Should Dogs try a ‘package deal’ to land top recruit Nkemdiche?

Do the Dogs need more leverage to land Robert Nkemdiche? (AJC file)

Do the Dogs need more leverage to land Robert Nkemdiche? (AJC file)

Although Bulldogs recruitniks are encouraged that UGA made the latest “Top 5″ schools under consideration by Robert Nkemdiche, the nation’s consensus No. 1 overall college football prospect, most recruiting handicappers still consider Alabama the overwhelming favorite to snag the defensive end from Loganville, with some giving Ole Miss a shot because that’s where his brother Denzel is playing and it would make his dad happy to have both boys on the same team.

That’s what’s called a “package deal” in the recruiting business.

But there’s another potential package deal that might allow Georgia to get a little more leverage with Nkemdiche than just being the home state school. Some recruiting observers think UGA could perhaps ace out Bama and Ole Miss if it were to offer a spot to cornerback David Kamara, Nkemdiche’s teammate at Grayson High and his best friend since sixth grade.

As Nkemdiche told the AJC’s Michael Carvell about Kamara, “He’s a real good cornerback, and that’s my closest friend. I love hanging out and playing football with David. He’s like my brother. I’m with him all the time. I would like to go to college with him. He’s a good person, and a hard worker on the football field. There are a lot of good things about him. He can help a team. … Wherever we feel like we can go together and both have an offer from, that will work out for us.”

After reading that, one Georgia fan spoke for many when he told me, “If I’m Richt, I’m offering this guy’s best friend asap.”

It certainly doesn’t hurt that Kamara is a speedy cornerback and Georgia is dangerously thin at that position. Plus, this is like a second chance at Nkemdiche after UGA failed to offer a scholarship to his brother quickly enough when it had the chance.

“Yes, that would’ve made a difference for me with Georgia,” Nkemdiche told the AJC after visiting UGA. “I never really understood it. Georgia just waited too long and [Denzel] went ahead and signed with Ole Miss. But I like Georgia. It’s fine that my brother is not there. I still like Georgia.”

Offering Kamara probably is the Dogs’ best chance at countering those national championship rings the Tide are flashing at him. And getting Nkemdiche away from Nick Saban would be a major recruiting coup.

It’s not like package deals are a foreign concept for Mark Richt’s program, either. Most observers feel that being a close friend of the much-wanted Isaiah Crowell helped draw an offer from UGA for Quintavious Harrow, and perhaps Georgia’s pursuit of five-star recruit John Theus played a role in the Dogs signing his brother Nathan to a scholarship as a “long snappuh.” Then there are the Ogletree brothers, Alec and Zander.

Of course, these package deals don’t always work out the way they’re intended. Many figured Georgia offered receiver Lonnie Outlaw because he was the cousin of hot prospect Nick Marshall, but Outlaw never was able to qualify and now Marshall is gone, too.

Still, with a few scholarships in his pocket to play with and a paucity of cornerbacks, there doesn’t appear to be any downside to Richt offering one to Kamara, whether it’s strictly on his own merits or part of a play for Nkemdiche.

What do you think?

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302 comments Add your comment

Thomas Brown

March 7th, 2012
10:12 am

Try to 13-1.

Dean Tate

March 7th, 2012
10:16 am

Dogs should offer five or six of his teammates if that would help.

Thomas Brown

March 7th, 2012
10:16 am

There have been 26 of them Mark Richt gave a Scholarship to who will not play 2012, although they should have been here playing for this up-coming 2012 season.

BG

March 7th, 2012
10:19 am

Yes! GO DAWGS!!

pj

March 7th, 2012
10:22 am

Is there really any debate that this should happen?

Dawg Haus

March 7th, 2012
10:27 am

There’s no harm in offering Kamara. Even if Nkemdiche signs elsewhere, the Dawgs still have a solid CB to help with depth in the secondary.

Ga/Fl.Stillman dog

March 7th, 2012
10:28 am

Do they have scholarship packages for coaches? If so lets offer two of the best coaches other than Richt and Bobo

GDawg

March 7th, 2012
10:32 am

We need CBs but don’t offer just to offer unless he will indeed take a starting spot.

GTBob

March 7th, 2012
10:33 am

Why does UGA need to offer a package deal? Can they not get this kid on their own without resorting to desperate tactics? I thought Mark Richt was the best recruiter who ever lived.

