Robert Nkemdiche, the nation’s No. 1 overall football prospect, ranked his visit to LSU as a “10” and set the date for his highly-anticipated commitment.
The 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive end from Grayson High School told the AJC that he plans to reveal his college decision on May 18 — after Grayson’s scrimmage to end spring football practice at the Gwinnnett County powerhouse.
“I’m ready to commit because I know where I want to go,” Nkemdiche said. “I feel like I’ve seen all the places I needed to see, and talked to all the coaches everywhere.
“I don’t feel any need to wait any later than the spring. I’m ready to get it over with, and then I can focus on other things … my senior year of high school, my schoolwork, and helping Grayson try to win the state championship again.”
Nkemdiche (pronounced Kim-DEE-Chee) said his top five schools “in no particular order” are LSU, Alabama, UGA, Ole Miss and Clemson. He also likes Texas, Oregon, Florida, South Carolina and USC.
What’s next? Nkemdiche confirmed that he is “probably not” going to visit Vanderbilt next week because of travel constraints. He is also unlikely to go to Mississippi State on March 31.
However, Nkemdiche is considering returning to Alabama and UGA to watch a day of spring practice.
How did it go at LSU? Nkemdiche made his first-ever visit to the SEC powerhouse over the weekend and gave it high marks. When asked to rank LSU on a scale of 1-10, Nkemdiche said “I’d give them a 10.”
“LSU felt like it was home. They’ve got a great tradition of defensive linemen. I feel like I could do some good things there. I could see myself playing there.”
Nkemdiche got a lot of one-on-one time with LSU coach Les Miles. “He’s a good dude. He really seemed to know what he is doing as a coach. Coach Miles told me that he would take care of me and get me to the next level.”
On Saturday night, Nkemdiche got to hang out with Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu aka “the Honey Badger.” Said Nkemdiche, “He’s short and small, but he’s fast and he’s really, really good. He’s a really cool person and was telling me that LSU is a great place to go to school.”
“It was a good trip. I liked LSU a lot, and I got to see some new things and some different things.”
Nkemdiche was accompanied on the trip by four of his Grayson teammates:
Grayson, with around 6-7 D1 prospects on the team, has spring football practice from May 7-18. Nkemdiche said he plans to commit after the team’s spring game on May 18. Grayson is the defending state champion in the state’s largest classification, and the team is being mentioned as a candidate to be ranked No. 1 in the nation for next season by several high school polls.
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