Everybody will have to wait a little longer for the nation’s No. 1 football prospect to make his college decision.
Robert Nkemdiche told the AJC that he has officially pushed back his tentative announcement on May 18 to a later date.
“I’m just not ready yet,” Nkemdiche said. “This is one of the biggest decisions of my life. I want to go see some new places, and go back to some other places to spend more time with the coaches and to check out the campuses. It’s a big decision, and I want to get it right.”
Nkemdiche’s coach, Grayson High School’s Mickey Conn, endorsed his star player’s delay. “Robert wants to take more visits and get to know the coaches … you know, get a good feel for it before he makes his decision.”
So when will Nkemdiche decide? He’s not going to set another tentative date just yet. But it looks like it will be on or around signing day in February 2013.
“I’m probably going to try to take all my official visits, and then pick the best school,” Nkemdiche said. “I probably won’t take any visits during the season because I want to stay focused on my main goal — and that’s helping our team win another state championship. I’ll probably wait until after the season and then go visit schools and stuff.”
Said Conn, “I think Robert will probably take all of his visits and it will probably play out until signing day. It could always change, but that’s a likely scenario.”
Which college leads for Nkemdiche? He does not proclaim any favorites but Alabama and Ole Miss (where his brother plays) are considered the co-leaders. Clemson, UGA and LSU are also in the mix, and Nkemdiche has mentioned interest in visiting other schools such as Southern Cal, Texas, Oregon, Mississippi State and Florida.
The 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive end is ranked as the country’s No. 1 prospect by all four main of the recruiting services – ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports.
Grayson, the defending Class AAAAA state champions, kicks off spring practice this week. Grayson has 6-9 seniors that could sign D1 scholarships and many of them were just hoping that Nkemdiche would wait until at least before the end of spring practice (May 18) to make his college decision, so scouts would stop by. Now Nkemdiche’s teammates will get exposure this spring and during the upcoming season.
What does this mean for UGA? The delay couldn’t be anything but good news for UGA, which is currently considered a longshot for Nkemdiche. This will give the Bulldogs time to make another run at the 5-star prospect. UGA was in about the same position (or worse) with Jordan Jenkins this time last year and ended up pulling off a shocking recruiting upset over Alabama. UGA assistant Bryan McClendon is in charge of recruiting Grayson but I would guess that you’ll see the Bulldogs throw a little more of their ace recruiter (defensive coordinator Todd Grantham) at Nkemdiche – just like they successfully did with Jenkins. What’s your prediction? How do you feel about UGA’s chances? Please post below.
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