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Published on January 29th, 2016 | by Shelby Rayburn


Crootapalooza 2016 Begins Rebels Final Push To Signing Day

With less than a week to go until National Signing Day on February 3, the Ole Miss Rebels begin their final push to signing day by hosting  its largest group of blue chip recruits this last weekend. “Crootapalooza ’16,” as our friends at Red Cup Rebellion are calling it, is the latest installment of what has become an annual tradition in Oxford under head coach Hugh Freeze. According to RCR, there will be 24 recruits taking official visits to Oxford this weekend, including two five-star and 15 four-star prospects. Additionally, when you add in the number of unofficial visits to Oxford by other recruits this weekend, that number could grow even higher.

According to the Ole Miss Spirit, the recruits coming to Oxford on official visits this weekend include:

Rankings listed here are according to the 247Sports composite, which is an average of all other recruiting services rankings.

  • 5-star Greg Little – #1 ranked Offensive Tackle- Allen, Texas- Ole Miss Commit
  • 5-star Jeffery Simmons – #3 ranked Strong-Side Defensive End – Macon, Mississippi
  • 4-star David Laufatasaga – JUCO #2 ranked Outside Linebacker – Western Arizona – Ole Miss Commit
  • 4-star Octavious Cooley – #6 ranked Tight End – Laurel, Mississippi – Ole Miss Commit
  • 4-star Deyontay Anderson – #2 ranked Safety – Manvel, Texas
  • 4-star Nigel Knott – #7 ranked Cornerback – Madison, Mississippi
  • 4-star Terrell Hall – #5 ranked Weak-Side Defensive End – Washington, D.C.
  • 4-star Shyheim Carter – #9 ranked Cornerback – Kentwood, Louisiana
  • 4-star Carlos Becker – #15 ranked Cornerback – Kissimmee, Florida
  • 4-star DeKaylin Metcalf – #18 ranked Wide Receiver – Oxford, Mississippi – Ole Miss Commit
  • 4-star Jaylon Jones – #19 ranked Cornerback – Allen, Texas- Ole Miss Commit
  • 4-star D’Vaughn Pennamon – #9 ranked Running Back – Manvel, Texas- Ole Miss Commit
  • 4-star Mykel Jones – #48 ranked Wide Receiver – Patterson, Louisiana
  • 4-star Bryce Mathews – #23 ranked Offensive Tackle – Brentwood, Tennessee – Ole Miss Soft Commit
  • 4-star Kobe Jones – #28 ranked Defensive Tackle – Starkville, Mississippi
  • 4-star Jacob Mathis – #13 ranked Tight End – Tampa, Florida
  • 4-star A.J. Brown – #5 ranked Wide Receiver – Starkville, Mississippi
  • 3-star Keith Simms – #25 ranked Outside Linebacker – Bethesda, Maryland
  • 3-star Jarrion Street – #37 ranked Running Back – Trussville, Alabama- Ole Miss Commit
  • 3-star Jack DeFloor – #59 ranked Offensive Tackle – Calhoun, Georgia
  • 3-star Tariqious Tisdale – #53 ranked Weak Side Defensive End – Lexington, Tennessee – Ole Miss Commit

For more information and updates about “Crootapalooza 2016” check out RedCupRebellion.com, as they’re really much better at this type of stuff.

National Signing Day is Wednesday, February 3 and will be covered in full for the 11th straight year by ESPNU. Check out their coverage schedule HERE.

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About the Author

Shelby Rayburn is an Associate Editor and photographer at The Local Voice in Oxford, Mississippi, a 16 year veteran live sound engineer, and a Mississippi Master Gardener. He is a seventh generation Lafayette County native. He received his Bachelor of Arts in History from The University of Mississippi and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Mississippi State.

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