Tide won't give up pursuit of Nkemdiche 

June, 14, 2012
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Robert NkemdicheDavid De PasThough losing out on Robert Nkemdiche is a blow to Alabama, the Tide has plenty of other options.
There’s no doubt Robert Nkemdiche was the top target left on Alabama’s board. After all, he’s the top prospect in the country, and many considered him as a Crimson Tide lean before he committed to Clemson on Thursday.

It’s still a long way until national signing day, and the UA coaching staff won’t give up on the five-star defensive end, but it might be time to start looking at other options.

Alabama already has a commitment from ESPN 150 defensive end Jonathan Allen. However, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound star is projected as more of a jack linebacker when he gets to Tuscaloosa as opposed to a defensive end.

That leaves an obvious need in this class for a defensive end that fits the Tide’s 3-4 defense.

The most logical choice is four-star Demarcus Walker from Jacksonville, Fla. He’s 6-foot-4, 276 pounds, ranked No. 24 nationally, and is on campus this weekend, visiting UA. Sources say he’s down to Alabama and Florida with a decision coming this summer.

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