Ole Miss Football Receive Commitment From Former Running Back Henry Parrish as Expected

Sep 1, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Hurricanes running back Henry Parrish Jr. (21) runs
Sep 1, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Hurricanes running back Henry Parrish Jr. (21) runs / Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

As expected, former Ole Miss Football running back Henry Parrish has committed back to the Rebels.

It is evident to most Ole Miss fans that head coach Lane Kiffin would bring in at least one running back during the spring transfer portal. Also, everybody presumed it would be former Rebel RB Henry Parrish.

However, when former New Mexico running back Jacory Croskey-Merritt, questions were raised about whether Parrish could look at other options. That was not the case, as Parrish committed to the Rebels on April 22 after weeks of reports that he would.

The Ole Miss running back room looks in a perfect position, having taken a hit before the portal opened. With LSU transfer Logan Diggs set to miss at least a big chunk of the season, Kiffin and running back coach Kevin Smith have just one healthy RB with experience: Ulysses Bentley.

With three healthy and experienced running backs now on the roster, Kiffin and Smith will feel more relaxed, especially with the arrival of Parrish, who has played under both caches before. It also means Diggs can steadily rehab from his knee injury. 

Where Does Sophomore Running Back Kedrick Reescano Fit?

Sophomore running back Kedrick Reescano was expected to play some part of the season at running back when Quinshon Judkins left the program. However. With three veteran RBs arriving after his departure, what does it mean for Reescano this season?

Going into his second season with the Rebels, Reescano could still play a vital role for Ole Miss. The sophomore didn't see action at running back last season. However, he did play a role on special teams. He will likely do that again in 2024 while being a deep backup in case any unfortunate injuries hit the running back room

Kiffin could believe having more experience in the running back room would benefit a playoff run. However, bringing these players in does not mean Reescano can't carve out a more significant role. A good showing could force his way up the depth chart with fall camp on the horizon.