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Robert Nkemdiche may be last on this list, but he's the exact opposite of least. A 5-star defensive end, losing Nkemdiche is arguably the biggest disappointment of the Clemson Tigers' 2012 season.
After committing to the Tigers in June, Nkemdiche withdrew his consideration from the school in November, much to the delight of the remaining ACC schools.
It's nearly impossible to find consensus among recruiting rankings, but there are very few across the nation that don't have Nkemdiche as their best player in 2013. The folks at 247 Sports are not one of those outliers, as they rank him atop every list possible and actually grade him out as a perfect 100 on their points scale.
According to the Times-Picayune's James Smith and Lyons Yellin, Nkemdiche was hard at work in this week's Under Armour All-American Game practices trying to keep that top billing.
For those who have watched tape on Nkemdiche, that work ethic won't be remotely surprising. Despite overpowering strength at 285 pounds, Nkemdiche plays with an unstoppable motor that continues through the whistle—even on plays that avoid his side of the field.
In passing situations, it's nearly impossible to avoid Nkemdiche. He has an explosive first step off the ball, and his combination of strength and quickness becomes exceedingly difficult for opposing tackles.
As expected with someone with Nkemdiche's physical gifts, he'll need to work on his fundamentals at the next level. Too often, he plays up high and relies on his athleticism and strength to get the job done.
Like Mackensie Alexander, familial ties may play a huge role in Nkemdiche's ultimate commitment. His brother, Denzel, currently plays for Ole Miss, and the Rebels have emerged as a possible favorite in recent months.
With LSU and Alabama offering a chance to compete for national championships every season, tugging on Nkemdiche's heart strings may be the only way he signs a letter of intent with Ole Miss.
Most Likely Destinations (per 247 Sports): Ole Miss, Alabama, LSU