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Consensus No. 1 recruit to visit LSU

Robert Nkemdiche AP

While most recruiting experts fully expect Robert Nkemdiche to sign with Ole Miss next week, the consensus No. 1 player in the Class of 2013 has decided to throw a little intrigue — and some Oxford angst — into the process.

On his Twitter account Thursday night, the uncommitted defensive end and self-described Aceboogie_001 confirmed that he would be taking a visit this weekend to another SEC West school. “LSU tomrrow [sic] what up!” Nkemdiche wrote.

The visit to the Tigers is eyebrow-raising to say the least.  Following an official visit to Ole Miss last weekend, Sunday Nkemdiche, the player’s father, told Rivals.com that he “did not expect his son to take any more official visits,” specifically adding “there would not be a trip to LSU this weekend.”

The LSU development is the latest twist that normally comes with the recruitment of the top player in the country.

The Georgia high schooler surprised many by verbally committing to Clemson in June of last year.  Five months later, and after some very public posturing on the part of his mother, Nkemdiche surprised almost no one by decommitting from Clemson.

Nkemdiche acknowledged in late December that he was still considering Alabama (his mom’s preference), Clemson, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Ole Miss, although that list was ultimately whittled down to the latter two.  The Gators had been in his final three as recently as two weeks ago, although they have (presumably) been eliminated.

Denzel Nkemdiche, the recruit’s brother, is a rising sophomore linebacker with the Rebels and, aside from Hugh Freeze and his coaching staff, is the single biggest reason why Ole Miss is a player in this high-stakes recruiting game.

Nkemdiche is expected to announce his school of choice at 7:30 a.m. ET Wednesday.

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24 Responses to “Consensus No. 1 recruit to visit LSU”
  1. be4bama says: Feb 1, 2013 10:33 AM

    Would love to see him at BAMA. I think he’ll go with his brother to Ole Miss…..now LSU in in the running.

  2. scalpemseminoles says: Feb 1, 2013 10:52 AM

    whoever gets this kid should expect an NCAA investigation. oh wait, this is the SEC, what am i talking about

  3. mtmk0586 says: Feb 1, 2013 11:43 AM

    Maybe he can learn to spell tomorrow in college but I doubt it. Boy can he play football, that is good enough to get a degree in the sec!

  4. mtmk0586 says: Feb 1, 2013 11:45 AM

    Bama still has time to buy him!

  5. mtmk0586 says: Feb 1, 2013 11:48 AM

    Bama , you need to up your bid. Throw in some deer stuff to seal the deal!

  6. classyjacklambert says: Feb 1, 2013 12:52 PM

    Head case probably. Anyone that decommits without a very good reason, like a coaching change, shows he has no moral character. Unfortunately this is a lesson he probably won’t learn playing anywhere if he is a star in college football, let alone in the SEC.

  7. be4bama says: Feb 1, 2013 1:29 PM

    With the right coaches this young man will be fine.

  8. classyjacklambert says: Feb 1, 2013 1:41 PM

    Yes, but can you remember the last time an SEC coach was applauded for doing a good job shaping moral character of his athletes?

  9. be4bama says: Feb 1, 2013 2:15 PM

    Of course I think Saban does. Even Rolando McClain kept his nose clean while at BAMA.

  10. guinsrule says: Feb 1, 2013 2:50 PM

    Is it me, or does this kid really love the spotlight?

  11. classyjacklambert says: Feb 1, 2013 3:00 PM

    Lol good point Be4Bama.

  12. classyjacklambert says: Feb 1, 2013 3:04 PM

    The only argument I make against that is that there is a difference between giving someone strong moral character and temporarily keeping someone in line. One of those is shaping a young man and his future, the other is only a temporary fix. I think it could be argued that what Saban does is the latter rather than the former.

  13. Deb says: Feb 1, 2013 3:07 PM

    @classyjacklambert …

    You’re not too bright, are you? The username makes that clear. Jack Lambert was one of the most straight-up, hard-nosed football players to ever walk on a field. He’s the last person to need someone to attach “classy” to his name.

