Ole Miss: A Look At Top Recruit Robert Nkemdiche

By Camille Woodhouse
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Ole Miss RebelsRobert Nkemdiche was a five-star, No. 1 recruit coming out of Grayson High School in Loganville, Georgia.

The 6’5”, 265 pound defensive end had a high school career that was nothing short of excellent. During his junior year at Grayson, Nkemdiche had 78 tackles and 18 sacks.  In his senior year, he was successfully used on offense as running back with 16 carries for 96 yards rushing and seven touchdowns in just four games. The guy is a machine and could be just what the doctor ordered for the Rebels.

So far, Rebels head coach Hugh Freeze has nothing but positive things to say about Nkemdiche’s attitude and outlook during workouts and practices.

“Sometimes when you recruit a four- or five-star kid that has some of the accolades these kids have, you’re really concerned that some of them may have a ‘give me’ type of attitude,” Freeze told the Mississippi Press. “But not one day has [Robert Nkemdiche] shown up and not brought it in workouts. … We have those young kids in workouts together, so he’s not in there with his older brother. So he’s a leader of his own and those freshman do tend to follow him. He demands of himself first — ‘we came to work and it’s time to grind.’ That’s the thing I’ve been most impressed with him, is his motivation to be the hardest worker, even though he’s arguably one of the most talented players to come out of high school in a long time.”

Freeze sees something in Nkemdiche that we are sure to see resonate on the field this coming season.

Nkemdiche is a natural born leader who strives to be the best at what he does and takes pride in his accomplishments. Although he is only just a freshman, Nkemdiche is going to make the season very entertaining for his team and Rebel fans. The Ole Miss Rebels are fortunate to have him on their roster and he will show us all why in 2013.

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