OXFORD — Ole Miss Football took a big step in bolstering its defense with the addition of high school early enrollees Ryder Anderson and Breon Dixon on Monday, the first day of spring semester classes.
Anderson, a defensive end from Katy, Texas, and Dixon, a linebacker from Loganville, Georgia, join a 2017 class that already includes three junior college defensive standouts – Jones County JC defensive back Javien Hamilton, Northeast Mississippi CC linebacker Brenden Williams and Jones County JC defensive end Markel Winters – and New Mexico Military quarterback Jordan Ta’amu. These six will go through spring drills with the team in preparation for the 2017 season.
“Ryder and Breon are extremely talented young men, and we are excited to have them on campus for the spring,” head coach Hugh Freeze said. “Ryder is a winner and a gifted pass rusher that brings great length on the edge. Our staff made a strong connection with Breon during the recruiting process, and we hope he can help us address a need area right away. We appreciate both student-athletes and their families for their commitment to our program.”
The rest of the 2017 Ole Miss class can begin to submit national letters of intent on National Signing Day, which is Wednesday, Feb. 1.
Listed are complete bios on the Rebels’ high school early enrollees.
Ryder Anderson, DE, 6-6, 231, Katy, Texas.
High school: A consensus 3-star prospect according to the major recruiting sites. Ranked the No. 85 defensive end in the country by ESPN and the state of Texas’ No. 10 DE by Scout, helped Katy to a 10-3 record as a senior after a perfect 16-0 season and state championship his junior year The Tigers’ allowed just 62 points his entire junior year, pitching shutouts in 10 games. Compiled a high school career record of 55-6 Played defensive end, outside linebacker and tight end Younger brother of Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson and nephew of former Alabama and NFL defensive end Mark Anderson.
Breon Dixon LB 5-11 218 Loganville, Ga. Grayson.
High school: Under Armour All-American. Rated a 4-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals and Scout Listed as the nation’s No. 144 overall recruit and No. 8 outside linebacker by ESPN Listed as the No. 18 OLB by Rivals and No. 24 OLB by Scout Rated the No. 19 prospect in Georgia by ESPN, No. 24 by Rivals and No. 32 by Scout.
Led team highlight with three tackles for loss in the Under Armour All-America game.
Helped Grayson to a 14-1 record and the 2016 7A state championship with a 23-20 overtime win over Roswell. Posted 64 tackles, two interceptions, 12 sacks and more than 20 tackles for loss as a senior. As a junior at Peachtree Ridge, had 12 sacks and four interceptions. Transferred to Grayson after his junior year, the same high school as former Ole Miss defensive standouts Denzel Nkemdiche and Robert Nkemdiche.