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Rebels eye two more top recruits for 2016 class

Rebels eye two more top recruits for 2016 class

Shyheim Carter

Four-star defensive back Shyheim Carter had been committed to the University of Alabama for over a year, but things changed on Monday when he announced via Twitter that he has backed out of his pledge to the Crimson Tide. This dramatic change comes on the heels of Carter spending a great deal of time in Oxford, where he continued to make himself comfortable with the University of Mississippi.

WR Shyheim Carter de-committed from Alabama Monday.

WR Shyheim Carter de-committed from Alabama Monday. (Photo credit: 247Sports)

“I was thinking about opening things back up before I visited Ole Miss, so that did not affect my decision,” Carter told Scout.com Monday morning. “I had a good time there, and I got to see the team practice on Saturday, so that was nice.”

During Carter’s trips to Ole Miss, he has built a relationship with some of the members of the Rebels’ 2016 class, most notably Shea Patterson and Deontay Anderson. At this point, Carter isn’t in a rush to make a decision on where he will attend school in 2016.

“I am going to wait until signing day to announce my decision now,” Carter said. “I am going to take all five official visits first, look at my options, and find the right school. It could be any school out there that has offered me. I do not have a favorite and I am going to take my time.”

Carter is ranked No. 5 in his position and No. 51 overall by 247Sports. Georgia, Oregon, Alabama, and Southern Cal are some of the other schools pursuing Carter. This past spring, Carter ran a 4.38 forty at the Nike Regional.

Drake Davis

Carter is not the only prospect Ole Miss is looking at to spice up its 2016 class, a class that currently No. 5 in the country. The Rebels have their eyes on Bradenton, Florida (IMG Academy) product Drake Davis. The 6-4, 210 wide receiver has offers from eight Southeastern Conference schools, but Davis mentioned to Scout.com that his top three schools are LSU, Texas A&M, and Ole Miss.

“I know what I am going to get out of them. I know at Ole Miss they are going to throw the ball a lot,” Davis said. “Shea Patterson is going there and I like the academics. It fits well.”

Mississippi State, Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida are the other SEC schools heavily recruiting for Davis’ services.

Davis is ranked No. 7 in the state of Florida and No. 53 in his position. The Crystal Ball Predictions on 247Sports.com have the Rebels grabbing the coveted wide out. Davis told Scout.com that he hopes to commit to a school before the season starts, but plans on taking official visits to Florida State, LSU, and Ole Miss. No dates have been set for those visits.

About The Author

Courtney Smith

Courtney is from Memphis and received his Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Memphis in May of 2014. He began his journalism career covering the Memphis Tigers Men's basketball team, which landed him an intern position on 730 Yahoo Sports Radio and a position with Rivals.com. A freelance writer for the Associated Press, Courtney is also a member of The Rebel Walk team and reports regularly on Ole Miss football and basketball. Courtney, the father of a six-year old girl named Soniyah, prefers to cover NCAA basketball and football, but is happy to report on any other sport that comes his way.

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