Big weekend in Oxford as Ole Miss hosting talented portal QBs in Brady Allen, Mike Wright
OXFORD, Miss. – Monday is the biggest day of the college football season as Georgia and TCU square off for the national title.
This weekend is a pretty big deal in Oxford, Miss., too.
Ole Miss, in need of quarterback depth on its roster, is hosting a pair of potential transfers on campus. Mike Wright, formerly of Vanderbilt, and Brady Allen of Purdue are taking official visits to Oxford.
Jaxson Dart returns to the Rebels as the starting quarterback, but behind him Ole Miss’ locker is a little bare. Luke Altmyer decided to transfer to Illinois and Kinkead Dent, who has remaining eligibility, participated in Senior Day last season and has not yet stated whether he intends to return to the team.
Wright was a leader for the Commodores in his three seasons in Nashville. Last year he was named team captain and represented the school at SEC Media Days.
Wright saw action in ten games for Vandy in 2022, completing 85 of 148 passes for 974 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was the starter for the Commodores early in the season and ended up splitting playing time with freshman AJ Swann.
In his career, Wright completed 55% of his passes for 2,067 yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also rushed for 905 yards on 176 attempts with seven touchdowns.
Mike Wright is fast 💨 #TransferToTheSip pic.twitter.com/lDJoGwvIVQ
— We Run the Sip (@OMRebelNation) January 5, 2023
A native of Fayetteville, Ga., Wright rushed for a season-high 163 yards in the opener at Hawaii.
Allen, who saw action in just one game for the Boilermakers as a true freshman, has an impressive high school resume and was a consensus 4-star recruit.
He was Mr. Indiana football for 2021 while throwing for 11,918 yards, the second-highest total in state history. In his senior year, he passed for 4,253 yards and 58 touchdowns.
ICYMI: Gibson Southern QB Brady Allen is the Courier & Press All-SW Indiana Player of the Year. 4,253 yards and 58 touchdowns. Won a state title.
Story: https://t.co/C9q5xd1LDh pic.twitter.com/mRF8y0PQjT
— Kyle Sokeland (@kylesokeland) December 11, 2021
Allen was the second-highest quarterback recruit in Purdue history, ranking just behind Kyle Orton but ahead of Drew Brees. He led Gibson Southern High to the 3A state championship.
Although Allen hails from Ft. Branch, Ind., he has a Southern connection. His uncle, Sean Fuller, is the drummer for the country band Florida-Georgia Line.
Other weekend visitors
Other Ole Miss visitors this weekend in addition to Wright and Allen include: Ohio State wide receiver Javontae Jean-Baptiste, Memphis tight end Caden Prieskorn and Oklahoma State wide receiver Brycen Green.
Ole Miss opens the 2023 season on Sept. 3 when the Rebels host Mercer at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
Steve Barnes joins The Rebel Walk staff as a senior writer and brings a trifecta of journalistic experience. As a writer, he has covered college sports for Rivals.com, Football.com and SaturdayDownSouth.com, as well as served as a staff writer for various traditional newspapers.
He has been a broadcaster for arena football and several national tournament events for the National Junior College Athletic Association, as well as hosting various radio shows.
A former sports information director at Albany (Ga.) State University and an assistant at Troy and West Florida, he has helped organize numerous NCAA conference, regional and national events, including serving for five years on the media committee of NCAA Division II World Series.
Barnes, a native of Pensacola, Fla., attended Ole Miss in 1983-84, where his first journalism teacher was David Kellum. The duo has come a long way since then.
He will bring a proven track record of journalism, along with a knack for finding off-the-beaten-track story angles to The Rebel Walk.
Barnes continues to live in Pensacola just ten minutes from the beach because he has taste and brains.