Early Signing Day Inks 15 Newcomers into the Football Program

Coach Matt Luke believes the signing of Matt Corral shifted the momentum in the Rebels' recruiting efforts.

Photo by Elyse Lenaburg

Christmas came five days early for Head Coach Matt Luke and the Ole Miss football program on Wednesday. The first day of the new early signing period brought in 15 players committed to “Lock the Vaught” for the Rebels.

In this signing class, Luke landed two key players who will become important pieces to the puzzle for next season: ESPN top 300 wide receiver Elijah Moore and defensive end James Williams, a highly talented in-state prospect.

The Rebels also signed three strong JUCO players: linebacker Vernon Dasher, defensive tackle Hal Northern and running back Scott Philips.

Luke expects all of the JUCO prospects will be ready to step into the program and make a difference this spring.

“When you sign a mid-year guy, you expect those guys to come in and contribute quickly,” Luke said. “Those competing for playing time help make the competition and players tougher.”

As for the NCAA sanctions’ impact on recruiting, Luke said there was fear of the unknown, “but [we] have dealt with it and are now moving forward.”

Last Friday, Ole Miss got a commitment from quarterback Matt Corral of Long Beach, California. The Rebels snagged him away from Dan Mullen and the Florida Gators.

“The flip from Matt Corral shifted momentum for the program,” Luke said.

Coach Luke believes Ole Miss can sign eight or nine players in February, making next season’s class go up to 22 or 23 recruits.

Click here to see the full list of players who have chosen to strap on the red and blue for the Rebels.

Adam Brown is the sports editor of HottyToddy.com. He can be reached at adam.brown@hottytoddy.com.

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