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Nation’s top ’13 recruit ‘just not ready yet’ to commit

Robert Nkemdiche

According to Rivals.com… and 247Sports.com… and Scout.com, Georgia high school defensive end Robert Nkemdiche is the top-rated prospect in the Class of 2013.

Back in March, the lineman had set a date of May 18 to make an announcement on where he would verbally commit to playing his college ball in 2013 and beyond.  Less than two weeks ahead of that announcement, however, Nkemdiche has pushed the non-binding decision off until well into the future.

Nkemdiche on Monday told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he’s simply not ready to pull the trigger on a decision that will be the most important of his young life.

“I’m just not ready yet,” Nkemdiche said. “This is one of the biggest decisions of my life. I want to go see some new places, and go back to some other places to spend more time with the coaches and to check out the campuses. It’s a big decision, and I want to get it right.”

As for when Nkemdiche will make his highly sought after commitment?  The Journal-Constitution surmised that it likely won’t happen until sometime around signing day in February of next year.

That appears to be a highly likely timeline as Nkemdiche wants to take visits to other schools, but doesn’t want to take them until after his upcoming senior season of high school football is completed.

“I’m probably going to try to take all my official visits, and then pick the best school,” Nkemdiche said. “I probably won’t take any visits during the season because I want to stay focused on my main goal — and that’s helping our team win another state championship. I’ll probably wait until after the season and then go visit schools and stuff.”

Suffice to say, the 6-5, 260-pound Nkemdiche has myriad suitors, with Alabama and Ole Miss — his brother, redshirt freshman defensive back Denzel Nkemdiche, plays for the Rebels — widely perceived as the front-runners, although Nkemdiche himself has yet to publicly offer a pecking order recently.

The Journal-Constitution writes that “Clemson, UGA and LSU are also in the mix, and Nkemdiche has mentioned interest in visiting other schools such as Southern Cal, Texas, Oregon, Mississippi State and Florida.”  Back in mid-April, Rivals wrote that Nkemidiche’s top five were, in alphabetical order, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU and Ole Miss.

According to the Rivals database, Nkemdiche has yet to take an official visit to any of the schools mentioned, or any other school for that matter.

(Photo credit: Loganville Grayson (Ga.) High School)

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26 Responses to “Nation’s top ’13 recruit ‘just not ready yet’ to commit”
  1. secucks says: May 8, 2012 12:41 PM

    In that Nkemdiche decided to at least look beyond a the schools that previously had been mostly confined to SEC conference teams (with Clemson being the exception), perhaps he is now examining the comparative academic rank of SEC against other conferences. The SEC ranks below the ACC, Big Ten, PAC-12, Big East and the Big-12 which makes them number six out of six. SEC fans can brag as much as they like about their six in a row string of BCS wins but in half of those conferences noted above, more than half of the teams are ahead of the #2 ranked team in the SEC. SEC should be thankful that the football powerhouse Vanderbilt is a member of to their conference. Be smart Nkemdiche… you have better choices than the SEC.

    Just doing my part to mess with the arrogant (but ignorant) SEC fan base!

  2. liverpoolred04 says: May 8, 2012 1:11 PM

    His mom is so lucky, she’ll be driving in a new Cadillac after his official visit to Alabama.

  3. rolltide510 says: May 8, 2012 1:17 PM

    Good post secucks. Word has it Nkemdiche is really looking for a school with a good art history program.

  4. rsmeans says: May 8, 2012 1:31 PM

    If he wants to be in the spotlight and win a NC then he should stick with the SEC. If he wants to live in a smoggy dangerous place then USC is the place. Best to forget the Big 12 which has poor football in a declining conference with the worse academic rated schools except for Texas of all the major conferences.

  5. secucks says: May 8, 2012 1:52 PM

    Don’t look now but academically the Big 12 is ranked higher than the SEC. SEC HAS 5 teams ranked 100+. The Big 12 has only 2 both tied at 102. Additionally there are statistical rankings for football that put the Big 12 ahead of the SEC.

  6. secucks says: May 8, 2012 1:54 PM

    Try again. Academically the Big 12 is higher than the SEC.

  7. BrownsTown (the 1st one, not the new guy using my name) says: May 8, 2012 2:13 PM

    tomalbetartalk.com says that Nkemdiche is a lock for Bama.

    http://sportsbybrooks.com/tag/tom_al-betar

  8. dhnation21 says: May 8, 2012 2:52 PM

    Secsucks –
    Before you continue to tout the academic prowess of football powers in non-SEC conferences, I suggest you look at the football program graduation rates at the bottom of this article. Bottom line is, in major college football academics are more than secondary.

