Matt Murschel | College Football 365
7:26 AM CST, February 6, 2013
Robert Nkemdiche, the top-rated recruit in the 2013 class, will continue his football career at Ole Miss.
The 6-foot-4, 285-pound defensive end from Loganville, Ga., announced his decision to play for the Rebels on national television to officially kick off National Signing Day. He narrowed his choices down to three schools: Florida, LSU and Ole Miss.
“The recruiting process has been long, but I enjoyed it,” Nkemdiche said during a live telecast on ESPNU. “It’s time to move on to the next stage of my life.”
“After much discussion and prayer, I’ve decided to attend the University of Ole Miss.”
Moments after his announcement, the war room at Ole Miss erupted in a cheer.
“Physically, he’s a guy that’s big and strong, “said JC Shurburtt, national recruiting director of 247Sports.com. “I kind of picture Nkemdiche sliding inside on some downs being outside some downs. He’s a versatile guy who can play either spot.”
“I believe they [Ole Miss] can use him as some kind of utility guy in Year One has he develops.”
“As a lineman going to the SEC, I don’t care how talented you are, it’s a different game than playing in high school. There will be an adjustment period, but I think he’ll play as a freshman and by Year Two he’ll be an All-American-type candidate.”
Nkemdiche’s announcement kicks off what is expected to be another unpredictable NSD as some of the top high school football players put pen to paper and sign their Letters of Intent to determine which college programs they will continue their football futures with.
Watch his announcement:
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