Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze has rest of SEC in a tizzy

Pittsburgh head coach Paul Chryst, left, congratulates Mississippi head coach Hugh Freeze following the BBVA Compass Bowl NCAA college football game at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. Mississippi won 38-17. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Pittsburgh head coach Paul Chryst, left, congratulates Mississippi head coach Hugh Freeze following the BBVA Compass Bowl NCAA college football game at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. Mississippi won 38-17. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

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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underthehill writes:

The SEC keeps getting tougher and tougher..this is a team Vandy beat last year..and Vandy is having a good recruiting class..and even KY is having a decent recruiting year..but even so..no one has a reason to be critical of Jones as I see it..he came into a bad situation and I believe he is doing the best he can..and still may have a good class..hope he does it..

rtrchatt writes:

Vols need to avoid these guys for a few yrs. Another SEC loss in the making.....

jimr07 writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

Vols need to avoid these guys for a few yrs. Another SEC loss in the making.....

Such a positive post.

traderjoe writes:

Hey, what are you talking about? We just scarfed up another 3 star...stole him right out from East Carolina. How bout them apples? Can you imagine how difficult it was to get a guy to come to TN who had a scholarship opportunity to East Carolina? That's recruiting and dats wat I'm talking bout. LOL

Wow, we're going to be the gnats in the SEC. Ok, give CJ some time...this is the 1st time he's been in the big league and he's used to recruiting up north...but he's the best and we've got the best coaching staff in the country so it's only a matter of TIMEEEEE. Don't know how in the heck the new Auburn coach got a top 20 recruiting class. Must be some luck involved. At least that Auburn guy didn't get our East Carolina guy.

tnvol4ever writes:

Despite Auburn Tattoo, Foster Commits To Alabama.
Only in Alabubba!

http://espn.go.com/college-sports/rec...

Shake_Bake writes:

in response to traderjoe:

Hey, what are you talking about? We just scarfed up another 3 star...stole him right out from East Carolina. How bout them apples? Can you imagine how difficult it was to get a guy to come to TN who had a scholarship opportunity to East Carolina? That's recruiting and dats wat I'm talking bout. LOL

Wow, we're going to be the gnats in the SEC. Ok, give CJ some time...this is the 1st time he's been in the big league and he's used to recruiting up north...but he's the best and we've got the best coaching staff in the country so it's only a matter of TIMEEEEE. Don't know how in the heck the new Auburn coach got a top 20 recruiting class. Must be some luck involved. At least that Auburn guy didn't get our East Carolina guy.

I understand your point, but watch the tapes of Jabo Lee before you pass judgement on him. Pretty good looking running back in my opinion, he is small, but he is fast and shows good vision in running the ball. Could be a real sleeper,...you just never know. I wonder if the coaches went after him, because they don't think we will get Ford?

underthehill writes:

in response to traderjoe:

Hey, what are you talking about? We just scarfed up another 3 star...stole him right out from East Carolina. How bout them apples? Can you imagine how difficult it was to get a guy to come to TN who had a scholarship opportunity to East Carolina? That's recruiting and dats wat I'm talking bout. LOL

Wow, we're going to be the gnats in the SEC. Ok, give CJ some time...this is the 1st time he's been in the big league and he's used to recruiting up north...but he's the best and we've got the best coaching staff in the country so it's only a matter of TIMEEEEE. Don't know how in the heck the new Auburn coach got a top 20 recruiting class. Must be some luck involved. At least that Auburn guy didn't get our East Carolina guy.

Signing this player moved UT up to #24 in Rivals team rankings..with only 18 players ..UT could move quite a bit higher by signing 4 or 5 more players due to having a quality player ranking of 3.22..Vandy has about 24 players with a quality player ranking of 3.08..so it is possible ..and seems likely to me..that UT will end up with a higher ranked class than Vandy..which..I think would be a major accomplishment for Jones..given the circumstances....and information on this guy indicates he runs a 4.4 forty..at 180 lbs.. he might add about 10 and be a real sleeper

underthehill writes:

in response to Shake_Bake:

I understand your point, but watch the tapes of Jabo Lee before you pass judgement on him. Pretty good looking running back in my opinion, he is small, but he is fast and shows good vision in running the ball. Could be a real sleeper,...you just never know. I wonder if the coaches went after him, because they don't think we will get Ford?

Ford was listed as a 3* when he was a Vandy committ..

underthehill writes:

I think our bama AD is the worse thing that could have happened at UT at a time when the need to unite the fan base is at an all time high..however..that is no reason not to give Butch Jones respect and time to judge him on what he does..not what Dooley done..as I see it ..Jones has done nothing for any reasonable person to be critical..when he does..let us know..right now..he appears to be doing all he can to make the most of a situation that is far worse than any UT fan would have ever thought it could be...

Snapshot writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

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Is it true you are the bitter, less talented brother of legendary Vol Richmond Flowers?

Talk about an alternate reality, YOU are living in one, dude! Fulmer is gone, he is not the coach anymore, he is not coming back. Deal with it!

CoverOrange writes:

This is Freeze's second class and CBJ's first. I don't remember much noise about Freeze last year. We can throw comparable stones next year.

CoverOrange writes:

And as for Auburn, recruits know the difference between Auburn with Malzahn and without Malzahn. Pretty effective recruiting tool right there.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

And as for Auburn, recruits know the difference between Auburn with Malzahn and without Malzahn. Pretty effective recruiting tool right there.

