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Mother knows best: Ole Miss’ best recruiter might not even be a coach

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Ole Miss has had numerous high-level recruiters in its coaching offices in the past few years. This year, the top Rebels recruiter may not even be on campus.

Earlier this week, four-star athlete Diwun Black decommitted from Mississippi State. He is one of the top-three recruits in Mississippi in this recruiting cycle, which is an especially deep one for the state.

Enter Jordan Jernigan’s mom, Tamiko Douglas.

Jernigan, a three-star wide receiver from Tupelo (Miss.) High, committed to Ole Miss in October. More important for the Rebels, Douglas is on board as well. She reached out to Black on Twitter upon hearing about his decommitment, and Black retweeted her message.

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Coincidentally – or not – the Rebels now are considered the favorite to land Black.

A key component in Douglas’ tweets is about how Ole Miss is a family that transcends bloodlines.

“I absolutely love it,” she told GN about Ole Miss. “Didn’t think I would but I do. From the parking lot to the field, we felt loved. I’m super excited for the program. Think they struck gold with Coach (Matt) Luke. Excited to be a part.”

Ole Miss has done well with moms on the recruiting trail. In 2011, the Rebels received a commitment from four-star offensive lineman Aaron Morris. His mother became an active Rebels recruiter in that cycle.

(You can follow Brad Logan on Twitter @BradLoganCOTE)

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