Lane Kiffin never sleeps when it comes to the Portal. The Ole Miss football program picked up a couple of transfers this past week in Tulane defensive back Jadon Canady and UFC defensive back Justin Hodges.
If you thought transfer portal season was over, you’d be sadly mistaken. A popular destination due to head coach Lane Kiffin’s strategy of bringing in experienced college transfers, A pair of defensive backs have announced they will be coming to Oxford.
The first of the duo to announce his intent to join the Ole Miss football program is Tulane transfer cornerback Jadon Canady. As a freshman in 2021, Canady played in 12 games for Tulane, finishing fourth on the team in total tackles with 55. He also grabbed a pair of interceptions.
This past year in 2022 he appeared in seven games before his season was cut short due to a knee injury. Coming out of high school Canady was a three-star prospect according to 247Sports and was ranked as one of the nation’s Top 150 cornerbacks.
Shortly after Canady’s commitment announcement, 6’2, 175-pound cornerback Justin Hodges followed suit. Hodges spent the previous three seasons at UCF where he compiled 78 tackles and two interceptions as a member of the Knights.
Earlier this year Hodges was arrested for home invasion and subsequently dismissed from the Knights football program. The charges were later dropped allowing him to enter the transfer portal and continue his college career elsewhere.
Like Canady, Hodges was also a three-star prospect leaving high school in the class of 2020 out of Western High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was rated as the Number 121 cornerback in the country and the 226th player overall in the state of Florida by 247Sports.
Ole Miss football has now landed 10 transfer commitments since January, including four defensive backs as they try to rebuild a depleted secondary after the outgoing transfers of Davison Igbinosun and Tysheem Johnson.