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/2010-10-27-ncaa-graduation-rates-study_N.htm

  9. stropcity says: May 8, 2012 3:15 PM

    secucks -

    “statistical rankings for football….” Is that the best you can come up with?

    The only football statistic that matters is in the trophy case.

  10. secucks says: May 8, 2012 3:21 PM

    My point was picking a school has more criteria than what may be in a trophy case. And the grad rate is meaningless as a higher percentage of kids graduate from kindergarten than college.

  11. bozosforall says: May 8, 2012 3:42 PM

    secucks says:
    May 8, 2012 3:21 PM
    My point was picking a school has more criteria than what may be in a trophy case. And the grad rate is meaningless as a higher percentage of kids graduate from kindergarten than college.

    __
    secucks = Jealous “Little 1.2″ idiot

    1.2″ being the size of his wee wee

  12. jkonigsb says: May 8, 2012 5:48 PM

    @rsmeans

    Big 12 a declining conference? How do you figure? I really want to know the reasoning behind it, seeing that in the next week our TV agreement will be signed for $2.6 BILLION with ESPN and Fox. They just added one of the winningest programs in college football the last decade in WVU, coming off a raping of Clemson in the Orange Bowl (3-0 in BCS Bowls), and if you look at the BCS standings when it comes to conferences, the Big 12 is #1. So before you start trashing conferences get your facts straight. You sound like an idiot.

  13. jkonigsb says: May 8, 2012 5:53 PM

    I used the 2011 final BCS rankings but put the schools in the conferences they will play in in 2012.
    I added up the rankings for every team in the conference, then divided by the number of teams to get the average ranking. That eliminates number of teams making a difference. It shows top to bottom rankings strength.

    Big XII is easily No. 1.

    By average ranking:

    1. Big XII …… 25.40
    2. SEC ………. 33.29
    3. Big 10 ……. 47.92
    4. ACC ……… 51.55
    5. Pac-12 …… 55.00
    6. Big East … 58.50

    Big XII 25.40 average ranking

    3. Oklahoma State
    8. Kansas State
    12. Baylor
    14. Oklahoma
    18. TCU
    23. West Virginia
    24. Texas
    31. Iowa State
    45. Texas Tech
    76. Kansas

    SEC 33.29 average ranking
    1. Alabama
    2. LSU
    6. Arkansas
    9. South Carolina
    16. Georgia
    25. Auburn
    26. Missouri
    29. Texas A&M
    42. Mississippi State
    43. Florida
    48. Vanderbilt
    56. Tennessee
    68. Kentucky
    95. Mississippi

    Big 10 47.92 average ranking

    10. Wisconsin
    13. Michigan
    17. Michigan State
    20. Nebraska
    22. Penn State
    46. Iowa
    51. Ohio State
    61. Illinois
    65. Northwestern
    67. Purdue
    91. Minnesota
    112. Indiana

    ACC 51.55 average ranking

    11. Virginia Tech
    15. Clemson
    28. Florida State
    33. Georgia Tech
    36. Virginia
    47. North Carolina
    55. North Carolina State
    59. Wake Forest
    84. Boston College
    99. Duke
    100. Maryland
    no ranking permitted – Miami (Fla.)

    Pac-12 55.00 average ranking

    4. Stanford
    5. Oregon
    44. California
    54. UCLA
    58. Arizona State
    71. Arizona
    84. Oregon State
    86. Washington State
    89. Colorado
    no ranking permitted – Southern Cal
    ??? Washington – didn’t find ranking

    Big East 58.50 average ranking

    27. Cincinnati
    38. Louisville
    39. Rutgers
    62. Pitt
    70. Temple
    75. South Florida
    78. Connecticut
    79. Syracuse

  14. rsmeans says: May 8, 2012 6:05 PM

    Big12 fans always try to downgrade the SEC but of course any rational person knows the SEC has over the years the best bowl record, best bcs bowl record, most national championships and leads the nation in attendance, TV exposure, coaching salaries, average stadium size and has 4 members of AAU the most prestigious of Academic success. The Big 12 and PAC12 on the other hand rank fourth and fifth on all most all categories from BCS Bowl records to NC win rates.