    These are high school kids–in many cases kids who’ve never had even the smallest advantage in life–being courted like superstars. It doesn’t take illegal offers of money on the table for recruiters to make these kids feel like they’re the hottest thing since RGIII. Plus they’ve got coaches, parents, girlfriends, buddies, and everyone else pitching to them night and day. No wonder they can’t make up their minds.

    I love how guys on a football blog think that at 17 or 18 they would have had the wisdom and moral fiber of someone 42. Yeah, big guy, I’m sure you’d have made the best possible decision and stuck with it no matter what. :roll:

    And be4bama is right. McClain came from a difficult background, but Saban is a tough disciplinarian. McClain stayed out of trouble while he was at Bama and has had nothing else since going to Oakland. No matter what prejudices you have about the SEC, it’s like any other conference: Some coaches are tough taskmasters and some aren’t.

  14. Deb says: Feb 1, 2013 3:26 PM

    @classyjacklambert …

    Just reread that post, and sorry–I probably hit a little too hard there. But really … when is the last time a Big 10 or Pac 12 or ACC coach was applauded for shaping the moral character of his players? These coaches don’t take players to raise. They take them to coach in an effort to win football games. Some of these anti-SEC posts really are getting absurd.

  15. classyjacklambert says: Feb 1, 2013 3:47 PM

    Hey Deb,
    No offense taken. My name is kind of a joke. I like to think of Jack Lambert wearing a tuxedo t-shirt, because it says he’s classy but he’s ready to party as well. I’m not saying anything bad about the SEC in particular although I do admit I am no fan. What I am really saying is that it is up to the parents to teach these kids their moral character not the coaches, although I do believe in rare cases the coaches can make a difference. I think the last one that comes to mind immediately is Bo Schembeckler, which probably says something.
    I’ll be the last to disagree with you that I am not too bright though, truer words have never been spoken. Thanks for the feedback and I respect your opinion as always.

  16. cometkazie says: Feb 1, 2013 5:09 PM

    The Saturday Down South blog is running articles on how highly rated prep players did in college and the NFL.

    I recommend dropping over there. It’s interesting.

  17. classyjacklambert says: Feb 1, 2013 5:13 PM

    Got a link?

  18. marcinhouston says: Feb 1, 2013 5:36 PM

    The SEC is clean. It is the Big Ten and Pac-12 that do all the cheating, and then use their northern and west coast sense of privilege and elitism to claim they are only doing it because they are oh so sure the SEC is doing it worse. Well, the SEC knows they are under the spotlight of stereotype and stays clean, and it is the Big Ten and Pac-12 that cheat and get caught and lose national championships because their focus is more on cheating schemes than good ole fashion running fast 40’s and lifting big weights like they do in the SEC.

  19. cometkazie says: Feb 1, 2013 5:42 PM

    Saturday Down South

    http://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/

    They are doing it by position.

  20. takingbovadasmoney says: Feb 1, 2013 6:05 PM

    He is trying to Miles Ole Miss. He is forcing Mississippi’s hand right before signing day to get more $$$ out of them. He saw Treadwell’s first installment on twitter.

  21. mrlaloosh says: Feb 1, 2013 7:11 PM

    Has there ever been a clown with “bust” written all over him more then this guy. Ryan Perilloux, anyone?

  22. Deb says: Feb 1, 2013 9:15 PM

    @classyjacklambert …

    Thanks for a nice reply. I love Jack Lambert. He’s just a heartbeat behind Rod Woodson as my all-time favorite Steeler :)

    I’ve read interviews with players who’ve talked about the great positive influence both Saban and, of course, Bear Bryant had on their lives. One of my favorite Bear stories was when he threatened to bench Kenny Stabler for his after-hours hijinks. Stabler didn’t believe him until he got a telegram from Namath that said, “He means it.” Tough love is about all they can do, but with some players, it’s enough to make a lasting impression.

  23. bamagirl33 says: Feb 2, 2013 1:18 AM

    Ole Miss really? Guess Nkemdiche prefers getting flattened once a year instead of every day in practice by the BAMA RBs.

  24. 305fan says: Feb 2, 2013 5:22 PM

    It’s going to be a battle of the highest bidder. SEC Boosters better dig deep into those pockets. Don’t forget to tip the NCAA or they will come knocking.

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