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The Ole Miss Football program received its 10th commitment in the 2017 class Monday afternoon when weak-side defensive end Rasool Clemons presented his pledge to the Rebels through his Twitter account.
After discussing everything with my family and those close to me, I have decided to commit back to Ole Miss 🔴🔵🐬✋🏾 pic.twitter.com/YIkzu9Ju2d
— X (@sool_9Era) June 20, 2016
Clemons, who had once committed to Virginia but had a change of heart once he took his weekend visit to Oxford, had offers from Iowa State, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Texas A&M and Louisville.
He was originally part of Ole Miss’ 2015 recruiting class as a January, 2015 commit but ended up taking the junior college route in July of the same year. Clemons was in the same class as wide receivers DaMarkus Lodge and Van Jefferson.
Clemons was rated as the nation’s No. 17 overall defensive end and fifth-best prospect in South Carolina, according to 247Sports.com.
Clemons took his talents to East Mississippi Community College, the same school the Rebels’ quarterback Chad Kelly attended, and in nine games last season, Clemson recorded eight total tackles and 1.5 sacks for loss. The Lions finished the season with an overall record of 8-1.
Standing at 6-foot-6, 215-pounds, Clemons shows great upside with solid footwork and his ability to get to the quarterback. Clemons, an Aiken, South Carolina native, is the second weak-side defensive end to commit to Ole Miss’ 2017 class. Markel Winters, a three-star prospect from Ellisville, Mississippi, is the other weak-side defensive end who committed to the Rebels on Feb. 9, 2016.
With the addition of Clemons, Ole Miss’ 2017 class is ranked 31st in the nation and ninth in the Southeastern Conference by 247Sports.