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
Vonn Bell prediction?
Vonn Bell, the 5-star safety from Ridgeland, nearly committed after the completion of his senior season. One of the main reasons he waited was to give a fair shake to his childhood favorite, Tennessee.
His other two finalists are Ohio State and rumored frontrunner Alabama.
“I waited because I wanted to go visit the campuses again, and give Tennessee a chance because they lost their coach at the end of the year,” Bell said. “I want to give everybody an equal and fair shot.”
How does Bell feel about the Volunteers? “They’re in a slump right now but I think Butch Davis … I mean, Butch Jones, is the guy that will bring them out of that slump.”
Bell had a lot of nice things to say about Urban Meyer and his national championship at Florida. But he may have saved his highest praise for Nick Saban.
“Alabama … it just speaks for itself,” Bell said. They are in the national
It was a rough week and rough month for Dooly County defensive tackle Montravius Adams.
The 6-foot-4, 300-pounder injured his ankle on the first day of Under Armour All-America practice and was diagnosed with a stress fracture. Adams, who was in a walking boot for the rest of the week, said it was related to being injured on a “chop block” in the loss to ECI in the Class A state championship game.
After Friday’s Under Armour game in St. Petersburg, Fla., Adams left immediately for an official visit to Florida.
He has also scheduled trips to Clemson, Alabama and Georgia this month.
He is deciding between Auburn, Ole Miss, North Carolina and USC for his fifth and final visit.
Adams had mixed feelings about defensive line coach Rodney Garner being hired away from Georgia. “It didn’t really change things. Well, it affected it a little bit. Me and him were really close. But it
Mackendy Cheridor, a 6-foot-6, 240-pound tight end from Columbia High School, committed to Georgia State on Sunday.
“When I visited there, they really showed me that they wanted me to be a part of the program,” Cheridor told the AJC. “They told me I could be one of the best tight ends in the conference.”
Cheridor picked Georgia State over scholarship offers from Florida International, Western Carolina, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech and Eastern Kentucky. Syracuse and and Arkansas have also called about him.
You can watch Cheridor’s highlight film by CLICKING HERE.
RELATED: Cheridor’s teammate at Columbia, offensive tackle, Charles Rutledge, has committed to Tennessee Tech.
UGA suffered a big blow when Naim Mustafaa switched his commitment from the Bulldogs to Oklahoma State.
The 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive end from Alpharetta High School said he let UGA’s coaches know his decision a few days ago, and went public with it on Saturday. He starts college on Monday.
“I kept re-evaluating my decision, and I felt like Oklahoma State was better off for me,” said Mustafaa over the telephone from Oklahoma City’s airport.
“I really like the area in Stillwater, and the team, and the tradition of the Oklahoma State program, and all of that.
“It’s hard not going to Georgia because I’m from Georgia. But I want to go to the NFL one day, so I have got to do what’s best for me.”
Mustafaa thinks he will be better fit as a defensive end in Oklahoma State’s 4-3 defense rather than in UGA’s 3-4 as an outside
Brice Ramsey, UGA’s QB of the future, would’ve liked to have had a better performance to end his high school career. Then again, the Camden County product wasn’t going to beat himself too much after Friday’s Under Armour All-America game.
It was, after all, an all-star game, where kids are thrown together for only a few days. In these games, the offenses are always at a disadvantage, and everything is pretty unorganized. Think of it on the same level of a “pickup” basketball game.
Ramsey completed 5 of 16 passes with three interceptions for 64 yards in the White team’s 16-3 loss to the Black.
“It was tough,” Ramsey said. “You come out there and try to get everyone on the same page. And when everyone is not on the same page, it makes for chaos. That was what kind of happened tonight. But it was a good experience and a lot of fun.”
After the game, rather than taking it
UGA officials confirmed on Friday that 13 of its recruits have enrolled early in college.
The Bulldogs, which have 30 commitments for 2013, originally had 17 recruits that intended to start class on Monday for the spring semester. However, only 13 were cleared through admissions. The others will have to wait until May.
UGA needed to hit the magic number of 10 early enrollees circumvent the SEC’s new over-signing rules on a 25-man annual limit on class size. Under the rules, 10 of this year’s recruits will be “back-counted” toward the 2012 scholarship numbers, permitting the Bulldogs to sign 25 in February.
With 13 total enrolling early, 10 of those will count toward last year, and the other three will go toward this year’s numbers.
The last admittance of the group was John Atkins, a defensive tackle from Virginia’s Hargrave prep school.
On Thursday, Atkins told the AJC that he was approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse after his coach discovered that one of his grades had been
ST. PETERSBURG, FL. – The best linebacker from Georgia not named Reuben Foster committed to Ohio State on national TV on Friday.
Central Gwinnett High School’s Trey Johnson picked Ohio State over Florida and Tennessee during the Under Armour All-America football game on ESPN. Johnson de-committed from Auburn last month after the coaching change.
“Ohio State is getting an SEC-caliber player, which is what Urban Meyer is trying to bring to his Ohio State teams,” Central Gwinnett coach Todd Wofford told the AJC.
“It’s the same format that Brian Kelly did with Notre Dame and their defense – bring as many kids from the south up north, and have them outrun the offenses.
After Friday’s game, Johnson was scheduled to meet in the team hotel with Meyer. He’s also supposed to sit down with Auburn’s defensive coaches, which are desperately trying to lure him back to the Tigers before the Feb. 6 signing
LAKE BEUNA VISTA, FLA. — Robert Nkemdiche is already ranked as the nation’s No. 1 overall college football prospect.
This week, if it was possible for the defensive end from Grayson High School to soar any higher in everybody’s minds, Nkemdiche might’ve done it.
The 6-foot-6, 285-pounder won over his teammates, his coaches and the recruiting media with his athletic skills and friendly personality leading up to the Under Armour All-America game at 5 p.m. Friday. The ESPN-televised all-star game features 90 of the nation’s top high school players.
“God is very good, and it’s all God making it happen,” said Nkemdiche, who is favoring Ole Miss, where his older brother plays linebacker.
Despite Nkemdiche’s longtime stranglehold on the top
UGA got some unexpected good news with one of its commitments on Thursday.
John Atkins, a 6-foot-4, 310-pound defensive tackle from Virginia’s Hargrave prep school, was told that the NCAA Clearinghouse had corrected a mistake on his transcript — allowing him to enroll early at UGA.
“I feel good, I feel blessed,” Atkins told the AJC on Thursday evening, while making the six-hour trip from Virginia to Georgia.
“I couldn’t believe it when I heard it. They told me ‘You’re going to Georgia, and you will be there by tomorrow.”
Atkins will provide immediate help this spring to a UGA defense that will be depleted by graduation and NFL departures. He will play nose tackle.
Last year, Atkins signed with UGA out of Thomson High School but failed to meet NCAA academic requirements. This year, Atkins went to Hargrave to improve his academics and hoped to enroll at UGA in January but was told he needed to stay at the prep school longer to