How Robert Nkemdiche's Visit to LSU Shakes Up 5-Star's Recruitment

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIFebruary 4, 2013

Via 247Sports
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No. 1 overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche took an official visit to LSU after all, but just how much will the late official to Baton Rouge impact his recruitment?

The goods news for LSU is at the very least, the Tigers gave themselves a chance. Ole Miss should still be regarded as the favorite for Nkemdiche's commitment considering his family ties, but LSU certainly seemed to have made a late push. Well, at least if you consider what Nkemdiche had to say about his official on Twitter.

Nkemdiche went on to tweet this about recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson:

Finally, he tweeted that LSU was hitting him pretty hard with facts:

Overall, this has to be an encouraging set of tweets if you're an LSU fan. 

If LSU did indeed hit Nkemdiche with the facts, the Tigers had to have made a great impression with the No. 1 overall recruit.

LSU is known for fielding some great defenses, and that all starts and ends on the defensive line. Some stellar defensive linemen have played for the Tigers in the past few seasons, and Nkemdiche would have the chance to join a pretty elite group.

With Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo heading to the NFL, playing time would be readily available at defensive end, so Nkemdiche would have the chance to make a huge impact early on. There's also the fact that LSU boasts an incredible game-day atmosphere and home crowd, and the Tigers are always in the spotlight in regards to national relevance.

The facts look pretty good for LSU, and the Tigers have set themselves up to go down swinging in this recruiting battle. At the end of the day, this visit should at least get Nkemdiche to think a bit, and that's all LSU can ask for.

Ole Miss has a rather clear advantage due to the family ties and the Rebels are undoubtedly one of the hottest programs on the recruiting trail apart from that, so even a hint of hesitation in regards to his eventual decision should go down as a win for LSU.

A week ago, we weren't sure if the Tigers would get a visit, and that would have effectively ended their chances of landing Nkemdiche.

In the world of recruiting anything can happen, and this saga wont end until pen hits paper on national singing day. 

At the very least, LSU has kept itself in the running.

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