2013 Grayson DL Robert Nkemdiche steals spotlight at Nike camp

No. 783 was No. 1 in the eyes of many at Athens Nike Camp (AJC Photo)

No. 783 was No. 1 in the eyes of many at Athens Nike Camp (AJC Photo)

Several of Georgia’s top college football prospects for next year were on display at Friday’s Nike camp in Athens.

However, it was a member of the Class of 2013 that grabbed the spotlight: Grayson High School’s Robert Nkemdiche, a 6-foot-5, 260-pounder who turned everybody’s heads as soon as he walked up to the registration table. He’s only a sophomore.

Nkemdiche dominated the drills, so much to the point that one other heralded defensive lineman — a junior — was overheard saying to a couple of others, “I’m just glad 783 (Nkemdiche’s camp number on his jersey) isn’t in the Class of 2012 with the D-Line rankings.”

The consensus of several recruiting analysts observing the camp, which included players from many surrounding states, was this: Nkemdiche will almost certainly be ranked at Georgia’s No. 1 overall prospect for 2013, and has a decent shot of being rated No. 1 overall in the USA.

Nkemdiche, who was named  has a stack of early scholarship offers, including Alabama, Auburn, Georgia Tech, UGA and South Carolina. He won the Nike camp’s award for MVP of the defensive lineman.

Here were the other MVP position winners from Georgia:
RB: Mike Davis, 2012, Stephenson (committed to Florida)
OL: Joe Harris, 2012, Lithonia
LB: Ukeme Eligwe, 2012, Stone Mountain
DB: D.J. White, 2012, Union Grove

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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gt4ever

April 16th, 2011
2:32 pm

Who CARES, he is a highschool sophmore……. Good Grief…

Dawgkiller 18 in 21

April 16th, 2011
2:42 pm

You Bama fans are creepy about recruiting.

Dawgkiller 18 in 21

April 16th, 2011
2:44 pm

Hey, I noticed Mike Davis won the MVP. Nice to have my Gators getting the top RB in Georgia two of the last three years. Mack Brown in 10′ and Davis in 12′. Got Matt Jones from UGA too. Sorry guys, 19 in 22 coming for you in Jax this year. Own it, love it, and never forget it. Woof woof..

WIN WITH RICHT

April 16th, 2011
2:52 pm

Dawgkiller

Looks like UGA gets the best player in Florida. John Theus. Also, thanks for Aaron murray and Orson Charles.

Dawgkiller 18 in 21

April 16th, 2011
3:06 pm

Thanks for Jafar Mann, Quinteze Williams, Mike Davis, and soon to be Jordan Jenkins, along with Kirby if we choose. Muschamp is killing it in the state of Georgia this year, as is Alabama. Scout headline
“Williams tells Richt no to the dream team” Worked for one year, now this years recruits are turned off by it. Just like Richt not to think ahead. What a terrible staff.

Grantparkgator

April 16th, 2011
3:07 pm

WWR…lol any big time SEC school/FSU could sign Theus if the handed out a scholly to the older brother to land John. Seems to be common with CMR these day but I’ll take UF’s future OL class of Dunker,DJ Humphries and Avery Young(UF leans and 5*) over Theus.

Damon Evans

April 16th, 2011
3:50 pm

Jordan Jenkins will be a Jacket in the end!

Dawgkiller 18 in 21

April 16th, 2011
4:15 pm

K Damon Evans, keep dreaming.. Guys like that don’t go to Tech. He gets the best of both worlds at UF. Tech only covers one end of the spectrum. God knows you guys aren’t a very good program.

Want to know the difference in a place like UF and GT. Look at our record against UGA, then look at yours. They beat us as much as you beat them… NEVER. Both UF and GT are UGA’s biggest rival.
Thanks for the laugh though, I needed that.

Dawgkiller 18 in 21

April 16th, 2011
4:18 pm

Theus older bro would have been at UF with an offer. We aren’t desperate for recruits to save our program, so we don’t give scholly’s to division 2 guys. Meanwhile, Richt promises playing time, recruits illegally, and sings Happy BirthDay to 17 year old kids over the phone (Keith Marshall). He begged the dream team last year and now its hurting him. Have fun being owned instate this year.

