Grayson DB Denzel Nkemdiche returns from Ole Miss, hopes to visit UGA

Denzel could be a "package deal" with this guy -- brother Robert Nkemdiche (No. 1 jersey), a candidate to be the USA's No. 1 college football prospect for 2013 (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Denzel could be a "package deal" with this guy -- younger brother Robert Nkemdiche (No. 1 jersey), a candidate to be the USA's No. 1 college football prospect for 2013 (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Cornerback Denzel Nkemdiche returned from an official visit to Ole Miss on Thursday, may take another recruiting trip to UGA this weekend, and said there are at least three other schools he wouldn’t mind hearing from.

The 6-foot, 205-pound Nkemdiche is a hot commodity because he appears to be on the brink of meeting NCAA academic requirements and is the older brother of Robert Nkemdiche, who is a candidate to be the nation’s No. 1 college football prospect for 2013. The brothers wish to play in the same team in college.

When Denzel was asked if there were any other schools he’d like to hear from, he told the AJC, “Yes, sir. It would be great to talk with Florida, Auburn and Tennessee. They are great programs. I don’t know the [scholarship] situation at those schools.”

The elder Nkemdiche said he has verbal offers from three schools — Ole Miss, UGA and Miami — pending the results of his test scores, which will be reported within the next couple of days. Denzel said Thursday night he was trying to contact UGA assistant Bryan McClendon to line up a visit with the Bulldogs.

“I really like Georgia a lot,” Nkemdiche said. “It’s close to home, and has a great football program. I hope I can get it worked out to get over there and see everything.”

Nkemdiche gave high marks to Ole Miss: “I had a great visit. The school and the environment was much better than I ever thought it would be. I could definitely see myself going there. I’ve just got to sit down and talk with my brother and father this weekend, and figure some things out.”

Nkemdiche could sign as early as Monday, or could wait little later in the week, depending on when he gets back his test results.

More on the Nkemdiche brothers go here.

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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog


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May 20th, 2011
1:52 am

Wow what a physical corner.


May 20th, 2011
3:01 am

He’s trying to get in contact with THEM? are you serious? UGA should be all over this kid…. At least make themself available-


May 20th, 2011
3:01 am

Of course everybody wants Robert but, why wouldn’t they also want Denzel nearly as bad. This guy plays hard and hits hard , meaning he finishes the drill . When he hit you the opponent go’s down , they don’t bounce off. I am glad that McClendon has already offered Denzel but I would think he would fit right in at defensive back not running back, unless he is being considered for fullback so he can block.
Robert is a freak of nature. Two years to go and still growing.He could very well be the #1 prospect for 2013 in the country. But I think Denzel is a solid 4-star. There is no reason not to want Denzel. He will be a starter for at least 3 years any where he go’s.


May 20th, 2011
3:19 am

We will need both , Denzel and Robert for what will end up in the top 3 schedules as far as being hardest in the country in 2013 now that we added Clemson.

Gamecock s.e.c. East Champs 2010-2015

May 20th, 2011
6:15 am

Lol your schedule is never hard.


May 20th, 2011
6:19 am

He hits with some POP!!! He delivers a hit with bad intentions!

More importantly, remember that meeting the NCAA requirments is only the START of the process. In order to play college football with your brother you need to remain eligible. Take the education serious.


May 20th, 2011
8:02 am

Would love to see Denzel in Athens, and I agree Robert should make the best decision for himself. If that is UGA also that would be great. Best of luck to the Nkemdiches in the future.


May 20th, 2011
8:09 am

Plays Hard…plays to the whistle…tackles to the ground…this young man is a beast! WOW!

Who cares (the original)

May 20th, 2011
8:21 am

@7576DAWG schools were not after him because of his grades. Even now he is borderline academically eligible. The question is this. Will this kid be moved to LB??? This highlight reel was of him making plays on the line. The few plays made in the secondary seemed to be off of a zone not man to man.

If he is better suited to be an LB can his frame put on the weight?

Go Jackets!!!


May 20th, 2011
8:34 am

It might be tough for him to get playing time at LB. However, UGA could use some more safties. A hard hitting guy like Denzel will always have a good shot at that position.


May 20th, 2011
8:47 am

Would definitely need to spend a couple years in the weight room to play LB. Could step in right away at safety. Either way, he could probably be a good special teams headhunter right off the bat as well.


May 20th, 2011
8:50 am

come on man!

May 20th, 2011
9:06 am

Go get this guy Georgia! Saban is probably on his way! Let’s light a fire under those butts in Athens!

Destin Dawg

May 20th, 2011
9:20 am

Parade magazine says ” UGA #2 large state university education.. plus Big Time sports “… in beautiful college town Athens, Ga… kids that stay in State.. do better in school and life after FB…. Go Dawgs !!!


