The new Ole Miss Rebels’ defensive staff is making an early impact. After getting a commit from Canadian standout Tavius Robinson, a new defensive playmaker, signed with the Rebels. Navy linebacker Jacob Springer chose Ole Miss over other top programs.
The players recruited by Ole Miss’ new coaching staff seem to have a specific makeup. Coaches Partridge and Durkin are going after athletes ahead of technically gifted players. Springer fits that mold to a tee.
When he first arrived at Navy, Springer was a receiver. Soon after, he switched to defense. Since then, Springer thrived.
Time at Navy
Before transferring, he played two seasons with the Midshipmen. In that time, he amassed 102 tackles, eight sacks, and five turnovers. 2019 was his best season, earning second-team All-AAC.
Springer brings more than just a track record of success to the Ole Miss Rebels. He played a unique position at Navy.
While striker is a term usually associated with soccer, the utilization of the role in football has been growing over the years. In essence, a striker is a defensive player who plays neither linebacker nor safety. Instead, the position is a hybrid between the two.
This makes Springer an extraordinarily versatile and potentially important player. Ole Miss staff took a liking to Springer’s ability to perform in multiple positions, coupled with his athleticism. Another top-level signing says something about recruiting.
Defensive Staff making an Impression
Ole Miss’ new defensive staff already made waves when Lane Kiffin decided to bring in D.J. Durkin. Now, it appears as though that gamble paid off. The combination of Chris Partridge and Durkin certainly make a great impression on incoming players.
Springer told Red Cup Rebellion that Partridge and Durkin made it clear: they wanted him. Their persistence made a difference. Springer also received offers from Memphis, Michigan, and Notre Dame, among others. But he chose Ole Miss.
However, the Rebels will wait on Springer’s on-field ability. NCAA is yet to vote on the one-time transfer rule, making him ineligible to play in Oxford in 2020. Once 2021 rolls around, expect to see Springer patrolling the defensive backfield at the Vaught.
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