Sunday, February 10, 2013
Can Freeze do it again at Ole Miss?
By Vince Verhei
The Ole Miss Rebels finished the 2013 recruiting season with the fifth-best class in the nation. It was the first time they've ranked in the top 20 since 2006. Was this a one-year fluke, or has Hugh Freeze started a turnaround in Oxford? ESPN.com SEC blogger Edward Aschoff isn't convinced either way:
Edward AschoffA pivotal year for Ole Miss
"Like Hugh Freeze said, it was the perfect storm for Ole Miss in this class. I think players now want to see what the Rebels do with all of that talent. This was a historic class, but let's not act like recruiting at Ole Miss is easy. Before this class, Ole Miss had just five total ESPN 150 members combined from 2008-12. Freeze is changing the culture there and he's making Ole Miss a much more popular school among high school players, but now he has to win more with these guys. We've seen 'great' classes turn into duds in the past. It'll only be easier when he starts winning more, but I think he can consistently have a top 20 class at Ole Miss. He's too good at closing."