OXFORD, Miss. — As we count down the days until the Ole Miss season opener on August 31 against Memphis in the Liberty Bowl, we’ll be releasing who we think will be the Top 50 Most Impactful Players for the Rebels this upcoming season. This series brought to you by The Rebel Walk is a way for Ole Miss fans to learn more about the players we think you should keep an eye on this fall.
Let’s begin with No. 50, wide receiver Jonathan Mingo.
No. 50 – Jonathan Mingo
Jonathan Mingo, at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, already has the body of an SEC wide receiver. He was an Under Armor All-American, a consensus four-star prospect according to Rivals, ESPN, and 247Sports Composite Rankings, and finished with 77 catches for 1,451 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior at Brandon (Miss.) High School.
Ole Miss signed four wide receivers in the class of 2019. Mingo was the third-highest rated signee in the recruiting class and the second highest-rated wide receiver signee for the Rebels. Mingo will definitely be in the mix to help replace stars A.J. Brown, D.K. Metcalf, and DaMarkus Lodge.
Wide receivers Coach Jacob Peeler raves about Mingo’s ball skills. “Jonathan creates physical mismatches,” he said. “He reminds you a lot of A.J. Brown in terms of his size. He played in a really good high school system that allowed him to utilize his skill set.”
Right now, the slot position consists of sophomore Elijah Moore, sophomore Tylan Knight, and true freshman Jadon Jackson. Mingo will be given every opportunity to earn rotational minutes this fall after competing in fall camp in August.
If Coach Peeler decides to use him in the slot like he did A.J. Brown, Mingo brings a much bigger frame to the position. This could allow him to be used differently than the rest of the very speedy and shifty slot receivers on the roster. Regardless, if Mingo is as talented as advertised, then he will contribute as a true freshman.
“We’re always going to play the best players,” Coach Peeler said. I’m excited to see what those guys bring. I think obviously they’re going to get thrown in the fire, no differently than the freshmen did last year, and we’ll see if they can help us. If they can, then they’re going to play,” he added.
I’ve always lived by the philosophy the best players were going to play regardless of what year (in college).”
Ole Miss wide receivers coach Jacob Peeler
It is worth noting Mingo could easily be higher on this Top 50 list of impactful players on the roster for the Rebels. However, with him not having gone through spring training, we feel this is a fair place to start. Mingo might very well be a big contributor on the offense this season, but for now we feel like he deserves to be on this list given his abilities as a playmaker and his SEC-ready physique.
Top 50 Most Impactful Rebels:
50. Jonathan Mingo