Ole Miss football has entered LANDSHARKweek. A week to celebrate the Rebels defense and some of the recruits the team is targeting.
Previously on Twitter, I have done a quick little highlight on two current defensive players on Ole Miss’ football team. I figured I might as well add-on to that and do two current players as well as two that the Rebels are recruiting in the same position.
As I’ve already done the highlight of the current players on Twitter, I’ll start out by just doing the recruits of those positions and then do today’s #LANDSHARKweek players to go with today’s recruits.
On Sunday, I highlighted redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Breeland Speaks and redshirt senior defensive end Fadol Brown. Here are the recruits in their same position:
Markell Winters: Markell is currently committed to Ole Miss out of Jones County CC (MS). he stands 6’4 260 lbs. and plays strong-side defensive end like Fadol.
Strongside isn’t used as much in pass rushing as it is used to help lock down that side in rushing situations. He is a three-star and is solid in his commitment.
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Marvin Wilson: Marvin is a five-star defensive tackle out of Episcopal, TX and is teammates with Walker Little who is four-star offensive tackle also being recruited by Ole Miss. At 6’4 320 lbs. Marvin, like Breeland, is very athletic for his size.
In the Ole Miss defense, the defensive tackle needs to be a player who can not only defend the run, but can also disrupt the passer. Robert Nkemdiche excelled in this role and Breeland has proven he is talented as well. Could Marvin be the next one in line?
On Monday, I highlighted Junior linebacker Demarquis Gates and Senior Husky Tony Connor.
Willie Gay: At 6’2 215 pounds, Gay is very similar in build as Gates. Gay is being recruited to play the stinger like gates does, which is a pass-rushing linebacker in the Rebel defense.
Although currently committed to Ole Miss, Gay is from Starkville (MS) and the pull of playing Mississippi State will be something to watch until signing day. Gay is a four-star linebacker.
C. J. Avery: Avery is being recruited to play the husky position in the Ole Miss defense. The husky is a hybrid safety/linebacker and like Tony, Avery is a perfect fit. Avery stands 6’1 195 pounds and is as chiseled as a high school senior can get. He excels in pass coverage as well as run stopping and that versatility is what makes him such a hot commodity.
He is a high priority for programs such as Tennessee, Clemson, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State, among others. He is a four-star prospect from Grenada, MS and plans to announce his decision later this summer.
For today, the current players that will be featured are Victor Evans and Kendarius Webster
Victor Evans: Victor is a redshirt sophomore defensive end who can play strong-side or weak-side defensive end. At 6’5 255 pounds, that versatility should serve well for the Rebels this season.
In 2015, Victor played more and more throughout the season and even played outside linebacker against LSU when Marquis Haynes wasn’t in the game. He’s very talented and I see him continuing to gain more playing time this year. Victor was lightly recruited out of Skyline, TX and chose Ole Miss over TCU.
Bryan Jones: The recruit comparison for Victor, is current Ole Miss commit and four-star defensive end Bryan Jones out of Madison Prep Academy (LA). Jones chose Ole Miss over a host of big offers including USC, Texas, Texas A&M, and Miami.
Jones is 6’5 249 pounds and with added weight, has the versatility to play all along the defensive line. Not only is he 6’5 but he has massive length and I could see him being able to play for the Rebels easily, at around 275 pounds.
Kendarius Webster: Kendarius has been playing significant snaps at cornerback for the Rebels since his freshman season. Out of Stockbridge (GA), the Junior has been a vital cog to the landshark defense and will look to take a step forward this year with quality depth behind him.
Although Webster catches a lot of flack from some fans, I personally love his game and think he is one of the top corners in the SEC. Webster was clocked at a 4.43 in workouts by the Ole Miss staff which makes him the fourth fastest on the roster behind Carlos Davis (4.33), AJ Moore (4.40), and Quincy Adeboyejo (4.41).
A. J. Harris: Harris is a 6’0 190 pound corner from Bob Jones (AL). Although a three-star, AJ holds big time offers from Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Tennessee, and more. From speaking with AJ, he tells me that he is high on Ole Miss which is great considering our cornerback depth and seniors graduating (Tony Bridges, Kailo Moore, and Carlos Davis).
If the Rebels were to add Harris, it would upgrade the Rebel cornerbacks significantly and he would compete for immediate playing time.
Tomorrow, I will add two more recruits and current players for #LANDSHARKweek.