Robert Nkemdiche, the nation’s No. 1 overall college prospect, was clearly the star of the Corky Kell luncheon at the Georgia Dome on Wednesday.
When the 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive end from Grayson High School entered the Dome, he was swarmed by the media, event staff, players from other teams and their parents, and opposing coaches. All in the day’s work for the 5-star defender.
“A lot of my coaches help me stay humble, they do a great job,” Nkemdiche said. “And I practice being humble. Some people try to be humble but I practice being humble. A lot of it also has to do with my spirituality. I’m a big Christian, and I want to glorify God.”
To Robert’s credit, as he was pulled in every which way but loose on Wednesday, he was happy to give everybody who asked a few minutes of his time.
Grayson’s athletics director stood a few feet away as Nkemdiche made the rounds on Wednesday, helping him facilitate through the time demands. Grayson coach Mickey Conn told the AJC that he is considering having a security guard escort Nkemdiche off the field after games. Nkemdiche has been known to stay 45 minutes or longer after games to talk to an adoring public and sign autographs for kids.
Even opposing players sometimes make autograph requests.
“It’s crazy but I don’t let it go to my head,” Nkemdiche said with a laugh. “If they ask for an autograph, I will give them one. I may be one of their heroes, I don’t know. But if I saw Cam Newton, I’d ask him for an autograph. It’s the same thing.”
What’s the latest with Nkemdiche’s recruiting?
He stated he’s “100-percent solid” with Clemson on Wednesday.
He’s considering visiting some West Coast schools, most notably USC and Oregon. “Yes, I probably will. I want to get a look at some of those schools, but I haven’t set anything up yet.”
He will try to go to Ole Miss as much as possible this season to see his older brother play ball.
On Saturday, Nkemdiche will make his debut as a high school senior at the Georgia Dome. Well, unless something else happens before then — joked McEachern High School coach Kyle Hockman during the Wednesday press conference.
“I was hoping he would sign with the Falcons before Saturday.”
Are you going to go see Nkemdiche play on Saturday? He’s the star of the party but there are plenty of other D1 prospects:
Here’s a breakdown of the top prospects in each game:
9 a.m. Chattahoochee vs. Kell
11:45 a.m. McEachern vs. Grayson:
2:30 p.m. North Gwinnett vs. Colquitt County
5:30 p.m. Peachtree Ridge vs. Camden County
8:30 p.m. Walton vs. Brookwood
THIS JUST IN …
BECAUSE WE MISS THE OLYMPICS
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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