For a while, Lane Kiffin looked like the big winner of the offseason in the SEC. He didn’t get the Alabama job, but coming off a Peach Bowl win, he dominated the transfer portal, and no longer has to deal with his former boss one state over.
Kiffin still has the No. 1 portal class in the country with 17 incoming transfers, but his superstar running back Quinshon Judkins shocked the college football world by transferring to Ohio State. That loss dimmed the celebratory mood in Oxford, but bringing in Logan Diggs from LSU takes a bit of the sting out of Judkins’ decision. Despite the loss, Ole Miss had the best performance in the portal for how Kiffin built in the trenches.
His 17 additions were highlighted by former five-star defensive lineman Walter Nolen from Texas A&M, but he also brought in Princely Umanmielan from Florida to rush the passer off the edge. On the other side of the ball, Ole Miss got commitments from four starting-caliber offensive linemen.
With Jaxson Dart back, Ole Miss has a real chance to win the SEC in 2024. The Rebels are still a dark horse, but suddenly Kiffin has the type of defensive line that can compete with Georgia and Texas.