Mississippi appears to have hit the jackpot with an football recruiting class that included the consensus No. 1 overall recruit, one of the top receivers and one of the best offensive tackles.
Defensive end Robert Nkemdiche had decided to join his brother Denzel at Ole Miss. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound recruit, has been on several programs' wish list for more than a year, but Ole Miss appeared to be his destination for months because of close family ties.
The Rebels also welcomed receiver Laquon Teadwell and offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil. That gives Mississippi three five-star recruits.
Even Miami Heat star LeBron James was impressed. He tweeted, "Ole Miss ain't messing around today."
National champ Alabama looks like it reloaded nicely for another title run. Nick Saban recruiting class was ranked No. 1 in the country by Rivals.com.
Notre Dame's class was highly regarded as well, with most recruiting services rating it among the top five in the country. Coach Brian Kelly landed running back Greg Bryant of Delray Beach, Fla., linebacker Jaylon Smith of Fort Wayne, running back Tarean Folston, who rushed for 1,186 yards and 13 touchdowns for Cocoa (Fla.) High School, and safety Max Redfield of Mission Viejo, Calif.
Standout defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes from Auburn Calif., became the 24th player to commit to the Fighting Irish when he made his announcement Wednesday night. Vanderdoes had previously committed to Southern California, but announced recently he was looking at other schools.
For Notre Dame it was a stark difference from a year ago, when on signing day receiver Deontay Greenberry unexpectedly signed with Houston. Most recruiting services had the Irish ranked in the top five in the country before Vanderdoes committed. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said he wasn't going to argue.