Frank Lane

March 7th, 2012
10:33 am

Yes they should.

Tuck Fech

March 7th, 2012
10:39 am

Lemme guess, that cornerback is 5′8″ tall, just like the rest of our DB recruits…

Rabun Dawg

March 7th, 2012
10:42 am

I concur Dawg Haus. Robert is probably going to UA, and even if Kamara goes there as well,or elsewhere, at least you tried to get one, or both in your program.

GDawg

March 7th, 2012
10:42 am

He is 5′9″ and runs the 40 in 4.8 and they say speedy.

Dap01

March 7th, 2012
10:42 am

UGA needs the corner back on his own merit. Does anyone know if CMR has had any discussions with Kamara?

Tuck Fech

March 7th, 2012
10:52 am

4.8 in the 40 for a DB is anything but speedy.

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Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 7th, 2012
10:56 am

It worked to to get Herschel!
CLEMSON is Yabba Dabba Doo U…..now UGa is…..Any Gimmick Will Do U

@ GTBob

March 7th, 2012
10:56 am

Your fascination with our packages is disturbing, not to mention embarrassing to the Institute.

Desert Fox

March 7th, 2012
11:01 am

The dawgs can spare one scholly if it means they can land both. Offer both of them since there’s nothing to lose.

Choke

March 7th, 2012
11:05 am

Offer him but only if he will be a valuable contributor. Nathan Theus is a long-snapper (small but very useful role); Zander has actually started at FB. As for Harrow, he’s a demon on kick-off team: KOs on KO. The chance of landing a more talented friend/sibling might have sweetened the pot, but all of these guys are valuable to UGA’s team.

Dawg Haus

March 7th, 2012
11:05 am

Seriously, Rabun Dawg. Cootie Harrow was a good pick-up in a perceived “package deal” to get Isaiah Crowell.

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gomdawg

March 7th, 2012
11:06 am

IF HE IS 100 % BULLDAWG HE WILL COME — IF HE’S NOT WE DON’T WANT HIM SIMPLE

UGA Insider

March 7th, 2012
11:06 am

This kid is all Bama so I recommend staying in touch but not spending too much time on him.

gomdawg

March 7th, 2012
11:09 am

He must like Georgia his hair is red and black ???

GDawg

March 7th, 2012
11:10 am

Agree UGA Insider if anything go for Foster.

Comin' Down The Track

March 7th, 2012
11:13 am

Short answer? Yes.

claytondawg

March 7th, 2012
11:14 am

He may be “ONLY 5′9:” but speed is a quality that is sorely needed on both sides of the ball. I see him as a possible kick return spcialist AND special team play on defense.

Top Row Dawg

March 7th, 2012
11:15 am

I would offer him. Bout time we got a kid from Grayson,need to open that closed door.

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DawgT

March 7th, 2012
11:22 am

The dawgs need to do whatever it takes to get a superstar like Nkemdiche—offer kamara ASAP!

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Italian_29

March 7th, 2012
11:33 am

I think Kamara qualifies for an offer on his OWN merits and what he would bring to the team, if it helps get Nkemdiche to take a closer look at UGA, all the better. Kamara would help our team regardless of RN committing to us. GO DAWGS! GATA!!!

DFWdawg

March 7th, 2012
11:38 am

I say package it up. We need all the 4-5 star recruits we can get, especially when they are looking in conf. @GTBob you should really worry about how to get the comic book store to work a package deal for x-men and silver surfer and leave the football to the state champs. oh BTW Your sister says Hi.

td

March 7th, 2012
11:44 am

The guy is 5′11 and runs a 4.5. Yes, UGA should offer him if they feel it would give them a better chance at signing RN. The guy is already slated at being a 1st rounder in the NFL draft and could make the D outstanding for the next three years.

Thomas Brown

March 7th, 2012
11:50 am

DawgBarkCEO
Matt Pasek
DawgBark
Charlotte, NC
_______________________________
Why are you so jealous of Alabama ?

Is this possibly it, since you discuss this morning the fact that you say if offered by 2-time National Champions Alabama (out of last 3 possible NC) and offered by Mark Richt that you would choose Mark Richt ?

