Ole Miss Football: Which Recruits Were At The Bama Game

Sep 17, 2016; Oxford, MS, USA; Mississippi Rebels quarterback Chad Kelly (10) runs the ball during the second quarter of the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

The Ole Miss football team lost to Alabama on Saturday, but despite the loss, they set themselves up for success regarding multiple recruits.

Ole Miss played a football game in Oxford this weekend in front of a record crowd. Among that crowd, there were multiple star recruits in attendance.

Ole Miss has proven to be successful with recruits when they visit Oxford. This year’s class will be the one to make or break that belief.

Under the veil of a NCAA investigation, Ole Miss recruiting has settled down and been lackluster so far. The team has taken a lot of JUCO guys early on.

The class is being led by two linebackers so far. 4* Willie Gay and 3* Josh Clarke are the top commitments for the Rebels.

To go along with Clarke and Gay, 4* WR DD Bowie from Morton is also committed to Ole Miss.

Even with these big time commitments, the class is ranked 30th in the nation, which is ranked 11th in the SEC.

Ole Miss is ahead of Kentucky, Missouri, and Vanderbilt in the recruiting rankings. The Rebels are behind every other SEC team.

While the NCAA investigation has hindered the class so far, it is also early in the cycle. The Rebels have the time to improve the class and move back into the top 5 of the SEC.

Here are the top-ranked visitors from the past weekend’s game. Expect some more big-time recruits to be in Oxford next weekend as well.

Ole Miss plays Georgia on Saturday at 11AM.

Cam Akers – ★★★★★ – RB/QB/ATH

Cam Akers is the top priority for multiple schools in the country. Ole Miss has him at #1 on their big board this year.

The running back is ranked 8th in the country as a player. Akers is from Clinton, MS and is the star of that team.

Ole Miss needs Cam Akers. If you watch the offense that Ole Miss brings to the table every week, they really need Cam Akers on that team.

An offense surrounding Shea Patterson, Cam Akers, AJ Brown, and DK Metcalf could do some real damage in the SEC if they can pick up some big time offensive lineman to go along with it.

A lot of Ole Miss “insiders” are reporting that Ole Miss is the favorite for Cam Akers, especially after this weekend.

All summer he was the recruit that was saying “I will wait” when asked about the NCAA investigation, but it seems now that Akers understands what the investigation has become.

If Akers was to commit to Ole Miss today, the class will move up to 9th in the SEC and will jump Arkansas and Mississippi State.

Trey Smith – ★★★★★ – OT

Trey Smith is currently leaning towards committing to Tennessee due to his sister working on the Volunteer’s football team. But despite all of that, Smith is still considering Ole Miss and the Rebels are a real threat to take Smith from the Vols.

Smith arrived in Oxford over the weekend and took in the environment of the game and the campus.

Ole Miss needs Trey Smith to help bolster the offensive line, but I don’t think the Rebels can pull him from the Vols.

Smith could go all the way to National Signing Day and it would not surprise me if he commits and decommits from a school before this is all over.

Outside of Smith, the Rebels are recruiting 5-star OT Walker Little as well to help out the offensive line.

Little was not seen at the Ole Miss-Alabama game.

LaBryan Ray – ★★★★ – DE

Ray is a 4-star defensive end out of Alabama. Pulling him out of the state will be a tough deal for Freeze and company, but the end is showing some considerable interest in Ole Miss.

The 6-foot-4 defensive end has Ole Miss in his top 6, which is always a good thing.

Ray would be a monster on the line with Benito Jones and the other young guys next season. Add in Ray and that Landshark D-Line is a force again.

Chris Kiffin is most likely the recruiter for Ray, which always bodes well for the Rebels as he usually pulls in some elite talent.

Ray will be a battle to watch all the way to National Signing Day. The Rebels have a real chance at landing him, but will have to work at beating out Alabama.

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