The LSU Tigers are still in the running for 5-star defensive end and No. 1 overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche.
The odds may be stacked against them, but all it takes is one good visit on the recruiting trail to drastically change those odds. A week ago, we weren't sure if LSU was going to land an all-important official visit.
That's not the case anymore...
Nkemdiche just took his official visit to Ole Miss, and it was a visit that went very well, according to Kipp Adams of ESPN.com:
As for the top prospect in the country, Nkemdiche enjoyed himself too.
"The Ole Miss official was awesome," Nkemdiche said. "I enjoyed hanging with my brother and showing that me and him have a bond together. It is a special thing."
While that is terrific news for Ole Miss, Nkemdiche did also say that he's going to set up his official to LSU, per Adams:
"Ole Miss is up there –- and then there is Florida and LSU," Nkemdiche said. "I am going to set my LSU official up this week.
Right now it seems as if both Florida and LSU should be considered outliers for Nkemdiche's commitment considering his strong family ties with the Rebels and the tone of his recent official visit. That said, though, at the very least, LSU and head coach Les Miles will be able to put the Tigers in a great position to have a chance.
With literally days left until National Signing Day (Feb. 6), a chance is all LSU can ask for at this point.
The pitch is simple for the Tigers. It comes down to playing time at defensive end—which LSU can offer—and the chance to play for a nationally relevant program. LSU will be a contender in the SEC for the next few seasons, and the Tigers are always getting attention from the national media. Factor in the incredible home atmosphere of Tiger Stadium, and you've got yourself a strong pitch if you're LSU.
The question now becomes, is that enough to propel LSU over Ole Miss in Nkemdiche's mind?
Frankly, if that were to be the case, it would be a major upset. Nkemdiche may not claim a leader publicly, but the Rebels have held the upper hand ever since he decommitted from Clemson.
Family is not always a factor, but in Nkemdiche's case it seems to be the factor. It's a strong bond, and it very well could be stronger than playing time at LSU, national relevance and immediate contention within the SEC.
All that said, upsets are possible, especially in college football recruiting, so the fact that LSU looks like it's going to secure the final visit for Nkemdiche is huge for the Tigers.
It's going to take a buzzer-beater of epic proportions for LSU to come away with Nkemdiche's commitment on February 6. In fact, this is more like a half-court shot down by two with seconds left.
Just like any half-court shot, the chances of LSU banking it in off the glass are rather improbable, but at the very least, the Tigers still do have a chance.