Grayson DB Denzel Nkemdiche commits to Ole Miss, says UGA visit is ‘unlikely’

Grayson DB Denzel Nkemdiche (Special)

Grayson DB Denzel Nkemdiche (Special)

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.

"Big Rob" says he won't commit until after his senior year in 2013, but we know where one of his five officials will be (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

"Big Rob" says he won't commit until after his senior year in 2013, but we know where one of his five officials will be (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

“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.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog


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D A DoubleU G

May 21st, 2011
1:24 am

Best of luck Denzel!!

Wish you had given UGA a more serious look, but I am sure you (and likely your brother) will make the Ole Miss faithful proud.

Mad Dawg

May 21st, 2011
1:30 am

McClendon gets his salary doubled and can’t spare one day of vacation to host the kid for an official visit? What’s the deal with waiting so long? Why not this weekend? Why not THIS WEEK? If I was Denzel, with poor customer service like that, I would go to Ole Miss too. Can’t blame him but it hurts. Asleep at the wheel again. Georgia should have waved goodbye to McClendon when another school “allegedly” tried to hire him away. He can’t coach (ask that guy at the Macon Bulldog Meeting), doesn’t monitor his group (see W. Ealey) and had to give away a free schollie (Cootie Harrow) to secure Crowell. Why wait sooo long to bring the kid in for a look?????


May 21st, 2011
1:47 am

well…that sucks. i liked his film. maybe we still have a shot with “little” bro.

Dekalb coach

May 21st, 2011
1:56 am

lmbo about mcclendon and soooo true. lazy, in over his head and can’t coach, can’t recruit atlanta. only thing mcclendon good for is showing players how to get tatted up


May 21st, 2011
2:17 am

Houston Nutt… nuff said. The whole me-4-me thing went out the window after that name was uttered. Denzel… EVERY coach you talk to from now till signing day is foaming at the mouth over your brother (whether they say his name in your presence or not)… throw in the fact you’ve already commented on playing together in college and the me-4-me looks like a snap decision with one of the slickest coaches in the SEC if not all of the NCAA. Don’t fool yourself on thinking otherwise!


May 21st, 2011
2:17 am

Looks bad for us I know, but McClendon has more important things to do. He has been sent to Columbus to babysit and make sure IC walks the straight line between now and summer session. Our whole season depends on it. Good luck, Denzel. Congrats!


May 21st, 2011
3:36 am

I wouldn’t over react just yet dawg fans. This isn’t over yet. But if he does end up at Ole Miss in the end, we missed out on one hell of a player, and I’m talking about Denzel. The boy could play, physical as all get out. But like I said, it doesn’t look good right now, but it is not over.


May 21st, 2011
4:44 am

Insider: Regardless of how great Crowell is (just listen to him if you want to know) why does he require baby sitting until he gets on campus?
Has he been in trouble with the law or is it other issues?

Colonel Rebel Yell

May 21st, 2011
4:56 am

I am proud Nutt overlooked the character issues in this family to take these two. We will have to run some chump off the team to make room, but consider that done!

Welcome, Dennie!


May 21st, 2011
5:16 am

Is Nutt one of the coaches that is known for over-signing?


May 21st, 2011
6:06 am

You guys have been getting your butts handed to you on the recruiting trail so far. And all from in-state guys too…. Awesome!

what ever

May 21st, 2011
6:45 am

Come on guys, Georgia didn’t want him anyway. This was all about little brother. Ask how hard he was being recuited before he said that they wanted to play together.


May 21st, 2011
6:55 am

Houston Nutt was on Denzel first and sold him hard on Ole Miss. UGA just didn’t get the chance to get him officially on campus to do the same. That’s recruiting.

We missed out on a good one in Denzel and perhaps more so in Robert. Hopefully other D backs are on Georgia’s radar that we have a chance to sign a good DE in 2013 if we miss Robert.

Best wishes, Denzel, and hope Ole Miss is all that you hope if will be for your athletic endeavors. Study hard. .. For the tandum brother’s signing, Nutt might have a hard sale to gey Robert if ‘the Bears’ have a poor season. He’s just too good not to want to play for a MNC team, and I’ve read UA is on him hard. If momma changes her mind about her sons playing together, maybe UGA can get in on Robert’ recruiting. Time will tell. Go Dawgs@

Brown Dog

May 21st, 2011
7:22 am

This one is a little weird.

The big brother takes one trip and commits. His younger brother, who will have the world to choose from, still has two years to play — in high school. The bond between them will have to be awfully strong for both (or either) of them to stay in Oxford, particularly given that it’s a pretty good bet the insufferable, self-promoting hypocrite recruiting them won’t be coaching there after this season.


May 21st, 2011
7:37 am

Asleep at the wheel… Again.


May 21st, 2011
7:41 am

UGA is in trouble!!! Can’t take the time to meet w/ the recruits: D Nkemdiche, D Lee, and J Dunkerman; realize this folks, with the staff we have now, we will have a tough time winning the SEC much less smell a NC!!!! I’ve given up!!!

