Ten@10: Nkemdiche Brothers plan to stick together as Denzel signs with MGCCC

THE TEN AT 10:

Whoever wants to sign Grayson defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche in 2013 will also need to sign his brother Denzel Nkemdiche out of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College between now and then. (Photo by Cecil Copeland/theathleticimage.com)

Whoever wants to sign Grayson defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche in 2013 will also need to sign his brother Denzel Nkemdiche out of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College between now and then. (Photo by Cecil Copeland/theathleticimage.com)

1. Some of you may recall the story I wrote last fall about brothers Denzel and Robert Nkemdiche (pronounced kim-DEE-chee) and how the Grayson football stars intend to play together in college. Denzel (6-0, 205) is a senior linebacker and running back while Robert (6-4, 250) is a sophomore defensive lineman who is expected to be one of top prospects in America for 2013.

Phase one of that plan got underway on national signing day as Denzel signed with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. I asked Grayson coach Mickey Conn why the JUCO route.

“Well, Denzel is still working towards his eligibility, but actually he should be eligible by the end of this semester,” he said. “I think he wants to go this route because he wants to end up with his brother. This way he gets his school paid for, can work on his academics and gets to play ball for a really good team until his brother is ready to go to college.”

The big question, then, is what school placed Denzel at MGCCC? Surely that’s where they’ll both end up.

“Nobody placed him,” Conn said with a laugh. “There were a couple of schools that helped us a bit, but nobody placed him.”

Robert Nkemdiche already has verbal offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Alabama and BYU. But which school he might favor at this point is anybody’s guess.

“I would say Robert’s going to go pretty much wherever he wants to go,” Conn said. “I know he likes Alabama. Georgia’s been through, Georgia Tech’s been through. Pretty much everybody has expressed that they want Robert.”

2. Of course, the most high-profile signing of the 2011 recruiting class has yet to take place. Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney of Rock Hill, S.C. — the consensus No. 1 recruit in America — won’t be signing until Monday, Feb. 14, which happens to also be his birthday. Alabama, Clemson and South Carolina are each holding a spot for Clowney.

The latest reports have Clowney favoring the Gamecocks, according to South Pointe High coach Bobby Carroll. “It’s not because of Alabama’s legacy or anything like that,” Carroll told The Charleston Post and Courier. “It’s the proximity thing. He’s just not sure he wants to make that long ride.”

3. The Gamecocks’ waiting game has come at a price. They already have 31 signees in their 2011 class. As a result, they have withdrawn — or at least put on hold — a long-standing offer for defensive lineman Lorenzo Mauldin of Atlanta’s Maynard Jackson High School. Mauldin, a ward of the state much of his life, according to 11Alive.com, had been committed to South Carolina since last July. Another commitment, Florida linebacker Jordan Montgomery, has also had his offer “put on hold,” according to a story in the Post and Courier.

For his part, Mauldin doesn’t seem to be overly upset about the situation, even though it was floated via “sources” that he has academic shortcomings. He had the opportunity to sign with Troy but passed. “I will be playing football in 2011, just not at South Carolina yet,” Mauldin told the Rivals website GamecockCentral.com. “If I have to go to prep school, it will probably be Fork Union.”

I will be following up on this story.

4. Georgia Tech has been very busy on the recruiting trail for 2012, offering two more kids just this week. According to JacketsOnline.com, the Yellow Jackets offered CB T.J. Davis of Tallahassee, Fla., and his Godby High teammate, QB Dennis Andrews. Davis is an elite defensive back who already holds offers from at least 12 schools, including Auburn, Clemson, LSU and Ohio State. Andrews, who got his first offer from Tech, is considered one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in Florida. The Yellow Jackets also recently offered Stephenson running back Mike Davis (5-11, 185) and defensive end Jarontay Jones (6-3, 235).

Tech has already offered at least two dozen prospects for 2012, according to GoJackets.com, including in-state stars such as Jordan Jenkins, Geno Smith, Kenyan Drake and Jonathan Taylor.

