Ole Miss are using the transfer portal to good effect, grabbing another player for defensive coordinator Pete Golding's defense. Earlier today, Oklahoma transfer Key Lawrence committed to the Rebels.
Lane Kiffin has utilised the transfer portal, as he usually does since the rules changed a few seasons ago. Today, Kiffin picked up his fifth commitment from the transfer portal, with the addition of Oklahoma transfer Key Lawrence.
Key Lawrence is the fourth Rebels commitment from the transfer portal by a defensive player. Last week, the top linebacker from the transfer portal, Chris Paul Jr. was joined by cornerback Tahveon Nicolson at Ole Miss. Lawrence became the second safety to commit to the Rebels this week, with Louis Moore transferring in from Indiana a few days ago.
Key Lawrence was one of the top recruits from the 2020 class, rated as a four-star prospect and the number six safety by 247sports. Lawrence redshirted in his freshman season. In the last three seasons at Oklahoma, Lawrence has registered 148 tackles, six forced fumbles, three interceptions and ten pass break-ups.
Lawrence had his first official visit to Ole Miss just one day after it was announced he had hit the transfer portal. The experienced defensive back could face his former team, Oklahoma in week 9 of the 2024 season, with the Sooners coming into Oxford.
Ole Miss defensive coordinator Pete Golding will be thrilled with the transfer, adding to an already talented defense. Kiffin and Glding know if they want to challenge the likes of Alabama and Georgia for the SEC title next season, they need the defense to be stronger in 2024.
This isn't the end of transfers coming into Oxford. Expect more announcements in the coming weeks for Ole Miss. The "Portal King" has the momentum, with no sign of stopping.