Robert Nkemdiche officially ranked as nation’s No. 1 junior football prospect

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It was no surprise on Tuesday when one recruiting service came out with its rankings for the nation’s top high school juniors, and Robert Nkemdiche was at the very top of the list.

The 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive end from Grayson High School was rated No. 1 in the country for the class of 2013 by 247sports. Nkemdiche has denied longtime rumors that he is a “secret commitment” to Alabama. His only unofficial visit this season was to last week’s game at Alabama. He is officially considering Florida and LSU, along with Alabama.

The bigger surprise was that another junior from Georgia was ranked No. 2 overall in the country – Troup County linebacker Reuben Foster, who is officially committed to Alabama but also still talking with UGA, Auburn and Florida.

“It was really a tough decision among the people that decided between Robert and Reuben,” said Rusty Mansell of “It’s a tribute to the state of Georgia when you have two players who could’ve been the choice as the No. 1 player in the country. We went with Robert because he’s so big and fast. You just don’t see people who can run like him in college, much less high school.”

Grayson DE Robert Nkemdiche has been considered the favorite to be the USA's No. 1 prospect for 2013 since his sophomore year (AJC)

Grayson DE Robert Nkemdiche has been considered the favorite to be the USA's No. 1 prospect for 2013 since his sophomore year (AJC)

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Foster is another top Georgia product but was somewhat of a surprise as No. 2 in the country. While Nkemdiche is the state’s best defensive end – regardless of class, Foster is among an elite linebacker group that also includes seniors Dillon Lee of Buford (committed to Alabama) and Stone Mountain’s Markuss Eligwe (Florida State).

“After watching his highlight tape and in person, Reuben is as fast of an attacking downhill linebacker as you’ll ever see,” Mansell said. “When he gets there, he’s violent. People don’t like using the word ‘violent’ in football. But he’s violent and causes harm when he gets there. His coach gave me a great quote, saying that ‘I don’t know anybody that doesn’t like Reuben. He smiles as much as any kid I’ve ever coached.’

“Both young men are great kids off the field, the total packages. When I talk about them to other people, I always say that you better go see them now when it costs $8 per ticket because in a few years it’s going to cost you a $70 ticket and $20 parking pass to watch them play on Sundays.”

To look at the rest of’s Top 247 for 2013, please click here.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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November 9th, 2011
8:06 pm

A, I was just kidding
B, typo


November 9th, 2011
8:44 pm

travis……”The 20 years , I say 20 years before Saban your combined win loss total is 53 and 61. That is from 1997 to 2007.”

Anyone else see a problem with this? lol

Brown Dog

November 9th, 2011
8:46 pm

Travis, can’t argue with history, but that’s what two major probations will do to you, similar to what Georgia went through in the post Jan Kemp era. The difference for Alabama is the era you cite is the longest period of mediocrity in school history. Hard to think there won’t be a dropoff when Saban leaves, but we always seem to come back.

By the way, tell me how a story about the top two recruits in the country, who appear to be headed to Alabama, qualifies as a Georgia blog. Maybe it’s you who should be looking elsewhere.


November 9th, 2011
9:57 pm

Come on, kids! Jesus plays in a pretty garden with hedges and cute little bulldog puppies. Doesn’t that sound like something you’d like to see! UGA is fun!


November 10th, 2011
9:25 am

State Ranking as well as the ranking in the National Ranking in parenthesis for the Class of 2013:

1. Robert Nkemdiche (1)
2. Reuben Foster (2)
3. Isaac Rochell (31)
4. Brice Ramsey (66)
5. Tray Matthews (79)
6. Tyren Jones (84)
7. Tyshon Dye (96)
8. Trey Johnson (109)
9. Joshua Outlaw (112)
10. Demarcus Robinson (116)


November 10th, 2011
10:10 am

all the corn dogs come out of the woodwork. ulm, everybody get lucky every now and then.

