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Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Prospect diary: Robert Nkemdiche

By Kipp Adams

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 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 told you guys last week the game against South Gwinnett was a big one for us in AAAAAA Region 8, and we took care of business, winning 41-0. We jelled together in practice all week and it showed on the field. We came out on fire, and the defense did great. A couple of players really stood out to me. Ryan Carter did a really good job. David Kamara did a great job and Wayne Gallman did a great job. We were coming at them from all angles, and I am really proud of everyone on my team. I had four touchdowns, 10 tackles and four tackles for loss, so I did a pretty good job, too.

The best part about Friday was really just getting back on the field. I have missed only one high school game before, and that was two weeks ago against Berkmar (Lilburn, Ga.). I was on the sideline cheering my team on like a little cheerleader. I have to admit, I never want to experience that again, so hopefully I got that out of the way for good.

Robert Nkemdiche
Robert Nkemdiche was excited to have both his mother and his brother come home this past week.
We do not have a game this week but we are still working hard, running a lot and doing some team bonding as we prepare for another big matchup against Archer (Lawrenceville, Ga.) next week.

The biggest news since last week is that my mom came back into town from Nigeria. It has been great spending time with her, my father and my whole family. She never gets to see what I do on the field, so that was a real big deal for me to be able to show out for her on Friday. She said she was proud of the things I have done, so it has been a crazy but good week for me.

She has been catching me up on the things she is doing in Nigeria, where she is a representative in the congressional assembly of the state of Anambra. She just talked about how her life has been and how she has really missed me. She is following her calling from God, and she is doing so great over there and as a mom to us. God is doing something great in our family, so I could not be happier.

My favorite food is fettuccine alfredo, and my mom made it for me Saturday. Really the best part of this week was taking my mom out to eat and loving on her. These are things that you do not get to do every day when your mom is not in town. She goes back to Nigeria in two weeks.

Since she has been here, we have made a little progress in our discussion on where I will play college football. I am trying to get her to see more of what Clemson is about. But she wants me to be with my brother at Ole Miss and that is her thing. She loves me and she loves me and my brother being together, so I do not know what will happen. We are trying to see what we can do.

My brother Denzel also came home during his bye week for my game! We talked about his accomplishments and how great he has been doing. I am so proud of him. We also talked about how we might still try to go to the same school. We do not know yet with that.

I just have to keep praying to God and follow my heart. Hopefully he gives me direction and points me to the right place.

If I am not playing football, though, I would probably want to be a pediatrician. I love helping kids. One of my favorite recent memories was with this 6-year-old kid named Hunter. All he asked for on his birthday was for me to come see him at his house. So I snuck into his house through the back door and surprised him on his birthday. To see his face, he looked like the happiest kid in the world, and I just loved seeing the smile on his face. That just reminds me to keep doing what I do, stay humble and not change the person that I am.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to read this. Have a great week and God bless!