As the No. 1 overall recruit for 2013, 5-star defensive end Robert Nkemdiche made his fair share of headlines. As a football player, he's extremely talented and projects to be very good at the college level. He deserved the No. 1 ranking and the hype that came along with it.
There was a point when it looked like Nkemdiche could end up at Clemson. He verbally committed after a visit and the Tigers were on top of the college football recruiting world. Things went south in a hurry for the Tigers, though...
First, it was reported (Michael Carvell of ajc.com) that Nkemdiche's commitment would be a "done deal" if Clemson offered his Grayson High School teammate Ryan Carter. Whether or not it actually went down like that is up in the air, but it definitely was the start of the drama.
Nkemdiche was committed to Clemson, but many within the world of recruiting questioned how long that would last. The speculation only intensified because Nkemdiche's brother, Denzel, plays for Ole Miss and his mother, Beverly, was very open about wanting the two to play together.
It seemed like it was only a matter of when Nkemdiche would decommit from Clemson, not if.
Finally, Nkemdiche did indeed decommit and the best recruit was back on the open market. Ole Miss looked to be the favorite right out of the gate, but LSU and Alabama were both considered as options, and Florida came in out of nowhere just weeks before national signing day and landed an official visit.
It came down to three for Nkemdiche, and even though Ole Miss was looked at as the unofficial favorite, he was very open to other programs to say the least, at least publicly. Then there was the visit drama with LSU, where it was reported that he would visit, then he wouldn't visit, but when all was said and done, he did indeed end up taking a visit.
Nkemdiche signed with Ole Miss in what was the first of many marquee signings for the Rebels on national signing day.
It was a dramatic ride that turned out rather predictable in the end.
Still, it's going to be hard to forget the year of Robert Nkemdiche—especially if he lives up to his expectations.