Denzel Nkemdiche committed to Ole Miss on Friday night, and said he is unlikely to make an official visit to Georgia.
“I don’t really see the Georgia visit happening now … I really don’t,” Nkemdiche said. “I will talk to my father and my coach [Grayson's Mickey Conn] about it and see what they say. But I don’t think that will happen. I’m excited about Ole Miss.”
The speedy cornerback from Grayson High School said he called Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt to reveal his decision on Friday night, then talked with UGA assistant Bryan McClendon.
“Coach McClendon heard that I had committed to Ole Miss and he wanted to know if it was true; I told him ‘Yes sir, it’s true,’” Nkemdiche said. “[McClendon] told me that he still wanted me to make an official visit to Georgia on the day after the Memorial Day holiday [Tuesday, May 31].
“That’s not going to be possible because that’s when Ole Miss wants me to report there for summer school.” (The Ole Miss session begins on Wednesday, June 1)
Denzel said the first person to congratulate him on his commitment to Ole Miss was his younger brother, Robert Nkemdiche, who is a candidate to be the nation’s No. 1-ranked college football prospect for 2013. Both brothers have repeatedly said that they wish to play on the same college team.
“Robert’s words were ‘I can’t wait to take an official visit to Ole Miss, and have you as my recruiting host,’” Denzel said. “He’s really liking them a lot because he knows I wasn’t too sure about them before my official visit and then I absolutely loved it there. He wants to see what they are all about. He’s excited about coming to my games and everything.”
Denzel returned from an official visit to Ole Miss on Thursday, and committed the next day. “They wanted me for me, and never brought up my brother. They feel like I can come in and contribute immediately at cornerback; that’s why they want me to get over there as soon as possible for summer school.
“Ole Miss never put any pressure on me to commit. But when I left there on Thursday, I felt like I was leaving my school. It was just a feeling I had. That’s why I decided to go ahead and commit to Ole Miss. It’s my school.”
Nkemdiche is still waiting for his test results to meet NCAA college entrance requirements. His coach said he felt good about his player’s chances of qualifying. For Ole Miss, it will be a rush to get Nkemdiche enrolled by next week. If the papework is not complete, Nkemdiche said he would enroll at the SEC school later in June.
Due to NCAA rules, Nkemdiche cannot sign a letter of intent because the LOI period ended on April 1. He can sign an athletic grant with Ole Miss, but won’t officially be an Ole Miss recruit until he attends his first day of summer college classes.
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