One of the top storylines in college football recruiting for the 2013 cycle just got even more interesting.
Defensive end Chris Jones, the nation's No. 2 overall prospect, is making an official visit to Ole Miss this weekend. He is committed to Mississippi State currently.
Rebels247 reported last night that five-star defensive end Chris Jones, the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect, was on an official visit to Ole Miss. Jones, from Houston (Miss.), is currently committed to Mississippi State.
The Rebels have been working to get the 6-foot-6, 270-pounder on campus for an official for weeks and have him in right now.
It could not have been a better weekend for him to visit if spending time with other top national prospects is of interest to the talented pass rusher.
Ole Miss has the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect, defensive end Robert Nkemdiche (Loganville, Ga./Grayson), the nation’s top offensive line prospect, tackle Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia), five-star safety Tony Conner (Batesville, Miss./South Panola) and five-star receiver and Ole Miss commit Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill.) on campus for officials.
Nkemdiche and Conner are considered leans to the Rebels while Tunsil is said to have Georgia and Alabama at the top of his list with an edge to the Bulldogs.
Should the Rebels flip Jones from their in-state rivals and sign Nkemdiche as expected, it would give Ole Miss the nation’s top two prospects out of the high school ranks, along with the nation’s top junior college prospect, defensive tackle Lavon Hooks (Northeast Mississippi Junior College), who signed with Ole Miss in December.
After picking up a commitment Friday night from three-star wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo (Cedar Hill, Texas), Ole Miss moved up to No. 14 overall in the 247Sports team rankings, jumping Oklahoma. If the Rebels land commitments from any of the highly-rated prospects on campus this weekend, it will likely boost them into the top 10.
All the potential for this class isn't in this weekend, either.
While Ole Miss is battling Vanderbilt for former Auburn commit and four-star running back Jordan Wilkins (Cordova, Tenn./St. Benedict), the word is that the Rebels are in good shape. He made his official visit to Oxford last weekend and plans to announce his decision on signing day.
Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and staff, which includes excellent recruiters like Chris Kiffin and Wesley McGriff, continue to make headlines on the recruiting trail. On Feb. 6, national signing day, there's a good chance that the headlines will read "consensus top five class" and perhaps even higher.