National Signing Day is quickly approaching and the top unsigned recruits will have their big decisions ahead of them during college football’s version of the NFL Draft.
This year, some of the top recruits in the nation will be choosing between two SEC schools with different standings among the conference.
There are multiple highly touted recruits that have the defending champion Alabama Crimson Tide on their final list of schools — or had strongly considered them during the recruiting process. Who is the other team that is making a major impact? The Ole Miss Rebels. An up and coming team that has landed a number of five-star recruits. National Signing Day could shift the power in the SEC if Ole Miss can outduel ‘Bama down the stretch.
Here are some of the top recruits that have Alabama and Ole Miss among their final teams:
- Robert Nkemdiche, Defensive End
- Tony Conner, Safety
- Laremy Tunsil, Offensive Line
Out of the three recruits mentioned, Ole Miss is the favorite to land both Nkemdiche and Tony Conner. The Rebels have ties to defensive end and safety recruits.
With Conner, he attended South Panola High School, which is a school with deep ties to the conference. South Panola High is located in Batesville, Mississippi and has produced a number of SEC standouts. Among the names SEC fans are familiar with are Deshea Townsend, Derek Pegues, Jamarca Sanford and Peria and John Jerry.
As for Nkemdiche, the top recruit in the nation, he has a blood connection with the Rebels.
Nkemdiche’s brother, Denzel, is a linebacker for Ole Miss and the brothers mother has said that she hopes to watch her two boys play college ball together. It is very likely that this could happen.
If Ole Miss is able to land both Nkemdiche and Conner, they will add to Hugh Freeze’s already amazing recruiting class. Scoring two of the most impressive high school players in the nation could signal a changing of the guard in the Southeastern Conference.
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