May 20th, 2011
9:21 am

I know its a highlight reel but Wow…he hits folks and they stay hit! Good luck to the young man hope he sees it the Georgia Way.

Bob Loblaw

May 20th, 2011
9:30 am


How about a pic of Denzel? Show the kid some love.

Go Dawgs!!!


May 20th, 2011
9:31 am

Would take this kid with or without his younger brother!


May 20th, 2011
9:35 am

If he likes hot blond coeds who like to hang out in the grove and say “Hotty toddy good gosh almighty” in a syrupy sweet southern drawl, UGA doesn’t have a chance. He will be at Ole Miss.

Bazooka Joe

May 20th, 2011
9:48 am

Gamecock, true about the shedule….we have YOU on it every year.

Bazooka Joe

May 20th, 2011
9:53 am

oops… schedule, cant type this morning….

tide roll

May 20th, 2011
10:20 am

Where’s Bama with this kid? What a player! Isn’t his high school coach, Mickey Conn, a former Bama player? So many players want to go to Alabama, a National Champion, that we may be out of Scholarships. That’s unfortunate, because head to head, Smart beats Richt for this Kid. Maybe UGA can beef him up and put him at offensive guard! At 210 lbs he’d be better than those dough boys ya’ll brought in this year.


May 20th, 2011
10:25 am

How did Smart do for the services of Malcom Mitchell, Jay Rome, Crowell, Swann? Alabama is out of scholarships for this year. He is going to UGA or Ole Miss.


May 20th, 2011
10:42 am

He’d probably be a little undersized at safety, but as a special teams player and run stopping DB he could be a real star. As someone else noted, it looked like his team plays a lot of zone, so I’d be curious about his real cover abilities. Is he being recruited as a DB, or would he play any RB in college?

Time for a CHANGE!

May 20th, 2011
10:48 am

This kid is a must have and brother combo to boot!!! WOW he can put the smackdown on some QB’s coming off the corner!! Let’s go CMR get these kids signed up now!!


May 20th, 2011
10:53 am

Alabama is never out of scholarships.

Sign 92, cut 62

Saban’s way.


May 20th, 2011
10:56 am

No brainer,this guys motor is red lined the whole play every play.UGA should make him a high priority.

All systems go!!!

May 20th, 2011
11:00 am

If you ask me, I would take Denzel without his brother Robert any day. Look at the video and key in on #90. That my friends is Robert. To h*** with his size, unless he works vigorously to develop his speed, strength, agility, and block shedding ability by his junior, save his senior year, he’ll be mediocre at best and will do nothing more than what Albert Haynesworth did last year for the Redskins, in my opinion. Jadaveon Clowney had the same frame, a bit lighter, but with blazing speed, shedding techniques, field vision, and agility. This kid will have to develop into what Clowney was his last two years in high school to even be considered #1 in the top recruiting polls in 2013. I’ve seen his highlight video on and believe me, it’s not all that special. Denzel on the other hand, plays with the size of Brandon Boykin, but with the heart of David Pollack. Mark my words, we get this kid this year, taking he stays consistent with academics, he WILL get the same hype of Georgia native, Eric Berry, who sadly played an amazing three years for the Vols with no major bowl appearances. GO DAWGS!!!!!!!! *barking*

tide roll

May 20th, 2011
11:32 am

Smart did ok with Hepzibah’s James Carpenter OT, and a 1st round draft pick! Westlake’s Chance Warmack OG, and a future 1st round draft pick, and now Cedar Grove’s Brandon Greene OT and Under Armour All-American!! All your offensive lineman are with us. We ought to send Richt one of our National Championship rings. Keep these Georgia boys coming! Nice evaluation!


May 20th, 2011
11:40 am

Close the deal.

Its All Good

May 20th, 2011
11:46 am

This kid appears to be the real deal. I would take him in a heart beat with or without his brother.


May 20th, 2011
11:50 am

Come to UGA, Denzel !! You would be excellent in our secondary1 You can compete for immediate playing time. Bryan, please get this kid on campus! He is a hitter!! Close the deal!

UGA UBA Hypocrite

May 20th, 2011
12:00 pm

So who is Richt going to cut to make room for this kid? Oh, nevermind it was Ealy and Harmon. I can’t believe that CMR cut those poor kids just to be able to sign the brother of the best player in America. Richts dirty deeds knows no bounds, for he is Satan.

GT Hulk

May 20th, 2011
12:12 pm

I hope Wofford or Ga. Southern offers then PJ will have a chance


May 20th, 2011
12:18 pm

UGA UBA HYPOCRITE, fool Richts can’t go to school for these guys and take their test for them unlike some of the other schools around here does.