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November 10th, 2011
1:33 pm


We got a lot of recruits that we could really sway our way if you guys could come thru this season with a trip to ATL… EVEN MORE SO… if we could win the SEC Vs LSU. Talking about making some NOISE on the recruiting front…

Lets get our heads rights and close with 4 WINS and the UGA team has without a doubt turned the corner.

Real Problem

November 10th, 2011
4:07 pm

Once again the pot is boiling……
My Georgia fans want to slam Bama and the Bama fans fire right back….with more ammo.
Bottom line….best two football players in years to come out of the state of Georgia for 2013 are both probably headed to Tuscaloosa. I would like to know why?


November 10th, 2011
5:18 pm

OK Roll Tide 1st tide wont be crap if it wasnt for the players in this state 2nd why i go to school where they offer 10 people in the same positon scholarships 3rd why would i play for any man that is worship in your backwards state like a god. You see what happen when people are put on that level they fall hard and belive me Saban is headed on that same road no 1 man is above a school or brand.I hope UGA is on the schedule at Alabama next year because we gonna bust them in the mouth and you will feel it


November 10th, 2011
5:20 pm



November 10th, 2011
10:44 pm

i dont understand why georgia fans are so upset. These young men want to play at a school where they will have a chance to play for championships. It wont happen at UGA. And for JB, Georgia may score more than six points. but LSU will probably score 50.


November 10th, 2011
10:46 pm

I wish georgia was on our schedule. Then we could shut you all up.

Crimson Crush

November 11th, 2011
7:25 am

I saw it as soon as the dipchit wrote it Blackout ;-)

” 20 … I say 20 years (his repeat of the number 20 ) … from 1997 to 2007 ” then … just to make sure he looked like a total moron he puts in erroneous numbers that still only add up to 10 seasons worth of play LOL

No matter . I did notice in all the wailing , rationalizing and crying by Dawg fans several seemed to take comfort that they would at least get the RB Derrick Henry from Yulee, Fla . in 2013 .

Should I burst their bubble now and tell them that Henry is ALSO looking very seriously at Bama now as well ? …

Or should we wait till after the Jawjack fans watch their team get mauled in Atlanta by whoever comes out of the West ? ;-)

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November 11th, 2011
8:04 am

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November 12th, 2011
12:00 am

Crimson Crush…. I figured bringing up Henry would push some of these people over the edge.


November 12th, 2011
3:10 pm

Could Bama take the top 3 in Georgia for 2013?

Isaac Rochell:
“Alabama has everything you could want, but it’s hard for me to critique them like I’d like to because I haven’t necessarily seen all the programs I’d like to see. So it’s kind of difficult. But it’s hard to say anything negative about their program. They do have a “five-star program.”


November 12th, 2011
5:54 pm

It’s a long time to signing day 2013. Georgia definitely has a shot with both of them.

Mike from CLT

November 12th, 2011
8:22 pm

UGA will close on both these recruits AND snag the top lineman from Stephenson this year.


November 13th, 2011
9:37 am



November 13th, 2011
3:32 pm

They don’t need the best kicker in the 2013 class, Alabama already has the best in the 2012 class.

ghs class of 2012

November 13th, 2011
8:12 pm

Robert was at the UGA game yesterday but I’m not sure it means anything, he may have just been there to see an SEC game for free.


November 14th, 2011
4:00 am



November 14th, 2011
4:14 am

I think If the 2 top players in georgia would go to Georgia Southern it would benefit them tremendously.Although I hope they go to Bama,by the way ROLL TIDE FOREVER.


November 14th, 2011
12:53 pm

The kid is not 6′5 maybe 6′3. Looks abouts 260lbs. Happen to see him at the UGA-Auburn game. Wish him luck but he needs to beware when he out in public he needs to be on his best behavior because people are watching how he carry himself. Not good walking up behind girls hunching not good be smart.


November 16th, 2011
4:22 pm