One of the biggest recruiting rumors floating around Georgia is that Robert Nkemdiche has “secretly committed” to Alabama. The 6-foot-5, 263-pound defensive end from Grayson High School is a candidate to be the nation’s No. 1 overall college football prospect for 2013.
You’re not an elite prospect if there aren’t several recruiting rumors following you around.
Here are several reasons why the “Nkemdiche-to-Bama” rumors started:
We stopped by Grayson High School and asked Robert the big question: Are you a “secret commitment” to Alabama?
“No sir, I didn’t secretly commit to Alabama,” Nkemdiche told the AJC. “I just like them. Alabama is a good school and my coach went there. I just like the school, and it has nothing to do with my coach.”
The next visit was with Grayson coach Mickey Conn, who played football at Alabama. Conn has helped nearly 75 of his players earn college scholarships over the years, including to BYU, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, many more, and, yes — one to Alabama (Lorenzo Washington).
There’s a conspiracy theory among some non-Alabama fans that Conn is pushing his prized prospect toward Alabama.
“That’s not true; Robert is ‘free game’ and I want him to go where he wants to go and pick the school that is the best fit for him,” Conn told the AJC.
Back to Big Rob: Nkemdiche said he won’t make his college decision until February after his senior year. He wishes to play on the same college team as his older brother, but will likely check out other options, too. Grayson DB Denzel Nkemiche committed to Ole Miss on Friday (go here to read full story)
BREAKING NEWS! Grayson DB Denzel Nkemdiche got good news on Monday with his test scores in his attempt to meet NCAA college entrance requirements. “He scored really well, and we’re waiting on GPA at the end of the week … but I would say it’s a ‘done deal,’” Grayson coach Mickey Conn told the AJC.
UGA has made a late run at Denzel, both offering an official visit and scholarship. But Denzel said he’s “sticking with Ole Miss.”
“It just felt right; Ole Miss did the right things, and recruited me the right way,” Denzel said. “I haven’t had any second thoughts about committing to Ole Miss. I kind of want to get away a little bit.”
Denzel said he will sign with Ole Miss as early as Tuesday. He hasn’t had any communications with UGA since last Friday night. Denzel said UGA assistant Bryan McClendon invited him for an official visit on Tuesday, May 31 — the same day he is supposed to report to Ole Miss for summer school. Denzel said he would’ve checked out UGA had they invited him to come up sooner. Note: The NCAA’s signing period for football has ended. Denzel can sign athletic scholarship papers with Ole Miss, but won’t officially be an Ole Miss recruit until he attends his first day of summer college classes, which could be as early as next week.
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