LSU Football: Top Recruit Robert Nkemdiche Puts Commitment on Hold

Sean MerrimanCorrespondent IApril 12, 2012

Do you remember what it felt like as a kid to really want a birthday gift, but your parents told you it was going to have to wait because the gift wasn't in stock at the moment?

That is what it has been like for Les Miles and his LSU coaching staff as they await the decision from the top prospect in the 2013 recruiting class, Grayson High School defensive end Robert Nkemdiche.

The 6'5", 280-pound prospect was expected to make his much-anticipated college decision on May 18, but now he has said that he would like to make a second round of visits to his top four school choices before making a final decision.

Nkemdiche lists his top four choices as LSU, Clemson, Ole Miss and Alabama. Georgia, which is less than an hour away from Nkemdiche's hometown of Grayson, was originally listed as one of his top choices as well, but has now apparently been removed from his list.

While this may be upsetting to several LSU fans because it delays a much-anticipated decision, it can also be looked at as a positive thing for the LSU faithful.

Nkemdiche will have another chance to visit LSU, and while some of these other programs are still in the midst of their spring practices with their spring games approaching, LSU is done with their spring sessions, and they have all the time in the world to focus their attention on wowing Nkemdiche during his visit.

Many believe that Clemson is a favorite because they recently signed Nkemdiche's high school teammate, running back Wayne Gallman. Others have said that Alabama remains the top choice because of their consistent ability to send defensive prospects to the NFL.

Early playing time is certainly a huge selling point in any player's decision to sign with a school. Both of LSU's projected starting defensive ends in 2012, KeKe Mingo and Sam Montgomery, will be entering their junior seasons and both are expected to be NFL prospects.

That would leave an eventual opening for Nkemdiche to come in and compete for immediate playing time on one of the top programs in the country.

Miles and his staff have already gotten off to a pretty good start in the 2013 recruiting process. But make no mistake about it, adding Nkemdiche to the list would make this class instantly go from pretty good to great.