Robert Nkemdiche: Did UGA hire coach to get No. 1 prospect?



Did UGA hire one of Robert Nkemdiche’s former high school coaches to get an advantage for the No. 1 college football prospect in the nation?

It’s a JFK conspiracy theory that has been debated here and here and other places all over the Internet.

Will Nkemdiche follow his former coach to UGA?

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For the record, UGA recently hired Daryl Jones as its Director of On-Campus Recruiting – which is the most critical behind-the-scenes job in the recruiting department.

Jones was an assistant (in charge of defensive backs) at Grayson High School for 2009 season, when a talented freshman named “Big Rob” split time between the freshmen team and varsity roster. Soon after, Jones took another job running Under Armour camps before he was hired by UGA.

Nkemdiche and Jones are friends. So now the popular question for Internet message boards – Did UGA hire Nkemdiche’s former coach to get an advantage?

Grayson coach Mickey Conn chuckled when he was asked about it. “I don’t think Georgia hiring Daryl Jones has anything to do with Robert.”

Robert Nkemdiche (AJC)

Robert Nkemdiche (AJC)

“Robert’s decision is going to be what Robert wants to do.”

More background on Jones: He is well-connected and well-respected within the Georgia high school ranks after serving as a coach or athletics director in the state for 17 years. He will be making a $110,000 salary at UGA, according to FOI requests.

“Georgia is getting a great guy … a great coach and a great PR guy,” Conn said. “He’s real positive and a high-energy guy. He’s very organized. I think he’s going to do a fantastic job.”

Nkemdiche is considering Alabama, Ole Miss, LSU, UGA, Clemson, Texas, Mississippi State and Florida, among others.

Here are some other Nkemdiche inside connections to consider:

  • Alabama: Nkemdiche’s coach (Conn) played on Alabama’s 1992 national championship team.
  • Ole Miss: Nkemdiche’s brother plays for Ole Miss, while his childhood best friend and Grayson teammate (David Kamara) has a scholarship offer from the Rebels.
  • Clemson: Nkemdiche’s coach (Conn) played football and roomed together with Dabo Swinney. One of Robert’s Grayson’s teammates, Wayne Gallman, is committed to Clemson, while Kamara has an offer.
  • Mississippi State: Nkemdiche has lived with the family of Grayson QB Nick Schuessler, who signed with Mississippi State last February. Kamara holds an offer.

What do you think? Did UGA hire Jones to get to Nkemdiche? (We don’t think so) Will it help at all? (It may help get Robert to visit UGA’s campus again) Which Nkemdiche connection is the strongest? Please post below.

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417 comments Add your comment

Al

May 25th, 2012
2:08 am

Thomas Brown

May 25th, 2012
2:15 am

Well, he said himself that it helps UGA. But, is this the real question that we hired him to get an advantage, or is the real question that it is or is not a violation when there are other coaches hired from high schools at other colleges, who later then recruited and signed the players who played for the high school coach ?

We did this a couple years ago in women’s basketball and that worked out well for Andy Landers. There are all kinds of examples of this all over the country. Does it help in the recruiting when Robert Nkemdiche himself says it does ? Duh.

Crimson Crush

May 25th, 2012
2:31 am

Look … we already know the answer for the typical AJC Dawg poster . Why ask the question ? If UGA and Richt does it … it is A-okay and sanctioned by God himself . If anyone else does it the severity of the “transgression” is in direct proportion to the relative success of that program vs Georgia . :-)

Big Dawg

May 25th, 2012
2:32 am

Third. Go Dawgs! About to be Top 5 for Recruiting!!

qb/db

May 25th, 2012
2:58 am

What can Ga. Tech do to get in race. Send over John Portman$$$$$

Bad Dawg

May 25th, 2012
3:07 am

Nkemdiche is not going to UGA no matter what. This is another non-story. He might as well dawn the crimson and show he’s proud. Go Dawgs!

