Robert Nkemdiche has recently told ESPN that, at the moment, he is seriously considering Ole Miss and LSU as his Top Two schools. The 5-star recruit that has changed his mind more than Brett Favre during the recruiting process says that those two schools are the front-runners at the moment.
“Ole Miss and LSU would be my top two right now,” Nkemdiche said. “I would not say Ole Miss is on top, but they are up there really high.”
Nkemdiche has been all over the place during this process, seeming to love the attention, as he even committed to Clemson earlier in the year before backing out. The truth is that nobody really knows what is going on with the talented defensive end.
Rivals also reported on the same day as the ESPN report that he was still considering five schools, with Alabama, Clemson, and Georgia being added to the mix. This just goes to show that it is a guessing game now. It really wouldn't be surprising if a team such as Florida International or Temple entered the race at this point.
But out of Ole Miss and LSU, who will Nkemdiche likely end up with?
I would say the Tigers out in Baton Rouge.
The process is really simple when it comes to quality recruits such as Nkemdiche. You want to pick the school that has had the most success over the years, is loaded with other talented players, has a chance to compete for titles, and can be the school that puts you on a fast track for the NFL.
Ole Miss was able to do some wonderful things under head coach Hugh Freeze this season, and the recruiting has drastically improved. However, LSU has been recruiting with the best of them for years, has participated in two national championships since 2007, and usually has at least 10 wins each year.
The school has also produced oodles of NFL players, including two defensive ends in Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery, who would be first-round draft picks if they left school early for next year’s draft.
The advantage the Rebels have in this mess is Nkemdiche's brother Denzel Nkemdiche. He has become a quality linebacker and led the team with 78 tackles this year. Being able to play with his older brother seems like a dream scenario and could be the bargaining chip that puts Mississippi over the top.
“Ole Miss stands up high for me because it is a family thing,” Nkemdiche said. “Everybody likes Ole Miss, and if I went there it would be a family thing and I love my family.”
Loving your family is cool and all, but that doesn't mean you have to make the biggest decision of your life based off of it. You can love your brother all you like, but you don't have to join forces with him in hopes that things work out in the family business.
Nkemdiche has future NFL star written all over him and this is a decision that will have to come down to more than love for his family. Regardless of where he ends up, I'm sure his family will still be there to support him when he is slamming opposing quarterbacks' heads in the dirt.
This is a decision that ought to be made off of reputation and what gives him the best chance to succeed in college and to prepare for the next level. It really doesn't get any better than LSU and that is the choice that should be considered as we inch closer to national signing day.