Ole Miss football knows a thing or two about big-time wide receivers, especially in the past few seasons.
From 2011 to 2013, Donte Moncrief was a beast for the Rebels. He put up 2,371 yards and 20 touchdowns in three seasons for Ole Miss, and was rewarded by becoming a third-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Laquon Treadwell, a former five-star recruit, also had a great career at Ole Miss. In three seasons (2o13-2015) he put up 2,393 yards and 21 touchdowns. He was drafted in the first round of this past NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings, No. 23 overall.
This season for the Rebels, it’s the combo of junior Damore’ea Stringfellow and freshmen Van Jefferson and A.J. Brown leading the Ole Miss wideout crew. Stringfellow has 305 yards and two touchdowns so far this season, Jefferson has 244 yards and a touchdown and Brown has 188 yards two his name as well as two touchdowns. There’s all looking up at senior tight end Evan Engram, who’s leading the way with 479 yards and four touchdowns, but the point remains — Ole Miss knows a thing or two about good wide receivers.
Moncrief, Stringfellow, Jefferson and Brown are all former four-star wide receivers. Treadwell was the No. 1 wide receiver in the 2013 class and the No. 14 overall player in America, according to the industry generated 247Sports Composite.
Will D.D. Bowie, four-star wide receiver and 2017 Alabama commit, be next in line for the Rebels? It’s always tough to project exactly what a recruit will be able to do at the second level, but initial impressions of Bowie are very good. He has star potential.
Bowie is 6-foot-1, 197 pounds and hail from Morton, Miss. (Morton). According to his HUDL account, he runs a 4.47 40, which is blazing speed for a recruit who’s just now playing his senior year — so he’ll be bringing some quickness to the table for Ole Miss once he does end up on campus.
According to the 247Sports Composite, Bowie is the No. 12 wide receiver in America and the No. 79 overall. Just as important for Huge Freeze and the Rebels, he’s ranked as the No. 2 player from Mississippi, only behind five-star running back Cam Akers.
Succeeding at in-state recruiting is vital for any program, but especially down in the South where schools from all over the country are always trying to build pipelines. So far so good this cycle for the Rebels. Two of the top five players in the state are committed to Ole Miss. Bowie joins four-star outside linebacker Willie Gay in Freeze’s 2017 class.
By all those measurables Bowie was a big commitment for Ole Miss. There’s also the recruiting race for his commitment to consider, though.
Bowie wasn’t always a rebel. In fact, there was a point in time when he was committed to Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide. The U.S. Army All-American committed to Alabama in June of 2015. He only lasted a few months with Alabama, though, taking an unofficial visit to Ole Miss in October, which led to his decommitment from the Tide. He committed to Ole Miss that same day and has been firm with the Rebels ever since.
“My relationship with Ole Miss is like family,” Bowie told Will Sammon of The Clarion-Ledger in July. “I’ll be staying in the ‘Sip because they show me love all the time.”
The four-star wideout also had this to say about other schools recruiting him, per Sammon:
“They just know that my relationship with Ole Miss is real strong and that’s where I want to go.”
Statements like that have to be great to hear for Ole Miss, because there were some big-time programs after Bowie’s commitment. Along with Alabama and the Rebels, Auburn, Miami, Mississippi State and Southern Miss have offered. LSU and Oregon were on the four-star’s interest list as well.
In Bowie’s junior year, he caught 21 passes for 704 yards and 10 touchdowns, according to Maxpreps. He also had 102 carries for 729 yards and 13 touchdowns. So far this season, Maxpreps has Bowie down for 1,373 rush yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground to go along with 12 receptions for 137 yards and two touchdowns.
Especially at the high school level, Bowie is the type of player who can line up all over the field on offense and make plays — wide receiver, running back and even quarterback. It’s his speed, length and athleticism that makes him such and intriguing college wideout prospect, and he definitely has big-play written all over him. It would be not shocking in the least to see him follow in the footsteps of some of the great Ole Miss wide receivers before him.