5. As for 2012 offers, it’s doubtful many Georgia high schools could have more juniors offered than Stephenson has lately. In addition to the Tech offers to Davis and Jones, Florida offered Jones, two-way lineman Jafar Mann (6-4, 275) and middle linebacker Raphael Kirby (6-1, 212). On Monday, Maryland offered Davis while Southern Miss offered Kirby, OLB Darreon Herring (6-3, 200) and OL Steve McKenzie (6-3, 280). Memphis offered all of the above plus DT Carlos Hood (6-3, 270) last month.

6. Maybe I’m biased, but in my book the AJC’s Steve Hummer is the best pure sports writer in America. Anyway, we managed to rope him into some recruiting coverage and he wrote this terrific piece on UGA signee Isaiah Crowell. You’ll love the part about how Richt illustrated to Crowell and his family Georgia’s need for a tailback.

7. Speaking of Crowell, apparently there will be life after Crowell at Carver-Columbus. The ball-carrying duties would appear to be in capable hands in the form of Cequanti Ford. Ford (5-9, 175), a rising senior, had nearly 1,000 yards serving as Crowell’s backup running back at Carver. However, many project him as a defensive back on the next level. Ford is the son of UGA letterman Glenn Ford, who played defensive back for the Bulldogs in the 1990s.

8. Georgia, of course, will play one of its most intriguing openers in a long time when it kickoffs the 2011 season against Boise State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on Sept. 3 at the Georgia Dome. The other day I talked to old friend of mine, Bob Behler, who is the play-by-play man for the Broncos, and, well, let’s just say they’ll be coming to Atlanta with considerable confidence. They’ll also likely be bringing with them a Top 10 ranking, maybe top 5. ESPN’s Mark Schlabach has them No. 8 in his “Way Too Early Top 25″ for 2011.

In any case, being the recruiting guy I felt compelled to look and see how Boise State did (or was perceived to have done) in recruiting this year. The Broncos signed 19 players in their 2011 class, none of whom garnered better than a three-star rating, according to Rivals.com. They did have nine two-star recruits. Thus, they were not rated in the Rivals rankings, which go 50 deep, or the ESPN rankings, which go 25. But they did nab the 65th spot in the Scout rankings, for what it’s worth.

Before you start snickering, keep in mind, Boise never has great recruiting classes. Nevertheless, it has managed to win 12 or more games for four of the last five years.

9. Speaking of the Broncos, I had a friend who is a UGA fan who point out that their starting center is 5-foot-11, 281 pounds. With Georgia likely to start junior college transfer John Jenkins (6-4, 340) at nose guard — who signed with the Bulldogs this past Saturday — “that’s at least one battle we ought to win,” he said.

Interestingly, Richt credits the Boise State opener in the Georgia Dome for having as much to do as anything with helping to put together the Bulldogs’ ballyhooed 2011 class. Said Jenkins: “When it’s time to open that Georgia Dome, I’m going to be ready. I can promise you that.”

In case you missed it, Georgia has agreed to let Jenkins wear the number 6 jersey next season. “You’re going to be the biggest nose guard in America wearing a single digit,” Richt told him.

10. THIS & THAT: One of the first orders of business for Georgia’s new offensive line coachWill Friend on Monday was to call all the Bulldogs’ offensive line recruits. “I talked to him last night,” signee Watts Dantzler of Dalton said. “I really liked him.” UGA signed five O-linemen in the 2011, six if you include long snapper Nathan Theus, who may also play some guard or center. One of those signees, tackle Xzavier Ward, actually committed after former line coach Stacy Searels left for Texas. . . .

The number of Georgians to sign on to play college football continues to creep up. It’s now at 743, according to high school football historian Steve Slay. That number includes eight additions and one subtraction since Sunday. Slay, who tracks down every college-bound football player in the state for the AJC each year, expects the number to continue to rise as late signings continue until the LOI period ends the first of April. . . . Signings continue to trickle in nationwide as well. Of course, one of the biggest switcheroos of all time occurred on Saturday when five-star offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio of Hyattsville, Md., who announced on national signing day he was going to ink with Auburn, signed instead with Alabama. Kouandjio is considered the No. 1 offensive lineman in America in 2011. . . . Meanwhile, Iowa, TCU and Minnesota have added signees since them, according to ESPN.com. . . . Here’s a link to some video of Malcolm Mitchell and Jay Rome being interviewed at a Valdosta radio station about their decisions to choose UGA.