Chizik was the one who did all the work to get this class..Gus just reinforced what was there

jhncpps1 writes:

in response to traderjoe:

Hey, what are you talking about? We just scarfed up another 3 star...stole him right out from East Carolina. How bout them apples? Can you imagine how difficult it was to get a guy to come to TN who had a scholarship opportunity to East Carolina? That's recruiting and dats wat I'm talking bout. LOL

Wow, we're going to be the gnats in the SEC. Ok, give CJ some time...this is the 1st time he's been in the big league and he's used to recruiting up north...but he's the best and we've got the best coaching staff in the country so it's only a matter of TIMEEEEE. Don't know how in the heck the new Auburn coach got a top 20 recruiting class. Must be some luck involved. At least that Auburn guy didn't get our East Carolina guy.

Chris Johnson came out of East Carolina. Just because someone is a little off the radar doesn't mean that they can't be a good player...Zach Rogers was a 3 star receiver but while he wasn't the most talented receiver on the team, he was probably the most reliable receiver we had last year

Orangeblood13 writes:

real gems on the comments here
wow

traderjoe writes:

in response to jhncpps1:

Chris Johnson came out of East Carolina. Just because someone is a little off the radar doesn't mean that they can't be a good player...Zach Rogers was a 3 star receiver but while he wasn't the most talented receiver on the team, he was probably the most reliable receiver we had last year

You're right of course. Star rankings are not destiny, just probablities based on prior performance, speed and size. We should pay little attention to them.

Take this guy for example. Why would anyone waste their time chasing him:
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/14...

Reuben Foster to Alabama: Crimson Tide Land 5-Star ILB Recruit By Ryan Rudnansky(Featured Columnist) on February 4, 2013 30,599 reads
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Ranked as the top inside linebacker in the 2013 class and a 5-star recruit by 247Sports, Reuben Foster has signed with Alabama, according to Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports:

The 6'1", 240-pound inside linebacker is considered the top overall recruit from the state of Alabama and the No. 7 overall prospect in the 2013 class, according to 247Sports' composite rankings.

It's no wonder that multiple big-time programs were after Foster from the start, as he figures to be one of the better downhill tacklers and hardest hitters in the class. His power, speed and size make him an imposing defender, and his burst and instincts could make him a complete linebacker capable of making tackles across the field.

Foster not only displays eye-opening physical attributes, but his technique is also strong, as he uses his arms well to shed opposing linemen while taking precise angles to the ball. In addition, he shows surprising fluidity when pursuing the ball.

The result is a defender who can simply knock ball-carriers and offensive linemen backward with his strength and leverage, while also displaying the speed to get around them.

If there is an area of improvement for the explosive defender, his coverage skills could use some work, but he certainly has the burst to be an asset in that department as well.

This is a prospect who can not only be a disruptive force on defense, but also a dynamic special teams player. There isn't a whole lot not to like about Foster, and he figures to make an impact right away at the next level for Nick Saban's Crimson Tide.

All blarney of course. I'm sure our guy can run around him or through him. Bama better come up with some better talent than this guy.

traderjoe writes:

According to this article, this is why we will have the #1 recruiting class this year...won't we?

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/15...

Tennessee’s football program moved into its newly built Football Training Center during the 2012 season and with over 145,000 square feet of wow- factor, recruits would be hard-pressed not to be bowled over.

The Vols' new football training home base includes state-of-the-art facilities for meetings, training, rehab, weight lifting, practice, dining and well, yes, entertainment.

After checking out the video link included above it’s difficult to make a solid argument that Tennessee does not have the best facilities in the entire nation.

As far as the latest gauge of the Center’s influence on recruits, Rivals.com currently has the Tennessee class of 2013 ranked at No. 32.

Though not a blazing number by any stretch of the imagination, the ranking is considerably more favorable when you keep in mind the very recent major coaching change and a 2012 season that pumped out only five wins.

kyvol98 writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

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Actually, this is pretty funny coming from a Flea Market reject...

CoverOrange writes:

in response to licknpromise777#651578:

Chizik was the one who did all the work to get this class..Gus just reinforced what was there

While true, key point is Malzahn didn't lose many.

jone8191#247590 writes:

It is obvious that Ole Miss hit a grand slam with Freeze just like we whiffed with Kiffen and Orange Pants. I like Jones' energy, his enthusiasm and his dedication to the program in his first weeks here. Time will tell but I for one am a lot happier right now about the Vols than I was this time last year.

keepitreal4vols writes:

$$$$$ Great job Ole Miss $$$$$ Great Job $$$$$

traderjoe writes:

in response to KnoxVegas88:

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I'll bet you can tell me what it taste like can't you? lol Sorta in your neighborhood I'm guessing knoxvegas...lol

jt45 writes:

in response to keepitreal4vols:

$$$$$ Great job Ole Miss $$$$$ Great Job $$$$$

Seems likely.

sameolvolalum writes:

Hey, Vol fans. I know it's easy to spew back at gay Jeff and Trader Blow, but it's far more enjoyable to trade comments with those other than these sociopaths. If you wish to respond, don't repost.......just state their names and say your piece. Nobody wants to read their drivel once, so don't annoy the rest of us by reposting......which is what these professionsl trolls love.

traderjoe writes:

in response to sameolvolalum:

Hey, Vol fans. I know it's easy to spew back at gay Jeff and Trader Blow, but it's far more enjoyable to trade comments with those other than these sociopaths. If you wish to respond, don't repost.......just state their names and say your piece. Nobody wants to read their drivel once, so don't annoy the rest of us by reposting......which is what these professionsl trolls love.

sameolvolalum...lol...was that before they required reading and writing? Did you have to look up sociopath or just look in the mirror? You certainly didn't add anything to this thread...but then you really didn't get your GED did you? lol

Colliervol writes:

in response to collegegrovebilly:

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Get back with me when Ole Miss makes their FIRST trip to Atlanta. Until then they aren't worth much discussion.

iowavol writes:

in response to Orangeblood13:

real gems on the comments here
wow

Best post yet.

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