Welcome back Braxton Miller. The one-time Heisman Trophy candidate is back after missing several weeks with a knee injury, but how will the Buckeyes react after they’ve been cruising with backup Kenny Guiton? Both these teams can score, it’s going to be who plays the best defense that will make the difference.
According to Vincent Jackson (Tampa, Fla./Jesuit), the offer apparently came a while ago. He just never confirmed it. And now Ohio State’s offer is out in the open, the 2014 outside linebacker isn’t taking it lightly even though he has offers from no fewer than 33 schools. Monday’s confirmation of the offer — he was also offered by Ole Miss — came without hesitation and it sat well with the 6-foot-3, 245-pound Jackson. While he said he doesn’t have a top group, Alabama, Auburn, Texas A&M and Oregon have stood out.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Defensive end Derek Barnett (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy) looked forward to a meeting this offseason with Drew Richmond (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School). After all, Richmond’s team ended the season for Barnett last November with a one-point win the state-playoff semifinal round. Barnett said he thought he earned a victory over Richmond on Sunday at the Nike Football Training Camp on the home turf of the coveted 2015 offensive tackle.
When Ole Miss offered Watch List offensive lineman Quenton Nelson (Red Bank, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) on Monday, the Rebels became the 29th team to extend a scholarship. As of now, all of them are technically in contention for Nelson’s commitment. That should change by the end of April, however, as Nelson and his family will make several visits in the next few weeks. “I’ll probably narrow it down after I’m finished taking all of my visits,” he said.
Ole Miss isn’t a national, or even regional, power in college football.
The Rebels have been to just three bowls since 2003, and didn’t go to one in 2010 or 2011. They haven’t won a SEC championship since 1963.
National Signing Day is normally pretty predictable. The top college football programs reap a bountiful harvest of high school talent and the lesser-tier teams fight for the leftovers. So when Mississippi emerged with the No. 1 recruit in the country, the top-ranked offensive tackle and the highest-rated wide receiver on Wednesday, there was a Rebel yell in Oxford. Coach Hugh Freeze reeled in a star-studded class to Ole Miss, led by linebacker Robert Nkemdiche, offensive tackle Laremy Tunsell, wide receiver Laquon Treadwell and No. 3-ranked safety Antonio Conner. By most accounts, it not only was the school’s best group of recruits in history, it was among the nation’s consensus top 10 and as high as the top five in several rankings. “It’s unbelievable,” Freeze said. “The guys in this room (current players) have done such a phenomenal job in building relationships with these guys.” It was no surprise, …
Alabama. Ohio State. Michigan. Florida. Notre Dame. Mississippi? Ole Miss muscled in on the powerhouses that usually dominate national signing day, landing some of the most sought-after prospects in the country on college football’s annual first-Wednesday-in-February frenzy.
Ole Miss is on the verge of signing the best class in program history thanks to signatures by the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche and the No. 1 receiving recruit Laquan Treadwell among others.
Coach Urban Meyer raided SEC territory and landed five-star Vonn Bell, a 5-11, 180-pound safety from Georgia who chose the Buckeyes over Tennessee and Alabama.
Ohio State and Ole Miss were attached at the hip today and it had to with the Peach State once again. Both schools offered 2014 cornerback Kalvarez Bessent (Kingsland, Ga./Camden County) along with teammate and junior running back Chris Williams. In 13 games, Bessent made 22 tackles, had six interceptions, knocked down four passes and forced a fumble. Offensively, the 6-foot-1, 170-pound junior carried the ball 60 times for 481 yards and scored five touchdowns.