- Damon Sayles, RecruitingNation
On Thursday, ESPN’s RecruitingNation reported that Clemson commit Robert Nkemdiche (Loganville, Ga./Grayson), the nation’s No. 1 prospect, is receiving a strong push from Ole Miss -- in addition to dealing with a family split over his verbal commitment.
Nkemdiche’s mother Beverly told ESPN the Magazine that she was unhappy to learn of her son’s commitment upon her return to Georgia from a summer trip to Nigeria. His older brother Denzel is a starting outside linebacker/defensive back hybrid for Ole Miss. Robert has attended three Rebels home games this season.
In Texas, DeVante Kincade (Dallas/Skyline), Christian Morgan (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian) and Dannon Cavil (San Antonio/Madison) all are hoping that Nkemdiche makes the switch. Cavil, an ESPN 300 receiver, said Nkemdiche would be a major pickup for the Rebels because of his size and speed. Nkemdiche is a 6-foot-5, 265-pound, five-star defensive end/running back who has 52 tackles, three sacks and five rushing touchdowns.
Kincade, an ESPN 300 quarterback and Elite 11 participant, said it’s Nkemdiche’s versatility that makes him such an attractive commodity, and playing alongside him would be a treat.
“That would be great to know we’re getting a dominant player on the other side of the ball coming in to help turn around this program,” Kincade said. “He’s a very physical athlete. I see him even getting in the backfield. It would be nice to run as quarterback and follow behind him.
“I like how he can play any position, but as a defensive player, he is like DeMarcus Ware. It’s just unfair for him to play high school football.”
As a defensive end, Nkemdiche could be a major help for Morgan, a three-star tight end and the Rebels’ newest commitment, particularly with his blocking. Morgan, who switched his commitment to Ole Miss from Florida State, said a switch in commitment for Nkemdiche would make a statement in the college football world.
“He’s such a great player,” Morgan said of Nkemdiche. “I think it would show everyone on a national level that Ole Miss is ready to compete for national championships.”