliding past defenders and galloping to the end zone after making the catch. His route running will naturally get better over time once he gets into a Power 5 system but you simply cannot teach the separation and speed that he possesses in the open field.
He is currently 6-foot-2 and 175-pounds, but with legitimate 10.52 100-meter dash speed, he could add some good weight and still maintain his best weapon.