Ole Miss was the worst team in the SEC last year, slouching to a 2-10 record and an 0-8 mark in the SEC.
Hugh Freeze was hired away from Arkansas State in order to change that. Job One is upgrading a roster that hasn't produced a first-team All-SEC player since 2009.
As John Miller, the Rebels' assistant athletics director for football operations, told the Mobile Ole Miss club last week: "We're focusing 100 percent right now on recruiting."
Freeze, who once worked for Ed Orgeron at Ole Miss, promised to bring a 12-month recruiting strategy to Oxford inspired by Orgeron, who is now the recruiting coordinator at Southern Cal. To manage that strategy, he brought his former receivers coach at Arkansas State, Tyler Siskey, to Oxford to be the Rebels' recruiting coordinator.
Siskey, a Troy grad, knows SEC talent when he sees it. He coached Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron and former Tide safety Mark Barron as offensive coordinator at St. Paul's Episcopal School in Mobile in 2006 and '07. He wants to bring that same caliber of player to Oxford.
He's been in Oxford for about four months now, and he's been extremely busy.
According to a recent report in the Clarion-Ledger, Ole Miss has at least 246 offers out to prospects in the 2013 class, including 13 quarterbacks, 31 receivers and 39 defensive ends.
The Rebels currently have four commitments from four-star prospects for 2013, including two from outside the Southeast. And they're in the hunt for the top prospect in the country, Loganville, Ga., defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, whose brother, Denzel, is a defensive back at Ole Miss.
Meanwhile, top in-state prospects such as Jackson quarterback Ryan Buchanan and Rosedale running back Kailo Moore were expected to be in Oxford for a camp this weekend.