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LSU intriguing option for Nkemdiche

3/20/2012
Robert Nkemdiche has cut his list to five schools, and Alabama and LSU are in play. Courtesy of Grayson High School

BATON ROUGE -- Robert Nkemdiche will have his pick of any of the nation's elite programs when it comes time for him to commit this year.

That makes perfect sense when one considers Nkemdiche's 6-foot-5, 270-pound frame, and his do-it-all status for Grayson High School in Georgia.

While every school in the country would love to land the defensive end's signature, it seems LSU will be one of a handful with a legitimate chance to do so. Nkemdiche visited Baton Rouge this past weekend and enjoyed himself thoroughly, according to his high school coach Mickey Conn.

That's hardly surprising. With its top-notch football facility and its spiffy academic center, LSU has been impressing prospects for the better part of a decade. There's also the Tigers' high prominence to consider. LSU just finished off a run to the national championship game, and the Tigers feature a returning Heisman Trophy finalist.

Of course, a lot of the same things can be said for the other schools in Nkemdiche's final list for consideration: Alabama, Georgia, Clemson and Ole Miss. To land a recruit as prized as Nkemdiche, the Tigers will have to rely on the skills of their coaches, like Frank Wilson and Brick Haley.

LSU certainly has some history of success with the nation's elite prospects. The Tigers have signed plenty of the class prospects in the ESPNU 150 over the years, including the likes of Anthony Johnson, Russell Shepard, Craig Loston and Patrick Peterson. The Tigers' pedigree along the defensive line should also work in their favor, whether it be recent greats (and high draft picks) like Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson, or current monsters in Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery.

Speaking of Montgomery, LSU has also had plenty of success in taking talent from Nkemdiche's neck of the woods. Montgomery, arguably LSU's best current player, was a national signing day decision from South Carolina. The Tigers have also brought in Georgia talent in former big names like Kelvin Sheppard and Perry Riley. Current starters including linebacker Kevin Minter and quarterback Zach Mettenberger, both of whom were highly recruited, also hail from the Peach State.

There's a plethora of reasons to believe Nkemdiche could end up in purple and gold. But with such a high-profile name, it will be anyone's guess until he ends the speculation himself.