As spring football is just around the corner Ole Miss football has eleven new enrollees who are ready to hit the practice field.
Ole Miss football has already reaped one of the benefits of the early signing period for recruiting. The Rebels have six early enrollees who were also a part of the recruits which signed LOIs on December 20th. In addition coach Matt Luke and staff also have five walk-on players who also just finished their first week of classes in Oxford.
This is very good for the Ole Miss program in a number of ways. However, mainly it adds eleven new players to the roster who will be available in school and on campus for spring football practice. Of course, its beneficial to the growth of the team as well as the growth of each individual player. Also, having those extra weeks of practice takes up the learning curve for many younger skill players before fall practice pressure sets it.
Of course, with scholarship limitations brought on by NCAA sanctions the walk-on players pick up the slack and help provide depth to a depleted roster. Not to mention having a skilled player who wants to be a part of Ole Miss football is an asset. We’ll take a look at the eleven players who are now officially Ole Miss Rebels.
Early Signees On Campus
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Ole Miss football has five early enrollees who signed December 20th on campus and officially part of the Ole Miss family. Quarterback Matt Corral of Long Beach California, wide receiver Demarcus Gregory of Duncan South Carolina and running back Isaiah Woullard of Ellisville are all on campus. Corral and Gregory are the only three high-school early signees enrolled.
Vernon Dasher of Baxley Georgia, Hal Northern of Tunicam and Scottie Phillips of Ellisville are also all on campus and in class. They are all former JUCO players who signed LOIs in the early signing period.
Being on the field thru spring practices will greatly benefit all these players but especially Corral and Gregory. Of course, Corral will have a chance to learn the Phil Longo offense sooner and Gregory will have a chance to develop into his spot with the WR group. Woullard should be able to get some valuable time in the Longo backfield.
Of course, being transplanted away from home can cause a transition period for incoming freshmen which won’t be a distraction for them during fall practice. Naturally with Dasher, Northern and Phillips being former JUCO players the learning curve won’t be quite as great.
The Early Walk-ons
The walk-on athlete is the most valuable part of any football program. As stated before, it’s an asset to have talented athletes who want to be a part of your football team. Of course the amount of energy and dedication a walk-on player brings to the team is unparalleled. This spring will see five new walk-on players who could help this team in tremendous ways.
- Jacob Carter, QB, Pontotoc
- James Coley, DL, Natchez
- Ryan Drew, WR, Crystal Springs
- Jack Cooper, K/P Fresno, California
- John Lewis, P, Burnside, Kentucky
Of course, we are happy to have these walk-on players on the Ole Miss football roster early. We are also happy to have them as part of the Ole Miss family and look forward to their success. Thank you for choosing Ole Miss and good luck as Rebels.
Naturally we are ready for the beginning of spring practice to get a good look at these new additions to the Rebels roster. Of course, spring practice always culminates into the annual Grove Bowl which marks the end of spring drills. Be sure to stay tuned for more football news from OHT. Hotty Toddy!