National Signing Day 2013: Ole Miss Recruiting Class Could Signal Changing of the Guard in the SEC

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.

How do you feel about the Ole Miss recruiting class? Should the SEC be put on notice? Let us know your thoughts by leaving us your opinion in the always entertaining comments section.

Tags: Alabama Crimson Tide National Signing Day Ole Miss Rebels Sec Football

  • lsu_fan1

    Except Robert Nkemdiche doesn’t have Alabama on his list of final teams…..

  • Jacob William Yeager

    Derek Pegues Went to Mississippi State… Not Ole Miss….

    • Chuck WhoDat Paris

      He was listing players out of south panola. Pay attention.

  • Ron Pittman

    2 standouts do not make a changing of the guard. Parity, yes. Ole Miss still hasn’t learned how to build a champion. Give em all the 5 stars you want, how will they respond to the challenges and pressures of winning, year in and year out. History has shown Ole Miss to take great talent and make them MEDIOCRE at best.

  • Ron Pittman

    Jury is still out on Nkemdiche…….hope he can live up to the “hype” no matter where he plays.

  • adauth

    It takes more than one good class to build up a program like Ole Miss. You have to do it every year and you have to coach them up with a great coaching staff. I wouldn’t hold my breath on Ole Miss becoming an SEC power.