By Chip Towers, The College Recruiting Blog


77 comments Add your comment

ECB

February 8th, 2011
10:02 am

go Dawgs

February 8th, 2011
10:14 am

GA needs to take a look at the Cochran kid for the 2012 Dream team. go Dawgs!

RabidDawgFan

February 8th, 2011
10:21 am

5′11 center from Boise going up against a 6′4, 340 lb NG from UGA. Who am I gonna take in that one? That guy from Boise better get in the weight room and eat all summer long because if he stays the same, he won’t be able to last very long. Not only will he have to try and handle Jenkins, but he’ll have blitzing linebackers coming through his gap as well. That’s one of our advantages.

Remarkable

February 8th, 2011
10:22 am

Does UGA have a spot open to offer Jadeveon Clowney?

Dave Dawg

February 8th, 2011
10:22 am

Anything to report about Ealey? Thanks for all the good work you do Chip

And oh yea! Go Dawgs

Cobb Dawg

February 8th, 2011
10:24 am

Agree with you about Hummer, Chip. As a sportswriter, I’d put him right up there in Dave Kindred territory.

My biggest concern about the Boise game is their coaching staff. They seem pretty clever and inventive. I fear we may win the talent battle but lose the strategy war.

Murphy

February 8th, 2011
10:24 am

Should be interesting to see what Richt does with Ealey today.Ship him out of Athens and have him take Caleb with him.Time to stop the non-sense and play the guys that are committed to this program.

Murphy

February 8th, 2011
10:26 am

Remarkable,

Yes we have room for Clowney.Wouldnt that be the icing on the cake?

RabidDawgFan

February 8th, 2011
10:28 am

I don’t think Ealey nor King will contribute much this season anyway with the depth we have at RB. King especially. Ealey may get carries but I don’t expect King to do much of anything. Crowell and Malcome, barring troubles, should be able to do their thing and get most of the carries. Richt can’t be afraid to throw Crowell into the fire just because he’s a freshman. Let him run on Boise and let’s see what we got.

Murphy

February 8th, 2011
10:31 am

Rabid,

Agree-Let Crowell go-turn him loose. Malcome will end up being very productive in 2011.He is a beast of a running back

Joe Mayo

February 8th, 2011
10:33 am

Speaking of Washaun Ealey and Emmanuel County Institute, Chip, did Washaun’s former teammate Dexter Moody sign with anyone on Wednesday? I think he played at JUCO last season.

ForsythDawg

February 8th, 2011
10:33 am

Pretty sure that Clowney already eliminated UGA. Can anyone confirm?

RabidDawgFan

February 8th, 2011
10:35 am

Guys, we’re NOT in the running for Clowney. It would be amazing if he came to UGA but it’s not happening. He’s basically down to Alabama and South Carolina. South Carolina is in the lead so far. I personally think he signs with South Carolina and I hate that because he’ll be coming after Murray year after year but it’s likely.

RabidDawgFan

February 8th, 2011
10:36 am

I still can’t get over the fact that Boise has a 5′11, 281 lb center. That’s high school right?

Joe Mayo

February 8th, 2011
10:38 am

Chris Beckham is awesome. Has the best friday night high school call-in show in the country. Hands down.

Worm

February 8th, 2011
10:38 am

Clowney is South carolina bound…Didn’t Boise lose their Offensive coordinator?

Worm

February 8th, 2011
10:39 am

Clowney took a visit to UGA and didn’t like it!

gt

February 8th, 2011
10:42 am

Hahahaha Georgia Bulldogs…Nuff said

chilidawg

February 8th, 2011
10:42 am

CMR and staff need to take a look at what Texas does in recruiting. With a talent rich state like Georgia, we should be able to fill our classes early with top shelf talent and sit back and watch the circus as NSD approaches. No doubt we closed extremely strong this year, but we would all be less stressed if we could do it the way Texas does.

Murphy

February 8th, 2011
10:42 am

Boise OC from last year is at Texas now

RabidDawgFan

February 8th, 2011
10:43 am

Gt…9-1…hahaha. nuff said

Gbal

February 8th, 2011
10:49 am

Re: Clowney — I think UGA is full and not holding a spot for him BUT… Now that Ealey has been suspended… I say cut him loose to open a spot and load up Drew, Jenkins, Crowell and send them on a road trip to Rock Hill S.C. with offer in hand for Clowney and instructions to bring him home to UGA. Surely MR and TG are workiing on this. How would that 3 man front look!!!

