MEMPHIS - People who live and breathe college football recruiting for a living can't recall if they've seen anything like it.
"I don't think even (Kentucky coach) John Calipari in basketball has done what Hugh Freeze has a chance to do, and that's get three of the top three players in the country at their positions," said JD Shurburtt, national recruiting director for 247sports.com. "You might have to go back to Michigan signing the Fab Five in basketball (in 1991) to find anything comparable."
A 7-6 season in Freeze's first year as Rebels' head coach last season has apparently placed his program on a speeding train toward the top of the various recruiting service standings. With signing day on Wednesday, Ole Miss, not far removed from the 2010-11 seasons when it was a combined 1-15 in the SEC, has a solid chance to have its first top 10 recruiting class.
Freeze has a commitment from five-star wide receiver Laquoin Treadwell, ranked as Rivals.com best high school receiver in the nation. Already enrolled in school at Ole Miss is defensive tackle Lavon Hooks, the nation's No. 1 junior college prospect according to 247sports.com. And Wednesday at about sunrise, Freeze is hoping defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, ranked by every recruiting service as the nation's No. 1 recruit, will join his younger brother Denzel, one of the SEC's best freshmen last year as an Ole Miss seek-and-destroy linebacker.
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