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3-star RB Quinshon Judkins commits to Ole Miss over Auburn and Notre Dame

Rebs get their top target at running back.

Kirsten Fiscus-Montgomery Advertiser

Ole Miss have added a crucial piece to their 2022 class now that three-star Pike Road (Ala.) running back Quinshon Judkins has officially announced his verbal commitment to the Rebels.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder chose Ole Miss over Auburn and Notre Dame on the heels of taking official visits to South Bend, Ind. and Oxford, Miss in September.

Judkins also holds notable offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State and Tennessee. The nation’s 30th-ranked running back has run for 2,613 yards and 41 touchdowns his last two seasons, leading Pike Road to back-to-back 11-1 seasons in Alabama’s 5A classification.

This season, Pike Road is off to a 6-0 start behind Judkins exploding back onto the scene after sitting out a few weeks with a quad injury, helping them to an early No. 1 ranking in 5A. In his first two games back, he has run for 240 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 8.3 yards per carry.

Running backs coach Kevin Smith made Judkins his top priority early on and it was enough to fend off the in-state Tigers, Fighting Irish, and several other Power 5 programs.

How does he fit in?

Judkins is an impressive-looking prospect who appears to be the total package with home run speed and lateral quickness that makes him extremely difficult to corral in tight spaces. On top of that, he’s extremely durable, carrying the football 150 times over the course of 12 games and eclipsing the 100-yard mark nine times in 2020 en route to a 5A All-State selection.

He will also be a weapon out in the openfield when he’s not taking handoffs from the quarterback. Judkins is a violent runner with plenty of physicality between the tackles and is not shy when it comes to taking on defenders in the secondary.

Judkins looks built for SEC football already and will be an immediate jolt in the arm for Ole Miss’ running back room, joining Kentrell Bullock, Snoop Conner, and Henry Parrish in 2022.