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Rebel Recruit Reactions: “We Still Run The Sip” Edition

Rebel Recruit Reactions: “We Still Run The Sip” Edition

OXFORD, Miss. — It has been eight days, and some of us are still celebrating the Rebels’ 31-21 win over Mississippi State. 

In fact, it was a Thanksgiving that will go down in history not just because Ole Miss still runs the ‘Sip, but rather for all the storylines written on that rainy night in Starkville.

Matt Corral and the Rebels celebrate the 31-21 win over State. (Photo: Josh McCoy, Ole Miss)

An Ole Miss program that found itself 5-5 after the 2020 regular season now finds itself, with head coach Lane Kiffin at the helm, making history and finishing the regular season 10-2 for the first time in program history.

The Rebels will soon learn on Selection Sunday just where they will be ringing in the New Year — and it will certainly be in one of the prestigious New Year’s Six Bowl games. 

We certainly cannot forget one of the most vital parts of this year’s team — quarterback Matt Corral who certainly deserves to be considered for this year’s Heisman.  If any kid has shown the Heart of Heisman, it is Matt.

Yes, that win over the Bulldogs on Thanksgiving night was nitty and gritty — just the way we like our Egg Bowl victories! In case you want to relive all the glory, take a look back at our RW Gamer.

As of now, Ole Miss coaches are on the road in hopes of making an extra ‘Merry Flipmas’ on the recruiting trail, and Rebel Nation is eagerly awaiting to see where we should be booking the Airbnb’s for New Year’s.

We at Rebel Walk had a chance to catch up with some of Ole Miss’ top recruits as well as some under-the-radar prospects to get their reactions from the historic night in the ‘Sip.

 Class of 2022: 4-star MLB Stone Blanton

Madison-Ridgeland Academy, MS – 247Sports Composite No. 38 Linebacker, No.9 in MS

Follow @StoneBlanton7

It was a great game! Coach Durkin’s defense play really well and it was super exciting to watch.”

Stone Blanton on the Rebels’ Egg Bowl win


Class of 2022:  3-Star OT Preston Cushman

Calvary Christian, FL – 247Sports Composite No. 128 OT and No. 178 In FL

Follow: @Cush_51

 

The egg bowl was a crazy game. For Ole Miss to go into the hostile environment and play like they did it is a great feeling to have. Also having a 10-win season for the first time in history is an amazing accomplishment and just shows how Coach Kiffin’ staff has come in and built this championship culture that will stay for years to come.

Preston Cushman on the Egg Bowl win and Coach Kiffin


Class of 2023: 4-star safety Ryan Yaites

Guyer HS, TX –  247Sports Composite No. 8 S in nation and No. 23 overall player in Texas

Follow @ryan_yaites

Ole Miss was dominant the entire game. The defense did a great job and that offense did their job. Being a rival game, you could tell the players were excited and ready. They were very well-coached. Williams had two big sacks and had a great year. Ole Miss running backs did a good job keeping the drives going. It was a great all around game.

Safety Ryan Yaites on the Rebels’ win over State


Class of 2023: 4-star OT Olaus Alinen 

The Loomis Chafee School, CT:  247Sports Composite No. 14 OT and No. 1 In CT

Follow @alinen_olaus

It was a good game! The offense was impressive, yet again. They played physically and the defense got the job done as well.

OT Olaus Alinen on the victory over State


Class of 2022: QB Demahri Wallace

Jackson Northside High Schoo, Jackson, TN

Follow: @DemahriW

That game was exciting to watch. There were a lot of big plays made on both sides of the ball. I liked how they dominated Mississippi State the whole game.

QB Demahri Wallace on Rebels’ Egg Bowl win


Class of 2024: QB DJ Lagway

Willis High School, Willis, TX

Follow @DerekLagway

They played a hard-fought game on both sides of the ball and played like that through all 4 quarters.

QB Derek Lagway on Ole Miss’ 31-21 win over State


Class of 2025: QB Antwann Hill Jr.

Houston County High School, Warner Robins, Georgia

Follow @antwann_jr

The Rebels put quarterbacks in a great position to succeed in the run and pass game, but what stands out most to me is how it spreads offense, and Coach Kiffin puts Corral in a good position to make good decisions on the field.

 QB Antwann Hill,Jr. on the Egg Bowl game 


Class of 2026: QB Julian “JuJu” Lewis

Carrollton High School, Carrollton, Georgia

Follow @JuJuLewis10

Awesome game. It was a total team effort. Can’t wait to get to campus to visit this summer.

Julian “JuJu” Lewis on the Egg Bowl


Final thoughts

So tonight, Rebel faithful, just think of the places we have been this season —  and, oh, the places we will go! 

No matter which bowl game the Rebels are invited to, we will celebrate our team and its record-breaking 10-2 season and the fact that #WeRunTheSip!

Hotty Toddy!

About The Author

Lee Ann Herring-Olvedo

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.

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