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Prospect Diary: Robert Nkemdiche

10/23/2012

Loganville (Ga.) Grayson senior Robert Nkemdiche is the No. 1 prospect in the ESPN 150 and considered one of the most talented defensive linemen to ever play in Georgia. As a highly sought-after recruit with offers from the likes of Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU and Oregon, Nkemdiche has agreed to chronicle his senior season and recruiting experience through a weekly diary with RecruitingNation.

Hey, what’s up everybody, this is Robert Nkemdiche. I play for Grayson High School, the defending AAAAA state champions, although this year we are in the new AAAAAA classification. We came into this season with national recognition and high expectations, but last month we lost a tough game to Parkview. That really served as a wake-up call and set us back on our path to the state championship.

Everything is going great for us right now. We are jelling and our coaches are doing a great job of keeping us focused for each game. Our offense is really starting to hit its stride and our defense has had back-to-back shutouts.

On Friday we play South Gwinnett, which will be a big game for us. If we win this game and they beat Parkview, then we have a shot at the region championship. They are a pretty good team, so we will have our hands full. Their offense fires off the ball really quickly, and their trigger man does a nice job firing the ball out to their playmakers that all run well. They also have a pretty good defense, so it should be a very competitive game.

Recruiting is going great, but I am just really confused right now because I love Clemson, but you know everything that is going on with my family and Ole Miss. (Clemson coach) Dabo (Swinney) is trying to win my mom’s heart. He is sending her letters, but there is only so much he can do. A lot of people have said he plans to go visit her in Nigeria, but I have not heard anything about that.

I have to decide between this and that and it is complicated, and there are a whole bunch of different things to think about, including Alabama, Florida and LSU, too.

The last college coach I spoke to was Dabo Saturday night, and we were just talking little chit chat about how things were going with each other and little hi and bye talk. I spoke to the Ole Miss coaches when I visited for the game against Texas A&M, and I spoke to (LSU defensive line coach) Brick Haley at LSU two weeks ago.

It is kind of crazy right now, but I have to focus on finishing up my football season, then I have to get ready for basketball and track season. I plan to take my official visits at the end of first semester and early second semester, so likely in December and January. Hopefully I will have a final decision on signing day. I might take a trip to Clemson soon.

My life is not all about football, though. Every day I come to school, get my work done and really try to help everyone and make everyone at my school laugh. I have all A’s and B’s in my classes right now, so that is going great. I do a whole bunch of activities, too. I try to go spend time each with the students and kids with disabilities or some of my teachers' kids at their school. I participate in drama, and I was actually in a Christmas play and a spelling bee play. I was supposed to be in a Broadway musical at my school, but I could not do it because of football obligations. A lot of people want to see how I handle myself in that, so I plan to do a play in the spring.

As far as music I listen to, I listen to Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Ice Cube, Biggie (Notorious B.I.G.) and really a wide variety of music.

Before I go, I want to give a shout out to my young quarterback Hunter Schuessler for winning our fourth straight JV championship against Brookwood 33-0.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and look forward to doing it again every week. God bless!