Robert Nkemdiche is heading to Ole Miss. The top college football prospect (as rated by 247Sports' composite rankings) originally gave a verbal commitment to Clemson, but after further recruitment he has decided to join the Rebels instead and announced his decision live on ESPNU Wednesday morning.
Nkemdiche will be joining his brother Denzel Nkemdiche, who was a second-string LB for the Rebels last year as a freshman. Their mother Beverly Nkemdiche pushed for Robert's commitment to Ole Miss over the last few months.
The freakishly athletic defensive end, who has also played running back in high school, has a rare skill set that should make him a dominant force at the college level. His combination of size and quickness will make him a nightmare blocking assignment.
Nkemdiche checks in at 6'5'', 285 pounds. Not only are those insane measurements for a high school player, but he moves so fluidly it's almost not fair. He's undoubtedly the most naturally gifted recruit in the class.
In a football sense, he still has a lot to learn in terms of technique. That's not a surprise, however, because players that are able to dominate based on athletic ability alone at lower levels usually aren't forced to learn the finer points until college.
It shouldn't be a major concern, though. Once he gains some valuable experience at the next level and learns he won't be able to survive on talent alone, the coaching staff should be able to get him on the right track pretty quickly.
Nkemdiche originally committed to Clemson in June, but since it was only a non-binding verbal agreement the recruiting process never really ended. He continued to track several other opportunities before making the final decision.
The Georgia native has all the tools to become the next great college pass-rusher. No program ever has enough of those, which explains why he was such a coveted commodity throughout the process.
After making opponents look silly on Friday nights for Grayson High School, it will be interesting to see how Nkemdiche adapts to playing on Saturday afternoons against tougher competition. Although it make take some time for him to adapt, there's no denying his upside.
If he develops like most scouting services seem to believe he will, the sky is truly the limit for this young star. Players with his type of athleticism don't come around often, so you know NFL teams will be keeping an eye on him immediately to track his progress.
One thing is for sure: Opposing quarterbacks are now on high alert.
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