Four programs that benefit from Ole Miss' coaching transition
Matt Luke is out at Ole Miss after three seasons as the Rebels’ head coach, and uncertainty will take hold in Oxford as the program searches for its next head coach. Below, Rivals.com takes a look at four programs that could benefit from the Rebels’ coaching change.
Misery loves company, so Arkansas, which is conducting a coaching search of its own, will welcome a change at a fellow SEC program that targets the same level of recruits. If nothing else, this will even the playing field for a program that get ill afford to fall further behind its geographical peers on the recruiting trail. Both programs have targeted mid-level prospects in the state of Tennessee and will likely go head to head in that region next cycle. The Rebels grabbed two semi-highly regarded Arkansas-based prospects in the form of wide receiver Jadon Jackson and offensive lineman Darius Thomas in 2019.
Cornerback Eric Reed Jr., Ole Miss’ top-ranked commit, has serious interest in Auburn and has visited campus on multiple occasions, including a trip to Saturday’s Iron Bowl. This will certainly help the Tigers land Reed on signing day, but the impact extends beyond one prospect. The Rebels find themselves battling Auburn for four-stars in Mississippi, Alabama and beyond almost every season. Ole Miss’ second coaching change in three years stands to help the Tigers reach into Mississippi for talent in 2021, as Mississippi State also seems to be less than stable at the time being.
The Bulldogs can use all the help they can get as they attempt to recruit on the heels of an underwhelming 6-6 season. That said, things in Starkville now seem miles more stable than the situation in Oxford. This could allow Mississippi State to set it sights on Mississippi-born Rebels commits such as linebacker Jakivuan Brown, who seriously considered the Bulldogs before committing to the Rebs. This could also open the door for the Bulldogs to get involved with 2021 Ole Miss commit Brandon Buckhaulter. This could also help with 2021 prospect Antonio Harmon, who seems to be high on both programs.
The Vols have had their eye on Ole Miss commit Jabari Small as of late, so any effort to flip his pledge will be aided by Luke’s dismissal. The bonus here is the fact the fact that Small is high school teammates with four-star defensive tackle Omai Thomas, who looked like an Ole Miss lean until a few weeks back. This development should help seal the deal between Thomas and Tennessee as signing day approaches.