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Consensus No. 1 recruit Robert Nkemdiche signs with Ole Miss

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Continuing a jaw-dropping run on the 2013 recruiting trail, Hugh Freeze and Ole Miss have officially landed the biggest fish in this year’s overflowing pond of prospects.

In a nationally-televised announcement made at his Georgia high school Wednesday morning, Robert Nkemdiche confirmed that, as many have expected, he will be signing with Ole Miss.  The five-star defensive end is the No. 1-rated recruit at any position according to Rivals.com, 247Sports.com, Scout.com and pretty much every other recruiting service on the planet.

Nkemdiche’s decision ends a wild eight-month ride for the 6-5, 260-pound lineman.

In June of last year, Nkemdiche surprised many an eyebrow by committing to Clemson.  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 were quickly eliminated following a Jnauary visit.

A visit this past weekend to LSU had Nkemdiche tweeting that the process was “getting hard now,” leading some to wonder if the Tigers could pull the upset on National Signing Day.  In the end, the lure of playing with his brother — All-SEC Freshman linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche — and the job Freeze and his staff did in sealing the deal was too much for any program to overcome.

Entering signing day, Ole Miss’ 2013 recruiting class was ranked No. 11 by Rivals, with the very realistic  possibility of pushing deep into the top ten — perhaps even the top five — depending on how the Herbie Hancocks shake out Wednesday.  To put that into perspective, the Rebels recruiting classes have been rated 27th or worse seven of the past 11 years.  Their best class ever?  2006, with a ranking of 15th in the country.

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9 Responses to “Consensus No. 1 recruit Robert Nkemdiche signs with Ole Miss”
  1. woebegong says: Feb 6, 2013 8:28 AM

    One drama queen down and ten more to go. This is probably the best thing about this years recruiting classes. Finally, these kids will make a decision and have to stand by it. Now if Foster stays true to his latest verbal, the two biggest queens of all will be out of the way, and fans can concentrate on the players that will really shape a teams fortunes for the next couple of years. No more talk after today as now, these kids will have to prove it on the football field, and not against high school players. I think more than a few of them, will soon realize that they have to earn their stripes on the field against much better competition, and against guys that do not care what they did in high school. I suspect, no matter what some did in high school, they are in for a big surprise in college.

  2. classyjacklambert says: Feb 6, 2013 8:54 AM

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see him change his mind one more time, IF his mom hadn’t already decided it for him. Way too much attention for a high school kid to handle well.

  3. alligatorsnapper says: Feb 6, 2013 8:57 AM

    Hugh Freeze and the Ole Miss (I have a habit of saying Rebs) team are doing extraordinarily well in recruiting this season. There will be great pressure on the program over the next few years, but this is welcome to this program. Hope they can translate this success to success on the field in every game but against LSU. In that game, tradition must triumph, and in that LSU game it must be “Go to h—–l, Ole Miss!”

  4. tj409 says: Feb 6, 2013 10:02 AM

    I sure hope this kid likes losing.

  5. 11inthebox says: Feb 6, 2013 10:11 AM

    @ woebegong who says:

    One drama queen down and ten more to go. This is probably the best thing about this years recruiting classes. Finally, these kids will make a decision and have to stand by it. Now if Foster stays true to his latest verbal, the two biggest queens of all will be out of the way, and fans can concentrate on the players that will really shape a teams fortunes for the next couple of years. No more talk after today as now, these kids will have to prove it on the football field, and not against high school players. I think more than a few of them, will soon realize that they have to earn their stripes on the field against much better competition, and against guys that do not care what they did in high school. I suspect, no matter what some did in high school, they are in for a big surprise in college.
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    Your use of the term “drama queen” is interesting. We pay attention to every move these kids make. High School games are nationally broadcast on Espn, for god sakes.

    Then, after the season these kids not only hold press conferences, but people actually televise those press conferences just to find out where they’re going.

    But you—and I suspect many others like you—expect all of this attention should make these adolescent boys something other than adolescent boys with an inflated view of importance. Then you just can’t wait for them to be “humbled” in college.

    I guess I just don’t get “fans” like you.

  6. woebegong says: Feb 6, 2013 10:48 AM

    11inthebox says:
    I will stick by my assessment that these kids are drama queens. Yes, the press obsesses over them, as well as many college coaches to the point of being sickening, but all too many fans do as well. Maybe times were indeed different than when I was a 17 or 18 year old kid, but you know what, we still honored our word when we made a promise then. I guess it must have been our upbringing.
    I am not saying that they will be humbled in college as I guess you miss the point of what I was saying. What I am saying is this is the last day, for them to enjoy the notoriety of their high school play and now they will be competing on the field against kids, with a much higher level of talent than they previously faced and they will have their work cut out for them. Their opponent is usually going to have a fair amount of talent when he lines up across from them, so for some, it will come as a big surprise.

  7. packerbadger says: Feb 6, 2013 4:30 PM

    Since he’s in the SEC, I wonder what his signing bonus will be.

  8. packermilitia says: Feb 6, 2013 6:32 PM

    Or how the family enjoys those new Escalades.

  9. hatersweargreen says: Feb 7, 2013 12:42 AM

    I hope he has a good career at ol’ miss and then follows the school’s other big star to my GMEN :)

    eli start talkin the kid up!

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