Robert Nkemdiche: Basically shutting down recruiting to focus on Grayson

AJC Super 11 DE Robert Nkemdiche of Grayson High School (AJC)

AJC Super 11 DE Robert Nkemdiche of Grayson High School (AJC)

Undisputed No. 1 prospect Robert Nkemdiche told the AJC that he has basically shut down the recruiting process until his senior season of high school football is over.

“I not thinking about it,” Nkemdiche told the AJC. “I’m just focused on the season right now. My focus is on my team, and helping my teammates try to win the state championship again. And I’ll worry about recruiting and everything else after the playoffs.”

There has been a lot to talk about with Nkemdiche’s recruiting lately. He committed to Clemson last summer but recently admitted that his family was torn between the Tigers and Ole Miss. His mother wants Robert to play on the same team with his brother, Denzel Nkemdiche, a freshman linebacker at Ole Miss.

“I see where my mother is coming from,” Robert said. “She wants to see both of us on the same team, and seeing us do great things together. We’ll see how it all plays out. We’ll see how it goes.”

Will it happen? Will Robert switch his commitment from Clemson to Ole Miss to play with his brother? “Yes, we might play together. If we do play together, it will be like old times when we played together (at Grayson High School).”

Are there any other colleges that Nkemdiche is seriously considering other than Clemson and Ole Miss? “Yes, sir. LSU and Florida are in the mix.”

What about official visits? Nkemdiche said he hasn’t set up any recruiting trips and doesn’t plan to even think about it until the completion of Grayson’s season.

After Grayson football, the thing that Robert is most excited about is going to UGA on Saturday to see his brother play for Ole Miss. Denzel has turned into one of the SEC’s best young defensive players this season and leads Ole Miss in tackles.

“He’s doing a great job, and he’s having a monster season,” Robert said. “I’m really proud of my brother. He’s showing everybody what he can do. I thought he was underrated coming out of high school.

“I’m not surprised by what he’s doing because I knew he had it in him. He’s just always had that fire in his eyes. Whenever he stepped on the football field, he is determined to be a good player. I’m really proud of him.”

Note: The AJC will post a feature on Denzel Nkemdiche tomorrow.

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