Bring Back Wally Butts

May 21st, 2011
7:44 am

Suppose Nutt will even still be there in 2013? Miss State is coming on and I don’t know how he can keep his job if he doesn’t own the state of Miss. He certainly couldn’t do it last year with a Oregon castoff QB (no Cam Newton here). I could envision a scenario where big brother is looking to transfer in a couple of years cause coach “I just want you” is gone.

Bring Back Wally Butts

May 21st, 2011
7:46 am

You doom and gloomers need to take a deep breath. Even though I thought his film looked good, this is just one untested kid making a snap decision based on a first visit. Lots of good candidates out there. Keep your shirt on.


May 21st, 2011
7:50 am


Tide Pride

May 21st, 2011
8:07 am

UGA’s stock is down.

That’s what will happen when you are fortunate to go a “LUCKY” 8-5 – then follow up 6-7,
All Houston Nutt had to do is show game film of UGA’s last football game …… against UCF!

IF I am a recruit and watch the UCF game – I would strike UGA off my list immediately.

I am not sure if there are any more recruits in the State of Georgia that Alabama is interested in – I think we got the good ones needed to compete at a HIGH NATIONAL ELITE level. We will leave the rest for UGA and others to fight over as they aim for a winning season.

South GA Dawg

May 21st, 2011
8:13 am

Who Cares!!!??? The Dawgs are gonna be just fine. You’ll never hear from this kid again at Ol Miss! lol


May 21st, 2011
8:13 am

UGA and South Carolina seems to have switched postions – we used to hang in there only to find ways to lose games in teh 4th q. Now UGA hangs in there while playing from behind – and then runs out of gas in the 4th Q.

It will be fun to read the blogs when UGA starts off 0-2 this coming season.

Richt will be done after additioal losses to Mississippi State, Tennessee and Florida.

Expect the wheels to come off next season and a coaching change for UGA.

Exley Dawg

May 21st, 2011
8:15 am

Most of you posting are real pathetic. Everytime I read an article about some kid committing somewhere other then UGA, you losers go down to your Moms basement and post about how crappy our coaches are. This kid will do nothing but eat up a scholarship. Ole Miss sucks, they never cause us issues on the recruiting trail so what does that say about this situation. As far as little brother, if he is his own man he will take his visits and make his own decision. If he goes to Ole Miss just because his brother is there then the dude is a follower, not a leader. The dawgs will return in 2011. Im confident.


May 21st, 2011
8:16 am

Yeah. Like Bama recruits should have written off Saban for losing to Directional State, right?

bitter uga fan

May 21st, 2011
8:24 am

?????????????————-ole miss————-dumb————whatever———no way under brother

————–goes there after he watch’s uga defence next 2 season’s——-the country over god!!!!!

————————————-sorry older brother take your 3 win season at ole miss and your

—————————gulf coast shrimp—aka—90 billion gallons of oil mixed with gulf seafood

—————————————and be happy——————-hahahahahahahahahahah

bitter uga fan

May 21st, 2011
8:25 am

ole miss the new “pay for play–”U”———–check out the gear he brought back from cricket country


May 21st, 2011
8:25 am

Wish him the best, Ole Miss has a beautiful campus (as does UGA) I like the video on him and think he will be a very good football player, I thought he would look good in red & black. I think he understands the importance of academics now also and hope he continues to be serious about his studies.
Now I want his brother to decide on UGA and be a Dawg!

Exley Dawg

May 21st, 2011
8:26 am

Looks like the Tech nerds are up early on this blog this morning. Listen Louis and Gilbert, I think I hear your mother calling you from the kitchen to eat your bowl of Lucky Charms. Dang Nerds. 2011 will be the year of the DAWG.

Tide Pride

May 21st, 2011
8:36 am

Rating the top 15 programs in the football crazed SE States (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, SC, TN)
1. Alabama -stock up – positioned to win SEC/National Title)
2. LSU – stock up – postioned to win SEC title / National Title)
3. FSU – stock is up – positioned to win ACC title / National Title)
4. Auburn – stock down – serious rebuild after winning NT – great staff)
5. Arkansas – stock up – will run at Alabama and LSU
6. Mississippi State – stock up – if in the SEC East – would be playing in SEC Title game)
7. Florida – stock rising – new staff – loads of talent- best program in SEC East
8. South Carolina – stock level – will be the same as last year – a solid – dangerous team
9. UCF – stock level – beat underachieving UGA – ranked nationally – about as good as it is going to get.
10. CLEMSON – stock rising – Dabo getting ready to put Clemson in Top 25 for years to come.
11. Tennessee – stock rising – program bottomed out – rebuilding – will be solid after 2011.
12. Miami – stock rising – great new HC – tons of local talent –
13. Georgia – stock down – underachieving program – lost it’s luster (6-7?)
14. Georgia Tech – stock level – Great HC – tough academic school – rebuild in 2011.
15. USF – stock level – about as good as it is going to get.

Ronnie & the Runts

May 21st, 2011
8:46 am

Will this kid even be in school when his brother graduates High School? Will Coach Nutt still be with the program? Inquiring minds want to know!