Buzz2011

May 25th, 2012
3:32 am

Where do they go when they hit Athens ( Clarke County)???
Where is Jim Donnan, Harrick and Evans?? Real Dawgs…

7576DAWG

May 25th, 2012
3:41 am

For Georgia to start him at $110,000 he has a lot of experience working around recruits. For Georgia to finally admit that Garner is not getting the job done and that he needs help with organizing visits and hosting the recruits while on campus , is huge. Garner needs to be retired or delegated to a desk job but he has been with Georgia so long I guess it is better just to hire someone else , with more energy to help with recruiting. This is a good hire by McGarity and has nothing to do with Robert Nkemdiche.

Jailyard Dwag.......

May 25th, 2012
5:33 am

Just as long as we don’t have to play a top twenty team, we’ll be fine…..Go Dwags

Score Check

May 25th, 2012
5:55 am

I hope he is all Dawg.

But there is one other thing for him to consider:

Coach Sick Satan = SCUM
Coach Sick Satan = SCUM
Coach Sick Satan = SCUM

Tweak your knee and he will leave you twisting in the wind

RedandBlackDAWG

May 25th, 2012
6:15 am

I doubt the hiring of a former high school coach of his team when he was a freshman, will have little bearing on where he finally ends up. It is a nice conspiracy story designed to get hits on this blog. Alabama fans will really jump on this, because they are not feeling all that confident about him committing to their school. If he were sure, he would just get it over with and commit. UGA may not get him either, but it is a wait and see game with this kid. He knows demand is high and he is enjoying his time in the spot light. Let him enjoy his time in the lime light. Once he is on a campus and preparing to start, he will have to work, just like any other freshman to have an impact his first year. Super athlete or not, college football, is a big step up from High School, where an outstanding athlete sticks out like a sore thumb. In college, a lot of the kids were sore thumbs also, and they had to work their butts off to get near the top and earn their team mates respect.

tenn.DAWG

May 25th, 2012
6:18 am

If the the kid had interest in playing for his own state,family,and friends it should help,but if he’s just one of those hired mercenary types he will probably stay with saban’s bammers.

blord

May 25th, 2012
6:40 am

Of course St. Richt hired the guy to get at Nkemdiche.

GT

May 25th, 2012
6:54 am

I don’t think, particularly urban players, give two hoos what their high school coaches are thinking. Basketball is different and usually now days that influence is not the high school coach as much as the AAU coach. I can see a backwoods kid needing some input but some of these kids are smarter than the guy coaching them. And not because the kids are that smart.

gbal

May 25th, 2012
6:57 am

for 1 player …. No way …. report dude .. enough with the silly question posts

Crimson Crush

May 25th, 2012
7:07 am

Yah yah yah … terrible reporting … horrible … man this is just silly . Why post this kind of stuff ?

Change just one word … Georgia to Alabama … It would be “in depth hard hitting journalism” and there would already be four pages worth of post howling about “that cheatin Saban” ;-)

We Run the East

May 25th, 2012
7:08 am

Nothing to see here, please move along. I said move along, Kool-Aid available in washtub, helps you believe in tooth rairy, CMR is a great coach, and Obama is a great president

ole yeller

May 25th, 2012
7:11 am

Call it what you will. Politics is everwhere, even in football. It is what it is, and UGA is not the only one playing the politics card. Need me to name a few………Bama, Ole Miss, Clemson, to name a few close to home…….

bitter "spoiled recruit

May 25th, 2012
7:11 am

one player on defence never makes that much of a difference———–>>??–dion sanders

Grantham's The Man

May 25th, 2012
7:12 am

The answer to the question is no.

Ga needed a RC so they hired one.

bitter "spoiled recruit

May 25th, 2012
7:15 am

this coach has been organizing the 7 on 7 nike sports events and is up to date with all the lattest promotion and gimicks and lango that it takes to get through to this generation of

—————————————–bitter –spoiled—recruits——-bahahahahahah

TennesseeDawg

May 25th, 2012
7:16 am

Conn is a Krystal Baller and has been pushing him to Bammer. That’s more of a story than UGA hiring Daryl Jones. Although if Nkemdiche is serious about being an NFL D-lineman he’d come to Georgia. Bama has only 5 DL in the NFL to Georgia’s 12.