RRTDawgs

April 16th, 2011
4:23 pm

From the reports of the G day game it was decent game Brandon Smith got most the attention Tree had put some hard hits defense is much larger LeMay has a strong arm Mason will be the number 2 QB i think UGA will be much better of course the people trash UGA but from the looks of it this was much better game then some the past couple years .

Dawgkiller 18 in 21

April 16th, 2011
4:48 pm

I will say that UGA looked better overall than they have the last couple years. That D has a chance to be good. OL was not real good, but that happens during the spring, especially with injuries. Mason looked good, but Lemay way garbage. Kid needs atleast a couple years. He skinny in the legs and upper body. Lots of dropped passes, but it was really windy I think. UGA should be pretty good this year if they quit making studid mistakes and fumbling the ball. Something they did several times today.

RRTDawgs

April 16th, 2011
5:10 pm

C. Thomas was terrible today i think he will not be a starter but Caleb King looked decent and the walk on Harten may move up A. White was solid LeMay and Mason have really shown a lot .

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 16th, 2011
6:16 pm

Good lord, the recruiting has just gotten started for the 2012 class, and people on here are arguing about a sophmore in H.S. Man he is 2 years away from college. This kid will be wined and dined so much, for all anybody on here knows, he could end up at Stanford. No wonder these kids come to college thinking they are all “Mr. World”. 2011 has yet to be played and the 2012 class has yet to be signed. Some folks on here need to get a life.

RRTDawgs

April 16th, 2011
7:20 pm

Who says UGA can’t beat the Gators Diamond Dawgs beating Florida 7 -1 right now on ESPN U .

tenn.DAWG

April 16th, 2011
7:45 pm

Sure hope the this young man is a a proud Georgian and stays in state.

dawgster

April 16th, 2011
8:42 pm

@Dawgkiller…and you talk about Bama fans being “creepy”…go look in the mirror and worry about your gators instead of what the dawgs are doing…Why don’t you do your talking after next season…Its easy to talk now, and thats all it is”talk”….If it makes you feel like such a big man, then go ahead and tell us how great your gators are and how bad the dawgs are…oh…and don’t forget to mention the series record over the last 20 years….Funny though we still lead the series..How bout that..This was a G-day game…don’t you gators have a blog that you guys can go to and pump your chest and yell hey “look at me”…

dawgster

April 16th, 2011
9:07 pm

@RRTDawgs…have you seen any info on why we are not recruiting the best WR in the country out of Mo..Green-Beckham…although I think he stays in the midwest, it seems most of the SEC top schools are on his list..I’m sure we have made contact and may feel that we have other avenues to pursue…Anyway, I’m sure I’ll get the usual dawg bashers to comment on this…go dawgs

RRTDawgs

April 16th, 2011
9:59 pm

Hey dawgster have not heard to much about Green- Beckham but this might interest you i read on Rivals that the dawgs could be close to offering JaQuay Williams Sandy Creek WR .

Blackoutanyone?

April 16th, 2011
10:03 pm

Dawgster …. Beckham’s brother suffers from a medical condition and many feel he will ultimately stay close to home for that reason.

RRTDawgs

April 16th, 2011
10:15 pm

Great weekend Hawks beat the Magic Braves beat the Mets G day game was a success Diamond Dawgs beat the Gators awesome Go Dawgs .

Tdawg

April 16th, 2011
10:33 pm

I know that I am a homer as far as the dawgs go, but will someone please explain to me how in gods name are the bama folk so ignorant. Regardless of what these fools think. No way in hedes is every highschool kid in America a bama lean. Good grief why don’t you fools get over yourself. You bama fans really are loons. Geez.

James

April 17th, 2011
12:38 am

His head coach played at Bama. We can forget it.

A.Bishop

April 17th, 2011
1:11 am

Did I really just read some idiot named David say that if he wanted to play in the NFL that he would go to GT and not UGA? Are you dumb or just delusional?

Bama Fan#2

April 17th, 2011
4:23 am

The difference between Alabama and Georgia football is simple!!!
Georgia has Number 34 and 2 NC’S and Bama 13 NC’S and more ALL-Americans
and plus the Best Coach in the History of College Football Bear Bryant and Saban
has his statue now. The motto at Alabama is some people play football but WE LIVE IT!!!
There is just one fanbase that is as crazy as we are Kentucky Basketball Fans!!!

