Three Ole Miss Football 2024 recruits who could see significant game time this season

Lake Cormorant   s Kamarion Franklin (5) walks toward a huddle for a timeout during a game against
Lake Cormorant s Kamarion Franklin (5) walks toward a huddle for a timeout during a game against / Stu Boyd II-The Commercial Appeal / USA

Lane Kiffin has been building a super team to compete with the best of the best in college football this season. That doesn't mean some of the true freshmen won't feature in 2024.

With so many quality players coming through the transfer portal for Ole Miss, you would think the true freshmen would be way down the pecking order. The Rebels had a top 20 recruiting class in 2024, with the below names having a chance of seeing significant playing time.

Kamarion Franklin, Defensive End

Kamarion Franklin has the biggest chance of all the 2024 freshmen recruits to gain playing time this season. Franklin could find himself second on the depth chart behind the experienced defensive end Jared Ivey.

Franklin was the top-rated player in the Rebels 2024 recruiting class and has the talent to feature from game one this season. Lane Kiffin isn't afraid of playing freshmen in year one if they show they are capable during spring and fall practices.

New defensive transfer Princely Umanmielen has the ability to play defensive end. However, he will likely split reps with sophomore Suntarine Perkins at the buck position. It could also be the same for Franklin and Ivey at the DE position unless one can distance themselves from the other during practices.

Deion Smith, Wide Receiver

Ole Miss have a talented receiver room, with plenty of experienced players staying for another season. One player who came from JUCO already has a small sample of college football. Deion Smith committed to LSU as a 2021 recruit, featuring in five games, before transferring to Holmes C.C.

Smith dominated in JUCO, showing his skills have not diminished since 2021. It potentially gives him the upper hand over most of the receivers on the depth chart. With his size and speed, Smith can line up at any receiver position for the Rebels. It will be interesting to see how he is used in the offense this season. It would not be a shock to see Smith see the third most snaps behind Tre Harris and Jordan Watkins.

William Echoles, Offensive Lineman

The offensive line had its issues last season, which is why Lane Kiffin addressed the position with valuable transfers. It will be tough for four-star recruit William Echoles to carve a role as a starter for the start of the season. However, it's not out of the question.

Echoles is a future starter who featured at this season's All-American Bowl. A good spring practice could see him push himself into a backup role behind either guard for the season. The offensive line usually suffers injuries during the season, which could push Echoles into a starting role at some point.