No academic casualties are expected as Ole Miss gets ready for preseason camp.
That’s good news for a class that was ranked No. 22 in the country, No. 9 in the SEC, according to the industry-generated 247Sports.com composite list.
The most anticipated signee may be five-star running back Jerrion Ealy of Jackson Prep. Matt Luke had to get past the Major League Baseball draft to know for sure that Ealy would join the Rebels.
“I think Jerrion loved Ole Miss, and he was one of our first commitments in this class. I think he wanted to be there. Obviously if there was an opportunity for him to take care of his family for the rest of his life he was going to take it, but fortunately it worked out for us,” Luke said.
None of the signees who did not enroll early for spring drills are a part of the official preseason depth chart. There’s a big plan for Ealy that involves a lot of different places in the offense.
“He can do so many different things. He can line up in the slot, he can line up in the backfield, he can catch balls out of the backfield, he can run speed sweeps. We look forward to finding ways to get him the ball in space.”
At times last season after injuries set in Ole Miss was competing with scholarship player numbers in the 60s.
After signing day, Luke was able to get his numbers up to 85. After some off-season shuffling that number is 84 right now.
Linebackers Kevontae Ruggs and Josh Clarke left the program, and Luke was able to put kicker Luke Logan and punter Mac Brown on scholarship.