RabidDawgFan

February 8th, 2011
10:52 am

Imagine:

RE: Clowney
NG: Jenkins
LE: Tyson

OLB: Cornelius Washington
ILB: Christian Robinson
ILB: Jarvis Jones
OLB: Ray Drew

CB: Brandon Boykin
FS: Alec Ogletree
SS: Bacarri Rambo
CB: Sanders Commings

sogadog

February 8th, 2011
10:52 am

Mr. Towers,

You and the AJC staff did a great job reporting on this year’s recruiting season. Thanks, from a college football junkie.

Boise State is a well coached team, but they are way over rated by the mainstream media. If they played in the SEC year in and year out, they would be on par with Kentucky, Vanderbilt or Ole Miss and would rank in the bottom half of the conference. The Dawgs will crush the Broncos in September, sort of like Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl.

Murphy

February 8th, 2011
10:52 am

Gbal,

Drew and Clowney on the ends with Jenkins in the middle-WOW-That would be nasty.Turene backing them up.

RabidDawgFan

February 8th, 2011
10:53 am

Wishful thinking but Clowney is a 4-3 DE and prefers the 4-3. He said he doesn’t want to play in the 3-4. A 3-4 DE needs to be much bigger than a 4-3 DE. A 3-4 DE is almost 300 lbs whereas a 4-3 DE is about 250-270. You need to be able to stop the run better as a 3-4 DE and apparently Clowney isn’t ready for that.

rduck

February 8th, 2011
10:55 am

Clowney is SC bound. Ealey is pine bench bownd. And the center for Boise is face in turf bound.

Joshua Barlowe

February 8th, 2011
10:55 am

How in the world does Schlabach have Georgia at #18?

That’s a joke, right?

RabidDawgFan

February 8th, 2011
10:56 am

All I know, is our LBs are stacked and we are loaded on defense. Our defense should be a top 3 defense in the SEC this season on par with Alabama and LSU. I prefer the 3-4 much more than the 4-3 because IMO it’s much more aggressive and the blitzing schemes are much more complex and harder for an offense to understand. They know that the 3 guys with their hand in the dirt will be rushing, but where’s the 4th or 5th rusher coming from? Not only does it confuse the QB, but the OL as well.

rduck

February 8th, 2011
10:58 am

soga dog: UGA has been right there with Kentucky Vandy and Ole Miss the last few years so a blowout win is not guaranteed…

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Murphy

February 8th, 2011
11:01 am

Just curious: Wonder if we will see some new UGA uniforms for the Boise Game? Just like Boise and Va Tech from 2010. Be cool if we had all silver with red helments.The UGA b-ball teams looked good the other night

RabidDawgFan

February 8th, 2011
11:02 am

I admit that Boise State is a well coached ball club but they’re losing their top two receivers (Young and Pettis). It would be passable to lose your top receiver like we lost Green but they lost their top two so there goes most of their firepower and firepower just doesn’t happen. I fully expect it to be like that game vs. Hawaii. All you heard about Hawaii was their high-potent offense and their ability to run high-tempo, etc. We all seen what happened to Colt Brennan and crew. We made Brennan quit. Literally.

bitter larry munson (9") size does matter

February 8th, 2011
11:03 am

too big to let FAIL,–(AIG)–, NOT in ealey’S case—-what a looser!!!

haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

PS: THE days of thr pre-mo-donnas “R” over!!! ship or get the F—
————————out of town——————————-

RabidDawgFan

February 8th, 2011
11:18 am

#18 to me is garbage. If your not top 15 or above then to me your team isn’t where it should be or needs to be. We should not be a #18 team. That’s not Georgia football but neither is losing to UCF or Colorado. It won’t happen again. We haven’t lost to Tech since 08 and that was the only time we lost to them in Richt’s tenure so that’s a plus. We should be a top 10 team before season’s end.

kyle

February 8th, 2011
11:19 am

I can’t see Boise State running the ball successfully on us, Georgia is too stacked, too big, and too fast in their front seven. Kellen Moore is extremely accurate so that is what worries me, but so was Colt Brennan.

