New Year's Eve wasn't all bad for Ole Miss. Hours after the Rebels were thumped in the Peach Bowl they received good news in the form of a verbal commitment from 2016 recruit Octavious Cooley, according to reports.
Listed at 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, the Laurel High product is a physically mature get for the Rebels who could play tight end or receiver for Ole Miss.
According to MaxPreps.com, Cooley had 41 catches for 994 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014 as LHS rolled to a MHSAA Class 5A state title.
Rivals.com lists Cooley, a three-star recruit, as the 10th-best Mississippi prospect and No. 18 tight end nationally. Scout.com considers Cooley a four-star prospect and the fourth-best tight end in his class. 247Sports.com has Cooley listed as a four-star receiver, ranking him as the fifth-best prospect in Mississippi and the No. 22 receiver nationally.
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ESPN, meanwhile, has Cooley listed as a four-star prospect, ranking him third in the state and as the No. 17 receiver nationally.
According to Rivals.com, Cooley is the eighth commitment for Ole Miss' 2016 class and second tight end -- or third receiver, depending where he sticks. Seven of Ole Miss' commitments for the class are on the offensive side of the ball.
Cooley picked Ole Miss over offers from Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Southern Miss and others.