Most Impactful Rebels for 2019: No. 14 Miles Battle
OXFORD, Miss. — As we count down the days until the Ole Miss season opener against Memphis in the Liberty Bowl, we are releasing who we think the Top 50 Most Impactful Players will be for the Rebels this season. This series is a way for Ole Miss fans to learn more about players to keep an eye on this fall.
With 14 days before kickoff, coming in at No. 14…
Wide receiver Miles Battle was a four-star recruit, according to 247Sports, Rivals and ESPN, out of Houston, Texas when he signed with Ole Miss in the Class of 2018.
The highly-prized receiver chose the Rebels over offers from Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Vanderbilt, Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, California, Colorado, Houston, Indiana, Iowa State, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, SMU, TCU, Tulane, Utah, Texas-San Antonio, Virginia, Washington State and Wisconsin. He played for Team National in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl and was a member of the 2018 Austin American-Statesman Fabulous 55.
As a senior at Cypress Creek High School, Battle tallied 52 catches for 761 yards and 13 touchdowns. Ultimately, Ole Miss had to beat out Oregon for Battle’s signature, but wide receivers coach Jacob Peeler never gave up on the talented player from the Lone Star State — even after he committed to Oregon during the Ducks’ big recruiting camp weekend over the summer before Battle’s senior season.
As a true freshman at Ole Miss last season, the 6-foot-4, 199-pound Battle appeared in four games, including games against SEC opponents Texas A&M and Auburn, so he still maintained his redshirt.
Coach Peeler believes Battle’s redshirt season will pay dividends for the talented wide receiver. “He got thrown into some big moments,” Peeler said of Battle. “And they weren’t always against non-conference foes, so he did get some SEC experience,” the coach noted.
As for Battle, he believes 2019 will be his breakout year.
“I want to shock the world because I really didn’t get to show much last year. I feel like I’m going to have a breakout season.”
Ole Miss WR Miles Battle
Coach Peeler wouldn’t be at all surprised to see his young receiver excel this fall. “He had a really good spring, really good offseason,” he said.
“He was toward the top, if not the top, at our record boards for the receiver room in the weight room and on the grass running. If we can continue to get him going in the right direction with that, then I think the moment won’t be too big for him.”
Coach Jacob Peeler on Miles Battle
As fall camp began the first of August, Battle was listed as one of the starters at wide receiver, opposite of Braylon Sanders. After speaking to Battle at Media Day, we can feel the excitement and energy in his voice as he prepares to go out and cement himself as the next guy to help carry the banner for the NWO.
“Everyone’s just trying to keep the NWO alive,” Battle said.
“We want the whole group to shine; we don’t care which individual it is. We’re all talented players and we’re just ready to show what we can do. With those three guys (Brown, Metcalf and Lodge), we had some depth–we just didn’t get to play. We all have something to show and something to prove.”
We believe Battle will play a big role for the Rebels in 2019, and the experience he gathered last season will help give him even more confidence for the big moments in SEC competition.
Watch out for No. 6 on the gridiron this fall!
Most Impactful Rebels for 2019
14. Miles Battle
15. Jerrion Ealy
16. Braylon Sanders
17. Eli Johnson
18. Myles Hartsfield
19. Dontario Drummond
20. Jon Haynes
21. Montrell Custis
22. Demarcus Gregory
23. Bryce Mathews
24. Royce Newman
25. Tylan Knight
26. Tariqious Tisdale
27. Octavious Cooley
28. Jalen Julius
29. Luke Logan
30. Nick Broeker
31. Austrian Robinson
32. Quentin Bivens
33. Willie Hibbler
34. Isaiah Woullard
35. Jadon Jackson
36. Grant Tisdale, Kinkead Dent, John Rhys Plumlee
37. Keidron Smith
38. Snoop Conner
39. Michael Howard
40. Vernon Dasher
41. Ryder Anderson
42. D’Vaughn Pennamon
43. C.J. Miller
44. Charles Wiley
45. Sincere David
46. Mac Brown
47. Jason Pellerin
48. Chandler Tuitt
49. Dannis Jackson
50. Jonathan Mingo
Derrell has covered Ole Miss athletics in the past for Rebels247 at 247Sports. He attended Delta State University where he graduated with a B.S. in Biology. He is currently pursuing his Pharm.D. at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy with an expected graduation of May, 2020.