Robert Nkemdiche, ranked as the nation’s No.1 overall prospect for 2013, toured UGA’s campus for a few hours over the weekend.
Nkemdiche liked his visit to UGA. He didn’t like it enough yet to include the Bulldogs in his top five of Alabama, Oregon, LSU, Florida and Florida State. But it appeared that UGA gained some ground.
“It went good,” Nkemdiche told the AJC. “They showed me around campus, and I got to talk with Coach Grantham, Coach Richt and the running backs coach. They basically showed me that they have a good academic program to better me after college in case I don’t make it to the league, and they talked to me about coming in and playing as a freshman.”
The 6-foot-5, 270-pound DE from Grayson High School said the UGA coach Mark Richt made a favorable impression. “He’s a good guy, a Christian leader, and just an all-around good guy … Coach Richt and the other coaches, they said that if I get there, I can get in as a freshman and be done in three years.”
Does UGA have a chance of cracking Nkemdiche’s top five? “They made a good boost on that. I’m not sure yet about the top five, but they’re in the mix. I will keep talking to them.”
Nkemdiche’s only other recent trip was to Alabama’s Junior Day. There are never-ending rumors that Nkemidiche is a “secret commitment” to Alabama but he repeatedly denies it. Nkemdiche, who often wears Alabama gear to school, said he plans to take five official visits and commit after his senior season.
Ole Miss is a darkhorse candidate for Nkemdiche because his older brother, Denzel Nkemdiche, is a freshman DB after both qualifying and signing late with the Rebels last summer. The brothers have maintained that it’s their parents’ wish for them to play on the same team in college.
“Yes, I forgot to say that – I’m going to visit Ole Miss soon,” Nkemdiche said. “I would like to play again with my brother in college. Ole Miss is up there because of that, but I also want to go to the place that fits me the best and not just because my brother is there. My mom, she would like to see us at the same college, looking after each other. But she also told me whatever college fits me the best to go there.”
UGA may have blown a golden opportunity to gain inside position on Nkemdiche with the way they handled his brother’s situation. Denzel made it known that he wished to sign with UGA but he was aggressively pursued and signed with Ole Miss before UGA got seriously involved.
“Yes, that would’ve made a difference for me with Georgia,” Robert Nkedmiche said. “I never really understood it. Georgia just waited too long and [Denzel] went ahead and signed with Ole Miss. But I like Georgia. It’s fine that my brother is not there. I still like Georgia.”
While Nkemdiche was at UGA, they offered one of his classmates, Grayson junior Wayne Gallman. “They offered me to play both sides of the ball at RB and either safety or OLB,” Gallman said.
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