Opelika (Ala.) athlete Jarell Stinson was very thorough with his recruitment process after decommitting from Auburn earlier this year. He took visits to Gainesville and Orlando and fielded interest from Florida State, Nebraska, Penn State and Tennessee.
But, it was Ole Miss who caught his eye in July and ended up earning a verbal commitment from him on Wednesday. The three-star, two-way player from the Yellowhammer State chose the Rebels over the aforementioned programs as well as Duke, Kentucky, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt.
Terrell Buckley, Derrick Nix and Chris Partridge all three recruited the state’s 20th-ranked prospect. And with Stinson being the defending 6A outdoor 100-meter (10.52), 200-meter (21.22) and 400-meter (47.74) champion, he allows the Rebels to be awfully flexible with where they use him once he arrives on campus.
As a junior, Stinson made 95 tackles and one interception while also returning nine punts for 126 yards and two touchdowns. He was later named to the 2020 6A All-State team.
How does he fit in?
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound athlete is a big play waiting to happen. He is extremely physical on defense despite a smaller frame, making plays close to the line of scrimmage utilizing his quickness. In pass coverage, he has tremendous ball skills and leaping ability that helps him when he is on an island or when coming off his man to break on a football that is up for grabs over the middle.
One of the most explosive players in the country(2022 Opelika CB Jarell Stinson @JarellStin). Kid is going to have big senior year. #ALLGASDBU @ChadSimmons_ @adamgorney @SWiltfong247 @AL6AFootball @JeremyO_Johnson— ALLGAS TRNG™️⛽️⛽️⛽️ (@ALLGASTRNG) August 21, 2021
Offensively, the track speed allows him to do a lot of things that others can’t whether that is in the passing game, catching footballs in space and making people miss or being a reliable possession receiver in the slot.
Stinson’s athleticism and playmaking ability will be a welcomed addition to the Rebels’ 2022 class that now has four athletes in the commit column. Wherever the newest commit plays, his skill set will be a key cog in helping Ole Miss continue to build quality depth to compete for championships in the SEC.