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Rebel recruits react to news of Coach Kiffin’s decision to return to Ole Miss

Rebel recruits react to news of Coach Kiffin’s decision to return to Ole Miss

OXFORD, Miss. — In all the hoopla surrounding Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin’s decision to return to the Rebels in 2023 and spurn Auburn’s offer to become the Tigers’ head coach, there were quite a number of recruits watching it all. 

We recently caught up with several of the young men and got their thoughts on Coach Kiffin staying with Ole Miss. 

’23 4-star OL Commit Brycen Sanders: Baylor School, Chattanooga, TN

I’m super glad he’s staying! Can’t wait to start going to work with him.”


’23 TE Ole Miss commit Jayvontay Conner: East Forsyth High, Kernersville, NC

“Let’s work!”


’23 4-star Safety Ole Miss commit Braxton Myers: Coppell (Texas) High School

“I’m really happy Coach Kiffin is staying and I get to do it in Oxford for the next 3-4 years!”


’23 Safety, Daniel Demery, Parish Episcopal, Dallas, TX

“It means a lot to me. It shows that he loves the people that he has been able to grow with over these past few years and that he wants to cointinue to grow Ole Miss and develop the players and the program.”


’25 4-star Safety Jarcoby Hopson, Jr., Lake Cormorant (MS)

“That is great for the program of Ole Miss he is staying. Ole Miss is recruiting me very high, and I appreciate him for that. I will be back in the spring or before then.”


’24 ATH Jaiden Spearman, Loomis Chafee School, Windsor, CT

“I like what Ole Miss has done with the contract for Coach Kiffin because it shows they are committed to winning. I have gotten to know the staff over the last year and this is huge for me because I can continue to build relationship with them.”


’24 4-star CB Noreel White, St. Martin High School, Ocean Springs, MS

“I had a great time and wish Coach Kiffin well.”


’24 4-star DL Jeffery Rush, Pascagoula (Miss.) High School

“I think it is a really good decision on his end. Ole Miss is a very special place and has a bright future, and I think staying there is a great decision.”


’24 4-star QB Demond Williams – Basha High School, Chandler, Arizona 

“It means a lot showing his commitment to the program and how he’ll be at Ole Miss for a long time. Great to know that you’d have longevity in your head coach.” 


’25 TE Ryan Ghea of Milton High School, Alpharetta, GA 

“Very exciting, Coach Baker was at the game last night and it feels good to know Coach Kiffin has committed to Ole Miss. Excited about their future.” 


’25 5-star WR Caleb Cunningham: Choctow County High School, Ackerman, MS

“I think he made the right decision to stay because he helped Ole Miss a lot and he’s a great coach. He knows how to coach very well and he’s a perfect fit at Ole Miss.”


’24 3-star LB/RB Crews Law: Christ Presbyterian Academy, Nashville, TN

“I was definitely excited to hear the news that Coach Kiffin is staying. It’s good not to have to start over and build new relationships with a new staff, which makes it better for my recruitment.”

As more recruit reactions come in, we’ll keep you posted. Stay tuned to The Rebel Walk and click HERE to follow me on Twitter.

Lee Ann Herring-Olvedo
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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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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