The LSU Tigers have to do everything they can to try to secure an official visit from No. 1 overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche. If Les Miles and his staff can't make that happen, LSU will essentially become an outlier in the race for the 5-star defensive end's commitment.
The bad news is, so far, Nkemdiche is not sure if he'll visit LSU, according to Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
What’s the latest with recruiting? Nkemdiche took an official visit to Florida last weekend, and will go to Ole Miss on Friday. He is unsure about LSU.
“I’m still in the process of thinking if I’m going to take the official visit to LSU,” Nkemdiche said. “I just don’t know if I’m going to have the time. I’m not sure. I’ll let everybody know if I do.”
Which college is leading? “Those three right now, they are all even.”
Nkemdiche may say that all three schools are even right now, but eventually one of these programs is going to have to gain the advantage. Florida came out of nowhere and landed an official visit from Nkemdiche, and Ole Miss has to be feeling great about where they stand with him considering the family ties. There's also the fact that Nkemdiche will be taking an official visit to Ole Miss this weekend.
With two out of the three finalists for his commitment receiving visits, the writing would essentially be on the wall for LSU if they can't get the No. 1 overall recruit on campus for an official.
That's not to say that Miles and his staff should give up if Nkemdiche doesn't schedule a visit with them, but at that point there would be no denying the fact that LSU's chances of landing his commitment would be doomed.
Although all potential schools have been announced as "even" by Nkemdiche, it's hard to deny the unofficial advantage that Ole Miss has. The family ties are extremely strong, and he has unofficially visited on a number of occasions to watch his brother Denzel play.
With an official visit coming up this weekend, Ole Miss could very well seal the deal with Nkemdiche, or at the very least create some major separation between themselves and Florida before national signing day (Feb. 6).
If—and right now that's a big if—LSU can somehow land an official visit after the Ole Miss weekend though, things could really start to get interesting on the homestretch to national signing day.
Chances are, it would have to come the weekend before signing day, and that would give the Tigers the coveted last word with Nkemdiche on the official recruiting trail. It's not as if LSU has nothing to offer the elite recruit. The Tigers have been one of the more dominant programs in college football with Miles at the helm, and they could offer Nkemdiche some major playing time early on at defensive end.
Still, that whole pitch will essentially mean nothing if LSU can't bring Nkemdiche in for an official visit.