If Georgia can disrupt their offensive line early and get plenty of hits on Moore, look for Georgia to rout them

Johnny Too Good

February 8th, 2011
11:32 am

#3…. wow they put these kids on hold? Those players should take the hint and sign elsewhere

http://www.youtube.com/thatsjohnanderson

Day Bow Bow

February 8th, 2011
11:36 am

A majority of fans want ealey and king gone but even with their inconsistencies uga still needs them. Both Malcolme and crowell are unproven on the sec level and with crowells history of injuries it will be nice to have a couple rbs who are accustomed to playing in conference.

Ga. Fan

February 8th, 2011
11:39 am

Chip,was wondering if you could do a Ga. top 50 for next year?

Day Bow Bow

February 8th, 2011
11:40 am

And if clowney didn’t like the 3-4 why would he even be considering bama?

RabidDawgFan

February 8th, 2011
11:41 am

I DO NOT want Ealey or King gone. We need them for depth and Ealey could have been our starter if not for this mess. Ealey is a good back IMO. He had 811 yards and 11 TDs last season on SHARED carries. He’s easily a 1,000+ yd rusher if he carries the load. Crowell needs to compete to earn the starting spot, not just have it handed to him. Whatever happens, happens. Me posting won’t change a thing.

just the truth

February 8th, 2011
11:57 am

Now here’s a quote ” maybe I’m biased”. Duh !!!!!

Johnny Too Good

February 8th, 2011
11:59 am

#9 I doubt Boise St. will start a guy that small, they’ve gotta have somebody bigger than that

http://www.youtube.com/thatsjohnanderson

jimmyjohn

February 8th, 2011
12:13 pm

haha, I love how you GA fans put together “dream team” starting lineups with all these kids that have never played a down in college and say how dominant they will be. How many 4 and 5 stars did you have playing last year? How did that work out for you? Yeah, good idea guys, get rid of your other 4 and 5 star backs that were supposed to be the next Herschel and replace them with some other 4 and 5 star backs who are supposed to be the next Herschel. Can’t wait to see UGA fall on their face again this year.

jimmyjohn

February 8th, 2011
12:15 pm

This is why you are the worst fans in football GA fans. How do you think it makes the 5 year seniors who have busted their a$$ for this school to have all the fans just toss them aside and pin all their hopes on some 18 year old high school kid who has never played a down in college. The dream team scam may have worked in recruiting, but it is going to tear this team apart. Can’t wait to watch it happen.

Amsterdam Sam

February 8th, 2011
12:43 pm

Hey, jimmyjohn – vitriol poisons the vessel holding it. Spew elsewhere.

7576DAWG

February 8th, 2011
12:45 pm

jimmyjohn
The reason we are excited are because we now have a QB in place with a very capable back up and the fans know that the future looks good. UGA lost 7 games this past year but could have won everyone of those games had we been in better condition , which is being addressed. The seniors will play a big roll this year but none have stepped forward as leaders as have proven by the number of arrest that we had last year. Teams the have senior leaders are policed from within because when one of the players gets into trouble it is a reflection of the whole team and especially the senior’s .
If I had the guess I would say most UGA fans would be satisfied winning 9 or more game in 2011 but I expect a run at a championship in 2012.
Grantham will have the defense looking a lot more polished and knowledgeable of the different schemes of the 3-4 and a return to the junkyard toughness. A lot to look forward to because of the results that we had in 2010.

The Sham

February 8th, 2011
12:54 pm

Re: Clowney picking UGA

Word on the street around Butts-Mehre on signing day was that Rodney Garner said this class had some unspoke secrets to come. Meaning that a recruit that no one had been talking about as it realates to UGA was going to commit. I never heard of one commitment that was not already debated or linked to us in some way of speculation… Could this be the one that he was referring to? According to the gurus he supposedly he wrote us off right away, and Chip has been remarkably quick to squash any possible interest in UGA by Clowney. I’m not saying he will commit to UGA, I’m just saying to stay tuned…

The Sham

February 8th, 2011
1:04 pm

One other interesting point. UGA signing totals fro 20111: 26 – 2 (coutn for 2010)= 24, which = room for one more!

Wasn’t it Frank Sinatra who sang it best: “Bring in the Clowneys…”

The Sham

February 8th, 2011
1:05 pm

for 2011… sorry.