National Signing Day Headquarters: What to watch for Ole Miss
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National Signing Day Headquarters: Ole Miss commitments, top targets and storylines to follow

Ben Garrett12/15/21
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National Signing Day has arrived! Ole Miss currently sits in the Top 30 of On3’s team recruiting rankings, with the Rebels boasting 14 commitments.

A number of targets will announce their decisions today, among them four-star linebacker Jaron Willis, who is down to Ole Miss, Arkansas, Texas and Mississippi State. Stay locked into The Ole Miss Spirit throughout the day for a full breakdown of all the day’s action.

The very latest on which players have signed and what we’re hearing can be found in our daily recruiting thread HERE. Click on any player’s name below to view their On3 profile.

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Jacarius Clayton, Zxavian Harris and Bryson Hurst (Gerry Hamilton/On3)

THE COMMITMENTS

DT Zxavian Harris | Germantown (Madison, Miss.) | On3 consensus four-star | 6-7, 350 | SIGNED WITH OLE MISS

S Taylor Groves | East Robertson (Cross Plains, Tenn.) | On3 consensus four-star | 6-2, 175 | SIGNED WITH OLE MISS

OT Bryson Hurst | Gautier (Gautier, Miss.) | On3 consensus four-star | 6-5, 338 | Announcement time: Dec. 16

S Nick Cull | Seminole County (Donalsonville, Ga.) | On3 consensus four-star | 5-10, 173 | SIGNED WITH OLE MISS

CB Jarell Stinson | Opelika (Opelika, Ala.) | On3 consensus three-star | 5-10, 160 | SIGNED WITH OLE MISS

RB Quinshon Judkins | Pike Road (Pike Road, Ala.) | On3 consensus three-star | 5-11, 205 | SIGNED WITH OLE MISS

WR Larry Simmons | Moss Point (Moss Point, Miss.) | On3 consensus three-star | 6-2, 175 | SIGNED WITH OLE MISS

EDGE Jacarius Clayton | Tupelo (Tupelo, Miss.) | On3 consensus three-star | 6-5, 255 | SIGNED WITH MISSISSIPPI STATE

OL Timi Gagophien | Alief Hastings (Houston, Texas) | On3 consensus three-star | 6-6, 290 | Announcement time: Feb. 2

WR Jeremiah Dillon | Tylertown (McComb, Miss.) | On3 consensus three-star | 6-1, 169 | SIGNED WITH OLE MISS

OL Preston Cushman | Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.) | On3 consensus three-star | SIGNED WITH OLE MISS.

TE Kyirin Heath | Mansfield Legacy (Mansfield, Texas) | On3 consensus three-star | SIGNED WITH OLE MISS

CB Rodney Johnson (preferred walk-on) | Gadsden City (Gadsden, Ala.) | On3 consensus three-star | 6-0, 170 | Announcement time: Feb. 2

LB Jaylon White | Parkview Magnet (Little Rock, Ark.) | On3 consensus three-star | 6-2, 200 | SIGNED WITH OLE MISS

LB Reginald Hughes | NEMCC (Booneville, Miss.) | On3 consensus three-star | 6-2, 230 | SIGNED WITH OLE MISS

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TARGETS TO WATCH

DL Jaheim Oatis | Columbia (Columbia, Miss.) | On3 consensus four-star | 6-5, 388 | SIGNED WITH ALABAMA

OL Percy Lewis | MGCCC (Perkinston, Miss.) | On3 consensus three-star | 6-8, 360 | SIGNED WITH MISSISSIPPI STATE

OL Cam East | St. Augustine (New Orleans, La.) | On3 consensus three-star | 6-7, 270 | SIGNED WITH OLE MISS

OL Falentha Carswell | Washington County (Sandersville, Ga.) | On3 consensus three-star | 6-6, 275 | SIGNED WITH OLE MISS

DL Derrick Moore | St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Md.) | On3 consensus four-star | 6-4, 250 | SIGNED WITH MICHIGAN

EDGE Trevion Williams | Crystal Springs (Crystal Springs, Miss.) | On3 consensus four-star | 6-3, 253 | SIGNED WITH MISSISSIPPI STATE

LB JD Stewart | Greenville Christian (Greenwood, Miss.) | On3 consensus three-star | 6-2, 231 | Announcement time: TBD

ATH Tyler Banks | Nottoway (Crewe, Va.) | On3 consensus three-star | 6-1, 215 | SIGNED WITH OLE MISS

LB Jaron Willis | Lee County (Leesburg, Ga.) | On3 consensus four-star | 6-2, 220 | SIGNED WITH OLE MISS

DB Davison Igbinosun | Union (Union, N.J.) | On3 consensus four-star | 6-2, 170 | Announcement time: Jan. 8

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Jaron Willis

CAN OLE MISS FLIP JAHEIM OATIS?

Ole Miss has been working for months to turn Oatis, the No. 78 overall player, and the No. 11 defensive lineman, in the country, according to the industry-generated On3 consensus. Ole Miss got him on campus twice in as many months, first for a game-day visit, and later for a quick weekend stop before he participated in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game last week.

Oatis has been committed to Alabama since April. While the Rebels made up significant ground (so much so, they’re the only viable option to the Crimson Tide still standing), sources indicate Oatis is likely to stick with his pledge and sign with the Tide on Wednesday.

WHERE WILL DERRICK MOORE LAND?

Moore, an On3 consensus four-star defensive lineman, visited Ole Miss and Michigan last week, with the Wolverines receiving his final trip. Michigan is favored, but Ole Miss has a real shot for myriad reasons, not the least of which, his former high school coach is on staff under Jim Harbaugh, creating a potential waiver/eligibility issue.

Sources were split Wednesday night on where Moore, the nation’s No. 87 overall player and No. 12 defensive lineman, ends up. His position coach at St. Frances Academy is former Ole Miss defensive end Wayne Dorsey, and his one-time prep teammate, Demon Clowney, is currently on the roster. He’s one to watch.

WHAT ABOUT DAVISON IGBINOSUN?

Igbinosun, the On3 consensus four-star defensive back, sent the Ole Miss online community into a tizzy late-Wednesday. The No. 193 prospect in the country tweeted out a graphic featuring Igbinosun and his brother, who plays for Rutgers, in Scarlet Knights uniforms.

The panic was short-lived. He followed with graphics of his other three finalists (Ole Miss, Tennessee and Kentucky) as well, and Ole Miss sources remain confident he’ll end up a Rebel in the end. Family matters, though, and Rutgers has always been considered the primary threat. He was committed there and Rutgers is just an hour from his hometown. He visited Ole Miss over the weekend. The Rebels came away believing he was theirs to lose.

Time will tell. Igbinosun could sign in the next three days, but he won’t make his decision public until the All-American Bowl Jan. 8.

DOES OLE MISS LEAD FOR JARON WILLIS?

The On3 consensus four-star linebacker de-committed from Georgia Tech last week. Ole Miss, in turn, immediately emerged as the favorite to pick him up.

The Rebels, who never stopped pushing hard for Willis despite his pledge to the Yellowjackets in May, currently hold a projection percentage of 94 percent to Ole Miss from the On3 RPM (Recruiting Prediction Machine). However, Willis announced a final four of Ole Miss, Arkansas, Texas and Mississippi State, with Arkansas appearing to be the biggest threat to the Rebels’ chances.

Bottom line: Ole Miss is expected to win out here, and if the Rebels do, they’ll be picking up their first four-star high school linebacker since 2017.