After bringing in what many believed to be an “average” 2012 recruiting class by LSU football standards, the Tigers now have a chance to get a huge boost in their 2013 class in the upcoming months.
Robert Nkemdiche, who is considered by many to be the top prospect in the class of 2013, is expected to announce his college decision on May 18, after Georgia’s annual spring football game. Fortunately for LSU, the Tigers are one of Nkemdiche’s five finalists, along with Alabama, Georgia, Clemson and Ole Miss.
The 5-star defensive end from Loganville (Ga.) Grayson High School is ranked as the top overall prospect in the 2013 recruiting class according to both ESPN and Rivals.com. Nkemdiche recorded 18 sacks in his sophomore season and followed that up with 18 more sacks and 17 rushing touchdowns his junior season, while leading Grayson High to a Class AAAAA state championship.
Throughout this past offseason, Nkemdiche has had unofficial visits to all five of his college finalists, including a visit to LSU’s campus this past weekend.
As of now, it’s tough to say that any one of these five schools is a front-runner to land Nkemdiche. He has ties to Ole Miss, which is where his brother Denzel plays. He also has local ties to Georgia, which is approximately 50 minutes away from his hometown of Loganville.
And then there is LSU and Alabama, arguably the top two football programs in the country. Both are known for playing tenacious defense, which fits the identity of exactly what type of player Njkemdiche is.
Clemson seems to be the long shot here of the group. But Dabo Swinney and Co. have been one of the top recruiting programs in the country over the past couple of years, which means they have to be taken seriously into this equation as well.
Keep in mind that LSU has had plenty of success recruiting the state of Georgia in the past. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger and linebacker Kevin Minter, both of whom are expected to be starters for LSU this upcoming season, each hail from Georgia.
It will be interesting to see which way Nkemdiche decides to go, but you can guarantee that LSU’s dominance under Les Miles is one huge reason why LSU is a serious contender is this ongoing recruiting battle.