Recruits: The certain, hopeful, and unknown

Posted on Feb 2 2016 - 9:15am by Collin Brister

Signing day is fewer than 24 hours away. Ole Miss is looking to top its star-studded 2013 class, in which they finished top ten in the country in every recruiting rankings service.

Ole Miss is in on highly-rated defensive backs such as Deontay Anderson, Shyheim Carter and Carlos Becker. Becker is committed to Florida State currently, and will likely sign with the ‘Noles. Anderson, from Texas, and Carter, from Louisiana, are the most likely candidates to sign with the Rebels on Wednesday.

The Rebels are in on 5-star defensive ends Jeffrey Simmons and Jonathan Kongbo. Kongbo, who played at Arizona Western Community College last fall, is considering Ole Miss, Florida State and Tennessee. Simmons, from Noxubee County High School in Mississippi, is considering Ole Miss, Alabama, Mississippi State and Tennessee.  The Rebels are also a long shot to land Rashan Gary, but he’s likely to sign with Michigan. Lastly, the Rebels hosted Kobe Jones from Starkville this past weekend. The three-star defensive tackle is from Starkville, and will have to make a decision between the home-town bulldogs, Ole Miss or Alabama.

Ole Miss is in on Starkville wide receiver A.J. Brown, who was for a long time considered a Mississippi State lean. Ole Miss hosted Brown this weekend, and all the momentum seems to be on Ole Miss’ side. It is impossible, however, to discount the home-town Bulldogs and Alabama in Brown’s recruitment. The Rebels are also in the game for Louisiana wide receiver Mykel Jones; however, Jones skipped his official visit to Ole Miss this past weekend, so the Rebels look less likely to garner Jones’s signature than they did before the previous weekend.

Here is a schedule and predictions for each respective target:

• Deontay Anderson-4 star defensive back (Texas)

Announcement: 9 a.m., ESPNU

Prediction: Ole Miss

•Rashan Gary-5 star defensive tackle (New Jersey)

Announcement: 11 a.m., ESPNU

Prediction: Michigan

•Jeffrey Simmons-5 star defensive lineman (Mississippi)

Announcement: 11 a.m., @HSFNetwork

Prediction: Ole Miss

•AJ Brown-4 star wide receiver (Mississippi)

Announcement: 8: 50 a.m. @DMSports Periscope

Prediction: Ole Miss

•Kobe Jones-3 star defensive lineman (Mississippi)

Announcement: 8:50 a.m. @Dmsports Periscope

Prediction: Mississippi State

Other Ole Miss targets without noted announcement times:

•Jonathan Kongbo (Arizona)

Prediction: Ole Miss

•Mique Juarez (California)

Prediction: UCLA

•Shyheim Carter (Lousiana)

Prediction: Ole Miss

•Carlos Becker (Florida)

Prediction: Florida State

•Mykel Jones (Louisiana)

Prediction: Alabama