No one has made a bigger splash this signing day than Ole Miss. But head coach Hugh Freeze isn’t hiding the fact that he had some strong connections to a number of hotshot players and that that made it easier to put this year’s class together:
“Obviously, we had some natural ins to some of the top players it the nation so I think that was very advantageous for us. Certainly without those, would today be what it is? I don’t know. In addition to that our staff did a wonderful job of executing our 12-month plan.
As Newsweek and Forbes Magazine and The Wall Street Journal all report about the great things about our campus, we just always felt like if we could get a group of top players here together on the same weekend and experience Ole Miss for what it really is that we would have a chance.”
He’s referring, in part, to the fact that top defensive end signee Robert Nkemdiche’s brother is already a Rebel. Top safety signee Antonio Connor is a Mississippian who said he felt “more comfortable” playing in his home state. Etc, etc.
Still, there have been many questions about Ole Miss’ meteoric rise into the top five of most major recruiting services’s rankings. Freeze addressed those rumors a few days ago on Twitter. He talked about them again today on ESPNU:
“We had a plan, we executed the plan, we did it with integrity within our staff as we went out. Anytime that’s being attacked I want to respond to it… Certainly, if there’s something going on out there that is against what we stand for I would like to know it. Instead of just because we’re upsetting the apple cart — so to speak — and doing something that hasn’t been done, that’s part of our sale point. ‘Let’s do something together that hasn’t been done.’… It’s unfortunate that people can say whatever they want. And if they have facts, we’d love to hear ‘em.”
And there you have it. If there are any facts to back up the claims of wrongdoing at Ole Miss, the Rebels’ head coach says he’s all ears. If there aren’t, then the fact remains that Mississippi has just had one helluva recruiting haul.