Huge early period for the Rebels

Ole Miss signed a pair of four-star junior college prospects and two highly-coveted high school talents this week, according to the school's website.

The group includes athlete Quadarias Mireles (Delray Beach, Fla./Hinds CC), defensive tackle Lavon Hooks (Atlanta/Northeast Mississippi CC), running back Mark Dodson Jr. (Memphis, Tenn./Whitehaven) and tight end Christian Morgan (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian).

Head coach Hugh Freeze commented Wednesday on three of his newest Rebels: "Quadarias, Mark and Christian will help address great need areas, and we are excited to welcome them to our program. We appreciate their families and their coaches that have made them the outstanding young men they are. All three have shown great love for Ole Miss and will help build on the momentum we have established."

Freeze said of Hooks, who signed a day later: "It was a difficult recruiting battle, and we could not be more excited Lavon chose to be a Rebel. It's always special to sign a player from one of our outstanding Mississippi junior colleges. Lavon is an explosive player who will make an immediate impact on our defensive line."

Mireless, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound athlete, is the No. 9-rated player in the ESPN JC 100 and a two-time all-conference selection at the junior college level.

The 6-4, 295-pound Hooks is considered the nation's 16th best junior college talent. He earned honorable mention All-NJCAA recognition this fall after posting 51 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks.

Dodson, a 5-10, 183-pound ESPN 300 prospect, finished his high school career with the county rushing record of nearly 7,000 yards and was named Tennessee's 2012 Gatorade Player of the Year.

The 6-4, 255-pound Morgan, a three-star prospect, caught 31 passes for 497 yards and 5 touchdowns as a senior.

Ole Miss has 21 commitments/signings in its nationally-ranked class of 2013.