Ole Miss fans likely won’t remember Tray Scott’s name in a year or two. The defensive line coach left North Carolina to take the same position at Ole Miss on Jan. 1. However, his stint in Oxford lasted a little over a month before Kirby Smart came in and hired him away to Georgia.
Scott did stay with Ole Miss through signing day, though, and while his departure was abrupt, he and new defensive coordinator Wesley McGriff helped the Rebels land a pair of interior defensive linemen -- Tae-Kion Reed and Sincere David -- in the week leading up to signing day. Neither was highly-rated, but both have plenty of potential for the future.
At 6-foot-2, 305 pounds, David was the biggest signee in the Ole Miss class. But he’s plenty athletic, too, having played multiple positions in high school.
“Coach McGriff did a wonderful job with Sincere,” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said on signing day. “At the late hour, when things get kind of crazy, you always have a few different plans. He showed me his tape. At 320 pounds, he’s lined up at tailback, quarterback, kicker -- he’s just an athletic, big dude.
“Tray is confident that if you get him an athletic, big dude; he can get him to be a dominant defensive lineman. We’re excited about him.”
Reed made headlines when he picked up a Mississippi State hat and threw it across the room before putting on the Ole Miss hat during a signing day ceremony at his high school. The reaction of his mother was priceless.
Because of the video, Reed quickly became a favorite among Rebel fans. But he can play, too.
“[Reed] is one of these 6-foot-4 guys waiting to develop and blow up and be a dominant football player,” Freeze said.
At first glance, David and Reed look like last-minute additions made to fill up a recruiting class that was struggling to come together. And sure, it might take a year or two before either see the field. But don’t be surprised if at least one of the two is starting in a couple years, and both should at least be in the defensive line rotation by then.