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Ole Miss adds three to 2020 football recruiting class

OXFORD — Lane Kiffin’s first recruiting class as the head football coach at Ole Miss is in the books.

Ole Miss signed three players on Wednesday, bringing its total to 18 for the Class of 2020. Twelve players signed in December, and three more in January.

The Rebels’ class ranked No. 38 nationally and No. 12 in the Southeastern conference.
Offensive linemen Cedric Melton and Luke Shouse, and running back Henry Parrish, Jr., signed with the Rebels on Wednesday.

Brady Ward, another three-star offensive tackle from Alabama, did not sign but committed to Ole Miss to grayshirt.

“The players are good in the class that we signed, it’s just not very deep,” Kiffin said. “You’ve got room to sign 25 or 27 players, so from that standpoint, obviously, it’s not the same. But there’s really good players here.”

Parrish is the biggest name to sign with the Rebels on Wednesday. The four-star recruit from Miami, Fla., is the No. 18 overall running back in the 2020 class according to 247Sports.

Sitting atop the Rebels’ class is four-star defensive end Demon Clowney, a cousin of former No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Jadeveon Clowney. He signed with the Rebels in January and is one of three four-star recruits in this recruiting class. Fourteen three-star players and two transfers — safety Otis Reese and tight end Kenny Yeboah — round out the class of 2020.

It’s not the largest class for an Ole Miss staff that didn’t have a full cycle of recruiting. Kiffin acknowledged it’s not a deep class or one that will be his best.

“We lost some kids, obviously, like everybody does,” Kiffin said. “This is a good class with some really good players. But we’ll sign better classes each year we are here. We’ll sign more classes that fill more areas of need, but we just didn’t want to reach this year.”

About Ernest Bowker

Ernest Bowker is The Vicksburg Post's sports editor. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post's sports staff since 1998, making him one of the longest-tenured sports reporters in the paper's 137-year history. The New Jersey native is a graduate of LSU. In his career, he has won more than 50 awards from the Mississippi Press Association and Associated Press for his coverage of local sports in Vicksburg.

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