Momentum is a funny thing in sports, everyone wants it but you work like crazy to find it. Obviously Alabama and Nick Saban have it, but other schools around the SEC are starting to find it and one may surprise you. Ole Miss is having a strong recruiting year following a winning season and a bowl victory. Throw in an egg bowl thumping of arch rival Mississippi State and the Rebels are feeling really good right now. The fact of the matter is they should feel good under Hugh Freeze. He came in with an offensive and defensive system that maximized their best players. They had very few injuries and he got the most out of a hungry football team.
Freeze was noted as a great recruiter but I am not sure the Rebels have ever landed a class like this one, even under recruiting Guru Ed Orgeron. Time will tell if this is the case, however on the front end it looks really good. Many expect Ole Miss to land five star prospect Robert Nkemdiche which would put the icing on a terrific year.They have already received a commitment from elite receiver Laquon Treadwell out of Illinois.USC with Lane Kiffen is the only school with six losses ranked ahead of the Rebels in every recruiting poll. Of course USC should get the pick of the litter in California so this is nothing to be ashamed of. Actually in one recruiting service poll the Rebels are ranked higher than FSU, Oklahoma and Nebraska. Its good to be Hugh Freeze right now and this will be a fun team to watch in 2013.
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There are 23 SEC players at the senior bowl this week and couple of others (Marcus LattimoreTyrann Mathieu) that are there talking with people. I said earlier this week that I thought it was a big week for Georgia nose tackle John Jenkins and Florida running back Mike Gillislee. I think both have had good weeks from what I have heard so far and Jenkins could be a steal in the 2ndround. With so many defenses wanting a big nose tackle, Jenkins could provide the first and second down guy many NFL teams are looking for. He was forced to play more snaps in the last four games of the season because of the injury to Abry Jones and I think that hurt his productivity. He did register 14 quarterback hurries this season. Gillislee has to show the burst at the second level that we did see many times for the Gators this season. I would think scouts will be impressed with his work ethic but may want him to carry more weight (207 lb at weigh in) at the combine. Remember a lot of these guys have been participating in the in season weight program at their schools which helps maintain strength and prevent injury. You will see a lot of guys get bigger, stronger and faster the next eight weeks for the combine and pro days prior to the April NFL draft.