Signed by Kirby Smart and Nick Saban Alabama 2012 season alone:

# 4 MLB in nation Dillon Lee (Buford HS) 6-3.5/238
# 8 CB in nation Geno Smith (St. Pius) 6-0/165
# 17 RB in nation Kenyan Drake (Hillgrove HS) 6-0/195
# 17 DT in nation Dalvin Tomlinson (Henry County) 6-3/270
# 20 OT in nation Brandon Greene (Cedar Grove) 6-6/295
# 20 TE in nation Kurt Freitag (Buford HS) 6-4/237
# 27 DT in nation Dakota Ball (Pepperell HS) 6-2/295
# 1 Kicker in nation Adam Griffith (Calhoun HS) Alabama

Alabama is ranked the # 2 recruiting class in the nation
UGA is ranked # 14.

8 Alabama players signed from Georgia of 4-Stars or more
5 Georgia players signed from Georgia of 4-Stars or more.

Scout.com
*Kenyan Drake # 13 RB in nation by Kirby Smart*
Kurt Freitag # 13 TE in nation
*Adam Griffith # 2 Kicker in nation*
*Brandon Greene # 33 OL in nation*
*Dakota Ball # 29 DT in nation by Kirby Smart*
*Dillon Lee # 4 LB in nation by Kirby Smart*
*Geno Smith # 8 DB in nation*
*Dalvin Tomlinson # 11 DT in nation Kirby Smart*

Rivals.com

* All these players in the state of Georgia were offered a scholarship by Mark Richt.*

7 of the 8 Kirby Smart and Nick Saban out-recruited Mark Richt in the state of Georgia on.

Kirby Smart also recruited the # 1 athlete in the nation according to Rivals.com Eddie Williams, whom Mark Richt ALSO offered a scholarship too.

8 of these 9 recruits were offered by Mark Richt and by Nick Saban. All 9 signed with Nick Saban.

DFWdawg

March 7th, 2012
11:57 am

Thomas…whats your point man? uhhh…I mean…oh yeah…well your ugly.

You win Nice score boarding.

But in the infamous words of John HOOVER: Well, sir… we’re hoping that our midterm grades will help our average.

SEC Fans for Richt

March 7th, 2012
11:59 am

Ummmmmm, no.

GTBob

March 7th, 2012
11:59 am

you should really worry about how to get the comic book store to work a package deal for x-men and silver surfer and leave the football to the state champs.

Do UGA fans really call themselves state champs just so they can be a champion at something? Maybe you guys should just offer like 5 or 6 of Nkemdiche’s teammates like Dean Tate suggested. Maybe then he will consider UGA.

Thomas Brown

March 7th, 2012
12:02 pm

average ?

You mean like our Aaron Murray Heisman Trophy Quarterback

with his

# 72 ranking in pass completion percentage 2011 ?

nice average

Rick James

March 7th, 2012
12:03 pm

Georgia missed on the brother and Robert is making it clear that he wants to play with his friend so offer both and if the say no move on.Dont wait until Ole Miss does it and ends up with all three guys..

DFWdawg

March 7th, 2012
12:04 pm

Do Tech fans really check the dawg posts between ironing their Harry Potter cape, and asking mom for MEAT LOAF!

BTW you guys gave your players rings last time they beat us so check yourself Frodo.

Silverdogg

March 7th, 2012
12:06 pm

Thomas Brown quit trying to spin the facts to benifit you. If you use your logic. Alabama offered Theus, Marshall, Clemmons, Taylor, Floyd, etc.. So I guess Richt beat out Saban for these recruits.

Thomas Brown

March 7th, 2012
12:06 pm

No, we call ourselves State Champions because we beat you 10 of the 11 years of Mark Richt so far, and will again this season.

Bigdsel5556

March 7th, 2012
12:06 pm

It would be nice if UGA could land him. Keep working hard and maybe he will stay in state. We got a long way to go till nsd

DFWdawg

March 7th, 2012
12:08 pm

It is a movie quote TB. Mark has done poorly vs. Saban.

SEC fan

March 7th, 2012
12:09 pm

Soon as the friend gets an offer, a new friend will pop up. This kids best official 40 time is 4.86. He has no offers from anywhere. Besides, he also wants something for his girlfriend. Only UTk would make such a deal.