Why Nkemdiche's pledge is good for UGA 

June, 14, 2012
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While the University of Georgia would have been ecstatic to receive the commitment of No. 1 prospect Robert Nkemdiche (Loganville, Ga./Grayson), his commitment on Thursday to Clemson has to be considered good news for the Bulldogs.

For starters, Nkemdiche, touted as the best prospect out of Georgia since Herschel Walker, had long thought to be leaning toward Alabama, with Ole Miss and LSU also strongly in the mix. But Nkemdiche, who is coming off back-to-back 18-sack seasons as a sophomore and junior in high school, never seriously considered the Bulldogs, even though Georgia extended him his first offer. Georgia put considerable hours into his recruitment early, but there was never consistent interest from the five-star defensive end, and his announcement to Clemson actually puts more pressure on others than the Bulldogs.

Now if the Tide and other nearby programs such as Ole Miss or LSU want a shot at landing Nkemdiche’s signature, the coaching staffs will have to ramp up their efforts to land the premier prospect in the country, and those valuable hours will give Georgia, who will likely move on, an advantage with its other targets.

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