Back in 2013, the Ole Miss Rebels thought they were on their way towards the upper echelon of the SEC.
After a promising 2012 season under head coach Hugh Freeze, the Rebels signed one of the top 10 recruiting classes in the country, headlined by the nation’s top-overall player, 5-star defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, the country’s top offensive line, 5-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, the top wide receiver, 5-star Laquon Treadwell and the country’s second-ranked safety prospect, 5-star Tony Conner.
Although the Rebels had their ups during the 2013 season, they ended the regular season on a poor note, falling to the rival Mississippi State Bulldogs before taking down the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.
They signed another solid recruiting class in 2014, led by 5-star offensive guard Roderick Taylor and 4-star wide receiver Markell Pack, but it couldn’t compete with the class they signed in 2013. Now the Rebels are trying to put together another elite class in 2014 that will allow them to possibly compete with the likes of the Alabama Crimson Tide, Auburn Tigers and LSU Tigers in the SEC West.
The Rebels entered Wednesday with five commitments headlined by two 4-star prospects, running back Eric Swinney and athlete Willie Hibbler.
In the afternoon, they added their sixth commitment when they received a pledge from 3-star wide receiver LaMichael Pettway. The 6’3, 200-pounder is from Nashville, Arkansas and attends Nashville High School. He is ranked as the country’s 56th-best athlete prospect, the ninth-best overall prospect in the state of Arkansas and the 602nd-best overall prospect in the class of 2015, according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.
Pettway holds offers from the Alabama Crimson Tide and hometown Arkansas Razorbacks, among others. It was believed he would choose one of those two schools, so this commitment was a bit of a surprise.