There’s some good news between UGA and Robert Nkemdiche, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 overall college football prospect for 2013.
The Bulldogs have cracked the Top 5 for Nkemdiche (pronounced Kim-dee-chee), the 6-foot-5 and 270-pound defensive end from Grayson High School.
“In no particular order, my Top 5 is Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Ole Miss, Clemson … and, um, I like South Carolina, and I’m going to visit Florida and Florida State,” Nkemdiche told the AJC on Sunday night.
Nkemdiche’s next two unofficial visits are scheduled for LSU on March 17 and Vanderbilt on March 24. The 5-star prospect has taken recent tours of Alabama, UGA, Ole Miss and Clemson.
What’s the deal with UGA? The Bulldogs did not make some of Nkemdiche’s more recent Top 5 lists but have been gaining ground since his UGA visit last month. What changed?
“That visit was really the first time I got any one-on-one time with Coach [Mark Richt],” Nkemdiche said. “I went up there, I had a great talk, and we’ve been talking a lot since then. I feel like I have a good relationship with Coach Richt. I think he’s a good man.”
What’s next with UGA? Nkemdiche said he may go watch a spring practice at both UGA and Alabama in April.
“I’ve got good vibes about Georgia,” he said. “I feel like Coach Richt really likes me as a person and a football player, and I really Georgia. It’s close to home and they played good on defense last season.”
Alabama is still considered the school to beat for Nkemdiche. “Alabama is, I mean … Alabama. I feel like they are a winning program. If I picked Alabama, there would be no ‘cons’ about me going there. There are nothing but ‘pros’ about Alabama.”
Clemson is the newest contender for Nkemdiche after he took an unofficial there this weekend. Nkemdiche actually went as the guest of his high school teammate, Grayson DB David Kamara, who is being scouted by Clemson.
“It was great; Coach [Dabo Swinney] is a nice dude,” Nkemdiche said. “All of the coaches are cool. I got to walk down the hill and touch the rock. It was all good. I have a good vibe about Clemson.”
Nkemdiche claims he does not have a favorite school but he did tell the AJC about another thing that may factor into his college decision: He wants to play on the same college football team as Kamara, his best friend since the sixth grade at McConnell Middle School.
“He’s a real good cornerback, and that’s my closest friend,” Nkemdiche said. “I love hanging out and playing football with David. He’s like my brother. I’m with him all the time. I would like to go to college with him. He’s a good person, and a hard worker on the football field. There are a lot of good things about him. He can help a team.”
Would they be a package deal? Nkemdiche stopped short of declaring that, but said, “Wherever we feel like we can go together and both have an offer from, that will work out for us.”
Nkemdiche has also been mentioned in the past as part of a “package deal” with his brother, Denzel Nkemdiche, who is a freshman DB at Ole Miss. However, Denzel has always been the one to emphasize that it’s the wish of his parents that the two brothers play together in college. Then again, Robert visited Ole Miss last week and gave it a thumbs up.
Who is David Kamara? He’s a speedy and physical cornerback on the defense that propelled Grayson to last season’s Class AAAAA state championship. Kamara is 5-foot-11, 185 pounds and has been clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.5 seconds. His film (see below) is being evaluated by Clemson, Ole Miss, Maryland, Vanderbilt, UGA and Alabama. He is no relation to Norcross RB Alvin Kamara.
“We’ve been best friends since Robert moved over here from DeKalb in the sixth grade,” Kamara said. “We just hit it off immediately. I guess we both have laid-back personalities and are always laughing. We both went out for football together for the first time in the seventh grade, and we’ve been playing together ever since.”
When asked about a possible “package deal,” Kamara responded, “We talk about playing together in college. That would be cool and all if it worked out. I mean, it would be a dream. I just know wherever I go to college, I’m going to do whatever it takes to get on the field.”
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