Crimson Crush

May 25th, 2012
7:20 am

If Richt will hand out scholarships to three scrubs and a dub just to land one decent player ( as he already HAS in the past ) he obviously will do whatever he can dream up to get his foot in a recruits door . (sans actual working for it of course … that seems to be a bit too much to ask of himself or his assistants on any sort of regular basis : -) )

DIT

May 25th, 2012
7:23 am

I could see where people might think so, but this kid is a Bama lock. I think CMR already knows that. It was good hear Coach Richt speak in Tampa last night. Got me ready for the up coming season. OK, he is not up to the caliber of coach as a Saban or Spurrier, but let’s be honest, who is. He is a good coach and good man. How people can sit there and hate the man is sheer ignorance.

robert

May 25th, 2012
7:30 am

In my opinion, Georgia need to back off with an offer to this young man. He can’t even dye his hair down the middle. We don’t need another Kaleb King. He may be a great athlete, but i feel we can pass on him to avoid trouble down the road.

Crimson Crush

May 25th, 2012
7:33 am

@DIT

I would think it isn’t hating “the man” so much as it is “the Dawgs” on the AJC who try to bash everyone else over the head with a Size 16 Bible and call it “recrootin”

Thomas Brown

May 25th, 2012
7:35 am

No; it’s the man who can’t caoch and proves it on and off the field, daily.

DIT

May 25th, 2012
7:38 am

What does “Size 16 Bible” mean? It seems at time you love throw CMR’s faith into just about every blog. Why do you even have to go there? Hey, I get that there are a good many idiot Dawg posters on here. I cringe when I read some of their crap. I hate it when at the start of a blog someone has to bring up Bama or another school and start bashing them. It ruins the entire blog because now everyone is playing tit-for-tat.
CC.. for me I just try and ignore the ignorant ones that post.

DIT

May 25th, 2012
7:40 am

Again, this kid is a Bama lock. UGA needs to focus elsewhere.

Jimmy Crack

May 25th, 2012
7:42 am

Well this eliminates all the competition all right. Case closed…until someone hires Robert’s pastor as the team’s spiritual advisor.

TennesseeDawg

May 25th, 2012
7:43 am

RN’s not coming to Georgia. He doesn’t want Kublanow owning him everyday in practice.

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May 25th, 2012
7:45 am

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Burma Shave

May 25th, 2012
7:49 am

Richt is already
Incredibly rich
If they don’t give him more
He’ll gripe and bitch

BURMA SHAVE

GaDog

May 25th, 2012
7:49 am

Do whatever it takes to get this superstar–the dogs need his talent bad to make a run at the SEC title.

AugustaDawg

May 25th, 2012
7:51 am

Unfortunately he has a coach looking out for his old school as opposed to looking out for Robert’s interest. Of course I’d love to seem him as a dawg but it’s his decision and a big one since he will be there the next 3-4 years of his life. I personally think he is going to watch the teams he is interested in and see how their seasons pan out. Conn is trying to con the young man on bama not that it wouldn’t get him ready for the NFL. I’m not bashing the school, it’s just let Robert make the best decision for him. UGA may have 10 players on defense alone drafted this coming year.

Thomas Brown

May 25th, 2012
7:51 am

You mean like :

DIT October 24th, 2011 3:00 pm

“Murray gets INT happy: UF 31 UGA 14″
________________________________
DIT October 24th, 2011 12:48 pm

“I agree JAWJeRDAWG. This game will not be decided by Brantly. This game will be decided by Murray. Will he give the game away like he did against SC”
_______________________________________________
DIT December 19th, 2011 12:54 pm

“No one cares about tek. Your team is terrible! The last 3 years UGA has sported the worst teams in recent memory and you tools could not find a way to win.”
_______________________________________________
DIT May 25th, 2012 7:23 am

“OK, he is not up to the caliber of coach as a Saban or Spurrier”
___________________________________________________
Your own opinions are rather all over the place, wouldn’t you say – saying that Aaron Murray sucks daily, then predicting he goes to NFL early with a good season this season; and, saying that our team the current 3-year stretch are the worst UGA teams in memory; then, follow-that up with today that well Mark Richt ain’t a very good coach; that South Carolina’s coach is a better coach amongst others better than he at his calling; then you state you ignore ignorant posts; and follow that up with Mark Richt is a good man – hang it if he can’t coach his way out of a wet paper bag against the top teams and never has, never will.