Bama Fan#2

April 17th, 2011
4:29 am

Forgot to say 92,310 fans showed up for the A-day game yesterday and ROLL TIDE to
the ladies gym team they replaced the dawgs gym team as NC’S this year!!

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 17th, 2011
7:22 am

I think diversity in the state has a lot to do with it BAMA #2. Georgia has twice the population of Alabama and there are really quite a lot of things to do in Georgia. I think Alabama is a very pretty state and enjoyed my time in the early 80’s when I was there for two years, but it seemed to me that Alabama and Auburn football were the main sources of entertainment, much more than UGA and Tech. are for Georgia. I am a die hard UGA fan, but I also realize that there is a lot to do in Georgia besides watch football. Alabama is to be commended for their pride in their teams, so this is not meant as a negative thing against your state. Really it is just a differecne in culture and diversity. You sure did have a heck of a good country band though with your state as their namesake. Still one of my all time favorites.

Bama Fan#2

April 17th, 2011
8:53 am

Rocket Man both states are great places to live and father just loved the campus of Georgia
when he was in Athens. The football blood sport between the crimson tide and barn has got
crazy and the better educated folks needs to take back the rivalry from the nut cases who
get their orders and ideas from Paul Finebaum show. AKA Al the oak tree killer and Tammy
crazed barn fan,

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 17th, 2011
10:20 am

Agree with you Bama fan#2, it is sad when you have a fan go nuts like that guy did on those trees and Tammy as well. Rivalries are great and they are what makes college football so great. Hate to see the lunatic fringe go nuts anyplace. I recently read an article addressing the same thing. He thinks the Alabama/Auburn rivalry has reached an unhealthy level. He might be right. Tech and UGA go at it pretty hot and heavy but so far, I don’t think there have been any major incidences. Not to say the state doesn’t have it’s fair share of nuts though, LOL.

Mike

April 17th, 2011
12:48 pm

UGA gets players to the NFL but we all know that is based on pure talent because we know no players develop under Saint Richt.

Dawg Killer is dumb

April 17th, 2011
12:51 pm

Cool and GT is 23-9 all time against Florida. Your program is irelevant before 1990. You’re obviously not very smart if you think our program sucks. Oh you Jenkins wants to be an engineer..want school is better for that? LOL

Grantparkgator

April 17th, 2011
3:26 pm

Stanford and Cal are ranked ahead of GT for Best Engineering programs so if Jordan wants the best of both worlds… GT isn’t the choice. He can get a better education on the West Coast and make some NFL money also. NO way a kid with his talent will EVER play for Paul Johnson and Al…GT couldn’t keep a instate kid from heading to ND. Please return to the little kids table!!

dd dawg

April 18th, 2011
7:56 am

Ga Tech fans keep talking about their smart school. They need to check last years incoming freshman class. Ga Tech gpa 3.72. University of Georgia 3.73. Ouch!

D-Nice

April 18th, 2011
10:12 am

I heard that he was leaning toward signing with Bill Curry because his band teacher and Curry go to the same ice- cream parlor on Sundays after church. Some supposed dream team coming in at GSU and the running back from Stephenson is thought to be reneging on his commit to Florida so he can be the other piece.

Icoachkids

April 18th, 2011
11:15 am

Happy to see a Grayson player getting his just dessert. RK is a great kid and will be a Clowney, Bowers, Peppers type player at college and if he stays healthy and focused in the pros also. He’ll probably be GA defensive player of the year as a Soph. Guess what? There’s even more D1 Talent at Grayson…

Dawg4life

April 20th, 2011
8:58 am

I saw this kid last night at Bay Creek Park in the Grayson area selling the fundraising cards for the football team. Let me tell everyone on this board that this kid is an absolute monster. My father-in-law talked to him, and that is when we learned he was only a SOPHOMORE. I don’t even have to see him play to know that he is going to be a force. Good luck to him in bettering himself no matter where he decides to play college ball.

Uncle Edward

April 20th, 2011
11:49 am

This kid is a Gamecock lock. Spurrier is the master at locking down No 1 recruits.

USC

April 21st, 2011
11:08 am

Gamecock Lock…..

USC - SEC East Champs

April 21st, 2011
11:08 am

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