While big brother is picking a school for himself one would think that he would be getting together with little brother an letting him in on the decision making sense it is a given that they are to wanting to play together. What happens of big brother decides to attent a school that little bro doesn’t like?

All systems go

May 20th, 2011
12:26 pm

UGA UBA hypocrite,

Did you watch Denzel’s higlight video. Not sure if you are a real UGA fan or not, but it doesn’t take a whole lot of brains to see that we’re offering this kid based on his skills and not just because of his brother alone. If you are a UGA fan, you sir are indeed a hypocrite. Not to mention, Washaun was cut because he wanted out, and he was selfish because he didn’t want to compete for the starting job and share carries. That said, A.J. Harmon is leaving for personal reasons…(

It’s obvious you know nothing about football or the University of Georgia so do us REAL UGA fans and yourself a favor and stay off of our recruiting blogs. (and because you are a hypocrite I’m sure you won’t.)

Oh, and maybe you should read this:


May 20th, 2011
12:59 pm

Coach Richt is on top of this and has been for two years!


May 20th, 2011
1:00 pm

Hotty Toddy; he would be am immediate difference maker in Oxford at Ole Miss.. And withy nthe new Q.B. situation thay seem to be poised to be in for one heck of a run.. Roll Rebs, Roll.. .


May 20th, 2011
1:09 pm

HAHA, UGA, UBA……UGA has one scholarship left for 2011.


May 20th, 2011
1:20 pm

This kid’s highlights are awesome. He knows how to tackle and deliver a blow at the point of contaact. He would be a great addition at CB and not just because who his brother is. This kid is talented and his aggressiveness is needed at UGA. He wil be a big time player. Get the kid on campus and close the deal. We’ll worry about his brother afterwards.


May 20th, 2011
1:35 pm

I like him as a SS. He could bulk up to a OLB but can he carry that much extra weight and keep his speed? Looks to have a lot of talent though. Bring him on!

Dawg Days

May 20th, 2011
1:42 pm

Man, he plays the way football should be played, fast, with good leverage, and a desire to put a lick on you, rather than a bunch of arm tackles Ive seen from UGA defenses the last fews years. He has the type of motor that we need to be recruting! And his younger brother is the #1 pick in the nation in 13…? Sweet! is he a character kid, or does anybody know?


May 20th, 2011
2:10 pm

Nkemdiche to decide between Ole Miss, Georgia on Monday or Tuesday.

Delbert D.

May 20th, 2011
2:13 pm

“is he a character kid, or does anybody know?”

Hard to tell with that gang-banger stare down.

UGA UBA Hypocrite

May 20th, 2011
2:18 pm

Transfer QB from Boise St, Richt needs room so he hands out a medical scholly. In order to sign Crowell, UGA signs his cousin Cootie. Adios Ealey. Want to make a package deal with the top player for 2013, sign his brother who has never been on UGA’s radar. See ya later Harmon. Coincidence, I think not idiots. Wake up, Richt has turned into the devil.


May 20th, 2011
2:19 pm

Tide Roll, I thought after a fellow bama fan in blackoutanyone questioned your disgusting obsession with UGA’s offensive line you might temper your posts, but I guess when addiction takes over you lose all control. You are one sad sad college football fan.

White Shirts, Yellow Britches

May 20th, 2011
2:30 pm

We’d love to have him at Ole Miss. Girls sure are purrrttyyy over there…

Virginia DAWG

May 20th, 2011
2:51 pm

Wasn’t Houston Nutt and Ole Miss one of the biggest offenders of oversigning? Do they have a scholly left to hand out that is legit? As far as UGA getting in touch with this kid, I am sure they are all over him. His comment that he is trying to get in touch with UGA is probably in response to returning calls, texts, emails, etc. that he has already received from the school. Hopefully, UGA can close this deal.


May 20th, 2011
2:55 pm

I would have thought SE Weaver State was “great” visiting college campuses at his age.

Bama recruiting

May 20th, 2011
3:09 pm

Tide Roll, how did Smart/Saban do with a more famous Westlake alum than Chance Warmack, one that took your rival to a NC? Who dropped the ball there? Way to evaluate, Bama. Gene Chizik says, “keep’em coming, Bama.” He might send Saban a NC ring in gratitude.

How did Smart and Saban do with Nick Fairly? Nice evaluation, Bama. Gene Chizik says, “keep’em coming, Bama.”


May 20th, 2011
3:12 pm

Denzel friended Brandon Burrows, an upcoming Georgia red shirt softmore DE/LB. I think that is a sign.