The Rebels picked up a verbal commitment from 5-foot-10, 230-pound running back Kenno Loyal, who was in attendance for the 52-7 loss to Alabama in Oxford.
As a junior, Loyal played at around 215 pounds and racked up over 1,500 yards rushing with 17 touchdowns.
I just got off the phone with Loyal’s high school coach at Columbia (Decatur, Ga.) High, Mario Allen, who said the running back could be a big get for the Rebels in more than one way.
“He does pretty much everything. He is a great running back, a great receiver, blocks well, runs hard. He has a good football IQ,” Allen said. “He’s a very disciplined young man, he’s not going to be a problem on or off the field.”
Allen said that while Loyal does have a big frame and is perceived as a power back, the senior has football speed that will allow him to play running back — not fullback — in college.
“He’s not one of those kids… everybody sees him as a power back but he also has football speed,” Allen said. “He’s not being caught from behind, even when (defenders) have an angle.”
Rivals.com has Loyal’s 40-yard dash time listed at 4.7 seconds.
According to Allen, a big reason Loyal committed to Ole Miss was because of the opportunity to play early with seniors Brandon Bolden and Enrique Davis graduating.
“I don’t think he was swayed by the Alabama game,” Allen said. “I think that just showed him how good the opportunity is there. Some kids may say, ‘I don’t want to go there.’ He’s looking at it as an opportunity to go there and maybe play early.”
Rivals.com has Loyal listed as a 3-star recruit and the No. 4 fullback (out of five…) in the country.
Scout.com rates Loyal as a 3-star recruit and the No. 56 running back in the country.
For more on Loyal and his commitment be sure to pick up a copy of Friday’s GAME DAY: Arkansas preview football tab. (October 18, 2011)