What a week for Robert Nkemdiche.
He pretty much won over everybody with his freak athleticism and warm personality at the Under Armour All-America game, including his teammates, his coaches and the recruiting media. And he was treated like a rock star when he attended the Ole Miss bowl game on Saturday to watch his brother play.
What’s next for the nation’s undisputed No. 1 prospect? The final stretch of recruiting. This week, he will decide on dates for official visits to his two finalists, Ole Miss and LSU.
That’s not really anything new. What is new is that Nkemdiche said he’s eliminated the possibility of visiting other schools, including Clemson (where he was formerly committed to), Florida, USC, Oregon, etc.
At least that’s the plan at the moment.
“Yes sir, that’s it; it’s just Ole Miss and LSU,” Nkemdiche said. “I don’t want to get it all mixed up with other schools in there. I will figure out when I will visit them when I get home.”
At Friday’s Under Armour All-America game, Nkemediche finished with one tackle, one QB hurry and a lot of praise from the celebrity coaches: Former NFL coach Herman Edwards compared the Grayson High School defensive lineman to Julius Peppers, while former NFL linebacker LaVar Arrington said he had flashbacks to Shawne Merriman.
After the game, Nkemdiche was asked if he was aware of reports that an Ole Miss booster had offered his father a job, and he responded, “I don’t know about that.”
Nkemdiche’s father, Dr. Sunday Nkemdiche, was considered the top candidate for a research position at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC) but later withdrew his name to stay near his son in the Atlanta area, according to a report by OutkickTheCoverage.com that you can read HERE.
The reason it became public knowledge is because the Mississippi state legislature got involved. An anonymous e-mail alleging that Ole Miss committed potential recruiting violations was sent in and reviewed by the Mississippi’s Legislature’s Joint Committee of Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review (PEER).
PEER director Max Arinder decided not to investigate the matter any further, and suggested that the complainant to discuss it with the NCAA, according to the Clarion-Ledger (You can read the article HERE).
“The committee felt that what we were looking at was purely and simply an allegation that there could have been some misdealing — improper recruiting action,” Arinder told the website. “The committee took the position that if the complainant has any documented evidence, it needs to go before the proper body, and that would be the NCAA.”
This type of situation is nothing new. Last year, Florida State signed the nation’s No. 1 recruit, defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. of Denton, Texas. Six months later, the star prospect’s father was quietly hired as FSU’s Director of Player Development.
Yep, $99 for a signed Robert Nkemdiche Under Armour All-America card on eBay….
— Luke Stampini (@LukeStampini) January 7, 2013
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