JACKSON, MS -- The rewards for winning go beyond rankings and bowl receipts for Mississippi. The No. 20 Rebels are cashing in on a recruiting bonanza as well.
Their latest prospect committed Monday, and Ole Miss coach
Houston Nutt is quickly running out of room.
Oral commitments aren't binding and the picture could change by
February 4th. That's the first day recruits can sign national
letters of intent. But a five-game winning streak, an invitation to
the Cotton Bowl and all-America honors for a couple of players have
erased a slow start for Nutt and his coaching staff.
Scout.com ranks Ole Miss' class as the No. 28 group. Rivals.com
calls it the No. 42 class. Both are vast improvements over six
months ago when Nutt had about a half-dozen oral commitments in
A strong performance tomorrow against Texas Tech in the Cotton
Bowl in Dallas might sway some of those players to come to the
Oxford, Mississippi, campus. Priorities for the team are the
offensive line and the secondary. With open slots quickly
disappearing, Nutt finds himself saying no to tempting skill
players in favor of large bodies.
Analysts say it's clear Nutt is willing to go where the talent
is. Five of the six latest commitments come from South Florida.
Others come from Texas, Tennessee, Alabama and Oklahoma. Nutt even has a lineman from North Dakota on the hook.