    They have about one half of the TV viewing of the SEC according to Nielsen which means less revenue in the future. The Big 10 and ACC rank second and third on most categories and seem to be gaining ground. The Big 12 is the least stable next to the Big East of all conferences and money says those two conferences are not only irrelevant but among the walking dead.

  15. rsmeans says: May 8, 2012 6:10 PM

    JKON your ratings are worthless because you did not use the ending AP Poll after the bowl games to rate the conferences. The SEC had 3 teams in the top 5 and 4 teams in the top 10 whereas the Little 12 only had OSU. Typical uneducated Little 12 fans.

  16. dcroz says: May 8, 2012 9:28 PM

    secucks:

    Hmmm…guess you’re going for the prestigious “CFT Troll of the Year” award. Looks like you are among the frontrunners at this point.

  17. rolltide510 says: May 8, 2012 9:49 PM

    “dcroz says:
    May 8, 2012 9:28 PM
    secucks:

    Hmmm…guess you’re going for the prestigious “CFT Troll of the Year” award. Looks like you are among the frontrunners at this point.”

    I’m not giving up without a fight.

  18. secucks says: May 8, 2012 9:57 PM

    PFT troll of the year? Sounds about as prestigious as being the BCS NC. AND if t have 1.2″ as suggested by @rameans that’s 1.2″ more than any male SEC fan.

  19. thraiderskin says: May 9, 2012 1:04 PM

    well anyway, I don’t blame the kid for not making a decision right now. He should do whatever is best for him and look into as many possibilities as he can, it really is a big decision.

  20. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: May 9, 2012 8:03 PM

    jkonigsb…
    You a Moron!! How you like them apples.. Normally I don’t respond to idiots like you and my se-cuck is bigger and better yours!!

    Do your average again and this this put the schools in the right conference.
    Like TAM and MIZZ last I check they were BXII last season …WOW!!! You almost sounded like you knew what you were talking about! How you them apples now?..

  21. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: May 9, 2012 8:11 PM

    So Mr. secucks… Why do you bring in Academic every time you talk about SEC?
    Why do you feel the need to se-CUCKS is bigger than you and my daddy will beat your daddy? Why??
    What’s your conference and your team?
    And don’t go there with, “well we know about Asian guy.” .. Don’t do it because if you did … Well just don’t go there

  22. secucks says: May 9, 2012 9:13 PM

    @crazysevasian
    You’re correct in saying that I shouldn’t be talking about academics in the SEC. Other than Vandy there isn’t anything that resembles academics in the SEC. That’s why the SEC is sixth out of the six major conferences in this area.

  23. rsmeans says: May 9, 2012 10:45 PM

    Secucks I understand your response given your Little12 education. The SEC is fifth in education but the Little 12 is as bad in education as they are football but fall even lower academically to sixth place. The SEC has 4 AAU schools–Florida, Vandy, TAM and Missouri. This is the most prestigious of all academic ratings who does your conference have? The SEC has two tier 3 schools –Miss and Miss State while the Big 12 has 5–OKLA State, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, TCU and WVU. Those are the cold hard facts but I doubt you have enough education to understand them.

  24. secucks says: May 11, 2012 10:00 PM

    @rsmeans,

    Even after pondering your post for almost two days I have no idea what the EFF you’re talking about. Although you may not want to count the tier III schools you evidently have no idea what the tier III category means. Each school has an academic ranking including those that are categorized as tier III schools. The Big-12 has an average academic ranking of 106.75 and the SEC has an average ranking of 107.5. In that you appear to be a product of the SEC educational system the lower number is better than the higher number. Those are the numbers so you can add whatever postscript you want about something being a COLD HARD FACT but it doesn’t make the SEC academic ranking better than that of the Big 12.

    Incidentally I did not attend or associate nor am I a fan of the Big-12 or the conference you apparently are talking about when you schizophrenically refer to as being the Little 12. The Big 12 academic average is only slightly better than the SEC’s and both are piss poor. Still that makes the SEC six out of six academically. And being the SEC is number two out of six in conference football rankings feel free to gloat all you want about the six NC’s in a row. Whop-de-effin-do.

  25. rsmeans says: May 12, 2012 1:16 AM

    You do not know anything about academics Secuck given your normal discourse and poor verbal reasoning. Remember in your case speech reveals ignorance while silence lets you get a pass.

  26. secucks says: May 12, 2012 2:30 AM

    @rs – my “discourse” is accurate. You should follow your own advice on silence as when you say nothing one may think you’re a fool but when you respond all doubt is removed. And that is a cold hard fact.

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