OXFORD, MS (WLOX) - Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze arrived in Oxford in 2012. He said former Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron was a master of recruiting and Freeze picked up his recruiting tactics and it has paid off with highly touted players signing with the Rebels.
Freeze says his 2016 Class is the "deepest" since he's been the head coach.
"I don't know if our staff has ever done a better job of developing relationships that can withstand the onslaught of difficult things that are thrown at you through the course of recruiting, "stated Freeze. "That's been the case during the cycle quite a bit, and it's a testament to everything we are doing here and what we stand for and the relationships we've built over the last 18 to 24 months that allowed us to bring home arguably a top-five class."
Quarterback Shea Patterson IMG Academy headlines the Ole Miss signing class. He's a 5-star quarterback who has all the tools to become a great college signal caller. The other star in the Rebels class is offensive tackle Greg Little of Allen, Texas.
Ole Miss signed 19 players who were rated a 4-star prospect or better (by at least one of the major recruiting services.)
One recruiting service had four Rebels signees ranked number one at their position, including Patters, Little, No. 1 safety Deontay Anderson (Manvel, Texas) and No. 1 tight end/H-back Jacob Mathis (Tampa, Florida).
The Rebels pulled Starkville receiver A.J. Brown away from Mississippi State. He joins two other top notch receivers in D.K, Metcalf (Oxford, Miss.) and Tre Nixon (Viera, Fla.).
"We're consistently bringing in top players and I think that's why we're continuing to improve on the field, "noted Freeze.