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In the lead-up to National Signing Day, there isn’t a single program in college football that remains as interesting as the...wait for it... Ole Miss Rebels.
No, that’s not a typo as Hugh Freeze and his staff have already secured commitments from a number of the top high school players in the country, and are waiting to hear from a number more between and next Wednesday. It’s safe to say these are heady times in Oxford.
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And thankfully on Wednesday, I was lucky enough to have Ole Miss beat writer Hugh Kellenberger stop by to discuss it all. Hugh has been on the Ole Miss beat for several years at the Jackson Clarion-Ledger and has seen the evolution of this program first-hand. He and I discussed the following topics:
- Hugh and I discuss the evolution of this program in the transition from Houston Nutt to Hugh Freeze. Hugh Kellenberger explains why an early season loss to Texas was the first sign that things were different in Oxford. No, the Rebels didn’t win, but they played hard until the final whistle. It wasn’t they hadn’t done in the previous season under Nutt or at any other point in recent memory.
- Hugh explains what it is about Hugh Freeze’s personality that endears him so much to players, and why they play so hard for him. Hugh says that Freeze’s confidence in himself and his team has convinced the players to “buy in” into what he and his staff are teaching.
- Moving to recruiting, Hugh talks about the banner weekend the Rebels just concluded. On that weekend, top players Robert Nkemdiche (defensive end), Laremy Tunsil (offensive tackle) and Laquon Treadwell (wide receiver) were all on campus, as well as Chris Jones, a top defensive end who had previously is currently committed to the Rebels rival, Mississippi State.
- Hugh talks about the role that Treadwell and other committed players have had in “recruiting” fellow players to Ole Miss.
- Finally, Hugh wraps up by discussing what to expect on Signing Day and what might be ahead for the 2013 Rebels.
Folks if college football recruiting is your thing, then there is no more interesting program in the sport right now than Hugh Freeze’s Ole Miss Rebels. They will be a force to be reckoned with come Signing Day, so why not get ahead of the game and get caught up on what they’re doing right now?
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Finally I want to thank Hugh for his time, and encourage you to follow him on Twitter @HKellenbergerCL. And of course, I want to thank you for taking the time to listen to the show.
Until next time…