RedandBlackDAWG

May 25th, 2012
7:53 am

DIT, if NKE were a lock for Alabama, he would have no reason to delay his commitment would he?

Techster

May 25th, 2012
7:57 am

Tech needs to hire Nkemdiche’s father, mother and anyone in his family within 6 degress of consanquinity as “Co-Directors of Special Off-Campus Recruiting at Grayson High School,” contingent upon certain conditions being met and for a term as long as that special condition remains on Tech’s football team. That ought to pass NCAA muster, don’t you think?

Crimson Crush

May 25th, 2012
7:59 am

Fair enough DIT . I will say that given the long running character of this blog it is a bit much to expect it to operate under Marquess of Queensberry rules . Some blogs are ruled with an iron hand ( which tends to stifle discussion ) and others run so far to the stupid side they aren’t worth reading . ( some have already stated they feel that way here on the AJC )

I would say the BEST you can hope for (short of a dictatorial crackdown that really WOULD lessen participation ) is an SEC Rant styled equilibrium (tigerdroppings) where people learn who is who and come to individual accords with each other on respect .

tide roll

May 25th, 2012
8:00 am

WHAT THE HECK!? 8:00 A.M. Fri. Morning and no more white offensive lineman committed? Richt, Booboo, and Friend need to get with it. The fools realize the freakish ability of a defensive player like Nkemdiche, and then attempt to alter the laws of nature by recruiting and lining up a puds like John Theus opposite him. No wonder you haven’t one a National Title in 31 years.

Dude

May 25th, 2012
8:01 am

Bigger story is Garner getting help to recruit. There is no major connection with this coach and the player. Player did not even associate much with the coach as a freshman. Totally different position group and Robert was not on varsity fulltime. This is media just stirring the pot.

Crimson Crush

May 25th, 2012
8:02 am

Hats off to the fine folks from Burma Shave LOL

tide roll

May 25th, 2012
8:06 am

Should have signed Nkemdiche’s brother. Richt never ceases to amaze. You guys do it with Huey and Austin Long. You do it with John and Nathan Theus. But not with Nkemdiche’s brother!? Says about all you need to know in regards to UGA football doesn’t it. The kid and his family should be insulted, and rightfully so. 31 years and counting.Is it any wonder!

Bubba J.

May 25th, 2012
8:08 am

UGA is going to regret not offering his brother everyday for the next 3 years. I don’t think this guy is coming to Athens.

Whiskey Breath

May 25th, 2012
8:16 am

A better question is Ga really that sleezy? The answer is a quick Hell Yea. If you have to ask, something stinks. The AJC will make the coach out to be something he isn’t, but I am used to that.
He is a asst. DB coach at a high school and that is about the gist of it. If you really wanted to make a good hire, you would have got somebody from a university that had a similar job. But hey, Richt knows we are too dumb to stop it. Ga, you are a laugh every day. Hey Ga, why don’t you go after Robert on the merit of the school? You know Bama is getting him, so you are pulling the home state card. funny

Whiskey Breath

May 25th, 2012
8:22 am

Thomas Brown, I think I speak for everybody on here, please go away. Shoo Fly.

Road Scholar

May 25th, 2012
8:22 am

“For the record, UGA recently hired Daryl Jones as its Director of On-Campus Recruiting – which is the most critical behind-the-scenes job in the recruiting department.”

What does an on-campus recruiter do? Tour guide? Attends intramural sports to find walk-on candidates? Bail student athletes out of jail?

RxDawg

May 25th, 2012
8:26 am

Well first of all, I don’t care if they did. With some of our other SEC brethren relying on dirty tricks I guess you gota do what you gota do to compete as long as no rules are broken.

That said, I don’t buy it. One player doesn’t make a team. This guy Daryl Jones is going to have to recruit a lot more then just 1 defensive linemen. Maybe his connection with RN was just an added benefit but not the sole reason?

Walker, Texas Ranger

May 25th, 2012
8:26 am

Rob is a Reb. Blood is thicker than water.

Thomas Brown

May 25th, 2012
8:30 am

And, just leave your Whiskey Breath at 830 am in here all alone by yourself with you agenda of lies about UGA