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OXFORD, Miss. -- Ole Miss Football addressed critical need areas and came away from National Signing Day with a haul of 22 new student-athletes who will bolster the team's chances for success, both on and off the field.

Hugh Freeze and his Rebel staff focused much of their energy on the defensive side of the ball, garnering the signatures of 15 players who look to immediately help return the Landshark defense to its former glory. Ole Miss inked a whopping six linebackers between the December and February signing periods.

The Rebels signed six high school All-Americans, including Under Armour All-Americans and high school teammates Breon Dixon and Tony Gray, as well as U.S. Army All-American D.D. Bowie.

Eleven of the 22 signees received a 4-star rating by one or more of the national recruiting services -- LB Dixon, OL Gray, DB Bowie, LB Josh Clarke, LB Chester Graves, DB Javien Hamilton, DB C.J. Miller, WR Braylon Sanders, LB Mohamed Sanogo, DB Kam'ron White and DE Markel Winters.

Like every class, there are some potential hidden gems in this one. A couple mentioned specifically by Freeze that are in the mold of an Evan Engram or a Mike Hilton could be LB Zikerrion Baker, LB Brenden Williams or RB Isaiah Woullard.

Early enrollees who will go through spring drills with the team include DE Ryder Anderson, Dixon, Hamilton, QB Jordan Ta'amu, Williams and Winters.

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