Nov 28, 2013; Starkville, MS, USA; Mississippi Rebels helmet during the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium. Mississippi State Bulldogs defeat the Mississippi Rebels with a score of 17-10 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

National Signing Day 2014: Grades and Analysis for Ole Miss

The Ole Miss Rebels did not have the same fanfare and hype surrounding signing day in 2014 compared to last year when they landed top recruit Robert Nkemdiche and No. 5 recruit Laremy Tunsil to finish with a top five class, but Hugh Freeze and his staff did another fine job on the recruiting trail in 2014.

The Rebels finished with the nation’s No. 16 class and the No. 9 class in the Southeastern Conference. You can view the entire class here. The class is headlined by a trio of Magnolia State products as Freeze has done a tremendous job of getting the top talent to head to Oxford the last two years.

No. 2 guard Rod Taylor, four-star receiver Markell Pack and four-star safety C.J. Hampton are the marquee names, but junior college transfers Akeem Judd at running back and former Notre Dame commit Tee Shepard at cornerback will be early-impact performers.

Defensive linemen Breeland Speaks and Garrald McDowell turned down LSU to come to Ole Miss and should provide depth initially to a defensive line that was hurt by injuries and lack of depth in 2013.

Most important, Freeze and Ole Miss showed that last year wasn’t a fluke and the Rebels can be a major player on the recruiting trail and can compete with the SEC elite.

Grade: B+

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