Should Ole Miss Rebels Be Worried About Other SEC Teams Pursuing Robert Nkemdiche?

By Taylor Johnson
Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Nkemdiche seems to be a certain lock to commit to the Ole Miss Rebels. Or does he?

After decommitting from the Clemson Tigers back in early Novemeber, it opened up the recruiting door but it looked like the Rebels were always going to be the choice for Nkemdiche.

With national signing day just under two months away, teams are starting to make a late push for top recruits and Nkemdiche is no exception. The Rebels may be the leader at the moment but the Alabama Crimson Tide and even the LSU Tigers are making a late surge for the talented defensive end.

The Tigers have a top ten recruiting class once again this year and adding a star like Nkemdiche could elevate them easily into the top five. It will take a lot of convincing from head coach Les Miles and the Tigers. If they want to be real players late in this game the Tigers will have to drive home hard to Nkemdiche how great their defense is and how they are always in the hunt for SEC championship and national championships.

The program that poses the biggest threat to the Rebels are the Tide. Nick Saban and company have an outstanding track record when it comes to recruiting as they once again have one of the better recruiting classes for 2013. Saban can easily make a case for how well the Tide have been playing recently, winning national championships in 2009 and 2011 as well as being in the title game once again this season. Not to mention defensive coordinator Kirby Smart had a visit with Nkemdiche on Thursday and made a hard sell to the five-star defensive end.

Nkemdiche has said all along that family will play a pivotal role in his recruiting process. Helping the Rebels is that Nkemdiche’s brother Denzel plays on the team and their mother Beverly has spoken out how she would love to watch her two sons play on the same team.

It will be an interesting next seven-plus weeks as national signing day nears. It’s starting to appear that the Rebels are not the lock we once thought just a few weeks ago.


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