Sandy Springs VOL

May 21st, 2011
8:47 am

Hey Tide Pride – like your top 15!


May 21st, 2011
8:53 am

UGA in 2011:

Boise State, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Florida, Tennessee

Auburn, GT

Coastal Carolina, Ole Miss, Vandy, New Mexico State, Kentucky


@Tide Pride

May 21st, 2011
8:59 am

When did trailer parks get internet service? That’s news to everyone, but thanks for the confirmation. In a state that prides itself on football over education, it’s no surprise Alabama is the brunt of many jokes. Got kill a tree or beat your wife redneck. Have a good day

@Tide Pride

May 21st, 2011
9:02 am

BTW, I’m not even a UGA fan, but your post are at best asinine

Sir Barks A Lot

May 21st, 2011
9:14 am

Tide Pride – after going 6=7 – not going to argue yourt Deep South Top 15.

Hope all are getting in your laughs at Georgia’s expense now – because UGA is going to be a very good team in 2011 – thanks to a much improved revamped athletic defense and a solid offense.

COCKY – disagree with your win loss predictions for UGA – but hey, if I am South Carolina and won 9 games – I would feel on top of the world too!

Here is a revised win loss outlook for UGA in 2011:
Wins: Boise State, South Carolina, Coastal Carolina, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Vandy, New Mexico State, Kentucky, Auburn, GT
50/50: Missiissippi State, Florida

SEC East is down as compared to past years.
UGA’s schedule is favorable in that we are not playing Alabama, LSU
Tennessee is still rebuilding – will be improved
Auburn – lost the world – but has talent and a great staff – rebuilding for 2012
Kentucky – will bottom out this year after losing major talent
Vandy – starting over
GT – will be OK only – again – rebuilding
Florida – has the talent – but need to learn new systems – have the mental edge against the good guys!
Mississippi State – will be a tough game.
South Carolina – lost some on defense – and OL – has great skill players – think UGA’s defense will be the difference in a hard fought game.
Ole Miss – not much to say – should be better than last year.


May 21st, 2011
9:19 am

Poser Trolls alert!!!


May 21st, 2011
9:22 am

UGA can’t offer until his test results come in. It won’t be until late in the week, which is why they wanted him to come after the holiday. If the kid wants to go ahead and go to OM without waiting on UGA to see his score so be it. You can’t blame the coaches for that

Sioux Dawg

May 21st, 2011
9:25 am

@ No Homer

I bet the villiage miss you

tide roll

May 21st, 2011
9:25 am

The kid will be coming off the edge running Wonder Boy down from behind, with DaBell trailing the play, THIS YEAR. Unbelievable. Richt gives up another in-state stud to another team he needs to beat to keep his job!! As usual, you UGA fans have already chalked up OLE MISS as a win (they shouldn’t even show up, right?), but I wouldn’t be so sure Kool-Aid drinkers. They already have TWO QBs better than wonder boy, and Denzel is going to provide immediate help.


May 21st, 2011
9:31 am

The little Brother will end up in Tuscaloosa. There really isn’t much else to say.

Hey, Cocky

May 21st, 2011
9:33 am

What does it tell you that Spurrier’s best season at SC still falls short of Richt’s average of 9.6 wins per year over a 10 year period? It tells me that on his best day, SOS falls short of CMR’s record, even with a once in a career 6-7 record.


May 21st, 2011
9:51 am

I too was enamored with this kid’s film, but the fact is neither Rivals nor Scout has this kid ranked, so he’s a project at best. In two years little brother will have grown up some and hopefully be his own man.

Captain's Mama

May 21st, 2011
9:55 am

Recruiting 101:

Tell EVERY recruit that (insert we or school name here) see you coming in and contributing right away.

Destin Dawg

May 21st, 2011
9:58 am

Richt doesn’t need to recruit this year…… He needs to WIN.. THIS year !!!!! we don’t have alot of scholarships for next year anyway… if we win these kids ( the ones we need ).. will come.. even if they need to flip on a verbal… Coach “em up… Grantham’s defense will be the difference… win this year… Go Dawgs !!!


May 21st, 2011
10:03 am

I agree Destin Dawg we just need forget about 2012 and focus on 2011 and just win it will probably be long time before we see a commit anyway its time just move on not worry about recruiting this year .

Special K

May 21st, 2011
10:05 am

Little brother is going to look good in Crimson. RTR!


May 21st, 2011
10:10 am

Special K i might have to agree UGA is just going to have to win getting recruits is scarce right now i just don’t whats going to happen a lot of uncertainty .


May 21st, 2011
10:13 am

Well, let him go his merry way ….

Don’t let the door hit him on his way out…

He wouldn’t be more than a reserve,anyway…


May 21st, 2011
10:14 am

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THE Dixie Redcoat Band

May 21st, 2011
10:20 am

We heard UGA was backing off this kid anyway. Oh, and let’s wish these kids the very best luck in the world…so they can come back beat UGA!? Gessh…