Alabama can essentially pitch itself to a recruit like Nkemdiche.
Where will Nkemdiche end up?
If you're the best recruit in college football, Alabama certainly has to look like a great option.
This should be worrisome for Ole Miss, especially since 'Bama appears to be putting on the full-court press for Nkemdiche.
247Sports is reporting via Twitter that Alabama defensive coordinator, Kirby Smart, made a great pitch to the No. 1 overall recruit:
Smart and Alabama run a 3-4 defense, so most likely he was talking to Nkemdiche about his ability to dominate the 5-technique much like Marcell Dareus did at Alabama.
Generally, the defensive end in a 3-4 takes has to take on double teams and fills two gaps, thus he ends up playing a complementary role—not getting a lot of sacks/stats—but that wouldn't be the case for a player like Nkemdiche.
Many believe that this gives the Rebels the ultimate edge, but it is worth noting that she had this to say about Alabama back in November, per Michael Carvell of ajc.com:
My No. 1 team is Alabama. That’s one school I truly love, Alabama. But I don’t have child in Alabama to take me to Alabama.
After that she did reiterate that she wants Robert and Denzel to play together though, but it is a very interesting side note in this whole saga.
Ole Miss is still the favorite the land Nkemdiche and many around the program are feeling pretty good about their chances (per Nick Krueger of Rivals.com), but it's hard not to notice that Alabama is starting to pick of its game
Ole Miss should be worried.
Saban and his program aren't known for losing.