Rebels add TE Hudson Wolfe, DT Taleeq Robbins to talented 2021 recruiting class
OXFORD, Miss. — From Philly to Savannah, Tennessee, the Lane Train picked up some high impact recruits who made the decision to ‘commit to the ‘Sip’ last Friday and Saturday, as Hudson Wolfe and Taleeq Robbins made their plans known.
With little more than 36 hours until the early signing period begins on December 16, the Ole Miss Rebels remain hot and in the hunt to finish with one of the top 2021 recruiting classes in the country.
Currently, Ole Miss has 20 future Rebels who’ve pledged their commitment to head coach Lane Kiffin’s 2021 recruiting class. This moves Ole Miss up to No. 7 in the SEC and No. 18 in the nation, according to 247Sports. Just a few short weeks ago, the Rebels were sitting at No. 71 in the country, so the rise has been dramatic.
Hudson Wolfe ‘flips to the ‘Sip’
The Rebels have the flip game going, and it showed out big in the form of tight end Hudson Wolfe. The four-star athlete decommitted from Rocky Top and turned his sights to Hotty Toddy last Friday.
— The Rebel Walk (@TheRebelWalk) December 11, 2020
It is no surprise the 6’6, 235-pound Tennessee native wants to become a part of such Kiffin’s explosive offense — one that loves the tight end. Wolfe, currently ranked as the No. 2 tight end in the nation according to Rivals, will undoubtedly make an impact in Oxford.
Wolfe is not the only elite prospect who has recently flipped to the Rebels. In fact, he joins four-star quarterback Luke Altemyer, a Florida State decommit, along with two former Mississippi State commits in offensive lineman Makylan Pounders and wide receiver Brandon Buckhaulter.
What they’re saying about Wolfe
“Tall, long tight end body with a big catch radius and a body type that is still maturing. Has the frame to be a future offensive tackle, but isn’t too bulky to stay at tight end. Has plus feet and fluidity for a long body. Flashes some catch-and-run athleticism.
“Consistent pass catcher. Sinks hips as a blocker and can lock on to smaller defenders. Finishes blocks. Best suited as a traditional in-line tight end, but is comfortable with blocking angles and pass concepts as an H-back. Size is the biggest asset. Very competent tight end that has the look of a consistent Power Five starter and a body type that presents some positional versatility.”
Barton Simmons, Director of Scouting 247Sports
East Coast Swing: Rebels snag Taleeq Robbins
After landing Wolfe, the Lane Train refueled and headed up to the east coast to Philadelphia, landing, 3-star defensive tackle Taleeq Robbins from Imhotep Institute.
Robbins announced his decision Saturday, choosing the Rebels over Georgia and Texas A&M. He also had offers from Arizona State, Auburn, Baylor, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington and Wisconsin.
Huge commit for the Rebels as DT Taleeq Robbins pledges to Lane Kiffin and Ole Miss! The 6’3”, 300-lb. Robbins is from Imhotep Institute in Philadelphia. ❤️💙🏈 #ComeToTheSip #HottyToddy https://t.co/mlaU0Vi9Ky
— The Rebel Walk (@TheRebelWalk) December 12, 2020
His commit couldn’t come at a more perfect time as Ole Miss is looking to strengthen the Landshark defense, especially up front.
What they’re saying about Robbins:
“Robbins’ size is legitimate, and he has length. He is smart and works hard on the field and in the weight room. He plays a lot as a 3-technique in Imhotep’s 4-3 defense. He stays low when he fires off the balls, and he wins leverage battles. He is able to drive his legs and push his way into the backfield. He is able to stack and shed and his hand work is improved.
“Robbins will chase a play and shows an ability to make a tackle on backside pursuit. He plays balanced and has good body control. He does not spend a lot of time on the ground. He is light on his feet for his size. He is assignment aware and is disciplined in staying in his gap. He offers flexibility because he can play 3-tech or nose guard in college.”
Brian Dohn, 247Sports
You can bet that Lane Kiffin and the Ole Miss Rebels are not done yet. We will bring you all the Signing Day action beginning Wednesday.
Merry Flipmas to all, and to all a goodnight!
Lee Ann is the Director of Recruiting for The Rebel Walk. She is a veteran SEC sports journalist and NFL content writer. She is also the Sr. Editor for MESPORTS digital. Herring-Olvedo is a Brown University graduate who loves good cigars, good games, and a smooth glass of bourbon — not necessarily in that order.