Robert Nkemdiche was originally supposed to make his college commitment announcement this week. That changed in early May, with Nkemdiche postponing his announcement. ESPN caught up with the talented defensive end to get the latest with his recruitment. Here are some excerpts from the video embedded at the bottom of this article.
One of the benefits of Nkemdiche postponing his announcement is greater exposure for his teammates. "I like getting the coaches here and seeing our other guys, It makes me happy, knowing that I have that power to have coaches here and they see other players making plays," Nkemdiche said about other coaches coming to Grayson's practice and noticing his teammates.
The focus then switched to his own recruitment. "I have my top schools LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss, Georgia, Mississippi State and Texas," Nkemdiche said when asked about his top schools. He did not specify any order.
Alabama has long been considered by many to be the prohibitive favorite for Nkemdiche.
"Alabama is a great school, great coaching. Nick Saban, that dude puts people in the NFL. And that's one of my main goals to go college is to go to the NFL. I saw the draft and they put tons of people ion the NFL. That's a main factor with me. [Alabama defensive coordinator] Kirby Smart does a great job recruiting me, he's always on me, and I like that. He gives me a lot of good advice and things like that," Nkemdiche said
Nkemdiche also spoke about LSU, Georgia, Texas, Ole Miss and Mississippi State, though in somewhat less detail, as you can see in the video.
Nkemdiche said that he will likely decide in the next month or two after taking visits to LSU, Alabama and Mississippi State, "Just to see them one more time." He was unsure of his plans to visit the other schools on his list.