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Ole Miss Lands Commitment From #1 Overall JUCO Wide Receiver Deion Smith.

Lane Kiffin and Jaxson Dart gain a potentially elite weapon for 2024.

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On Monday night, Ole Miss landed a commitment from wide receiver Deion Smith, currently ranked as the #1 junior college prospect regardless of position. At Jackson (MS) Academy, Smith was ranked as a top 100 prospect in the 2021 class, choosing LSU over Ole Miss. Smith showed promise in a reserve role as a freshman at LSU, before leaving for Holmes Community College. For the last two years, Smith has absolutely torn apart the junior college ranks, averaging 133 receiving yards per game in 2023.

Deion Smith’s commitment comes on the same day Dayton Wade announced he would leave Ole Miss for the NFL after the Peach Bowl. Wade was the Rebels’ second-most productive receiver in terms of yards and touchdowns, trailing Tre Harris, who is also widely expected to go pro.

Smith could be considered the leading candidate to fill the role played by Tre Harris this year; even with a couple of solid portal additions at wide receiver, Smith could end up as the #1 guy.

Listed at 6’4 and around 200 lbs, Smith has pretty much every physical attribute you’d want in a wide receiver. He has excellent speed, makes difficult catches look effortless, runs well after the catch, and generally gets good separation on his routes.

Smith is actually the second JUCO receiver Ole Miss is bringing in for the 2024 class, having already secured a commitment from Marquis Willis, another big-bodied receiver with elite athleticism.

With the transfer portal officially open this week, and with early signing day for high school and junior college prospects approaching (December 20), expect a lot to happen over the next few weeks; we’ll be doing our best to keep up.