Recently, Robert Nkemdiche, the top football recruit in the country for the class of 2013, told reporters that he plans to commit to a school in "a month or two." That, despite not having taken visits to all of the schools which he is considering. Some recruiting analysts aren't buying it.
For what it's worth, 5-star Robert Nkemdiche just told me he's committing this summer... I still think it will be a Signing Day announcement— Laura McKeeman (@LauraMcKeeman) May 25, 2012
There shouldn't be any rush for Nkemdiche to commit early. It won't stop coaches from the schools to which he does not commit from calling, texting and harassing him in an effort to get him to change his mind.
Additionally, every school in the country will hold a spot for Nkemdiche. He will not be turned away. He's just that good.
And why would Nkemdiche commit before he has a chance to take official visits to schools like LSU and Texas? This is the biggest decision of his life to date. Given that he has the luxury of having a spot held for him, it only makes sense for him to take his visits and make his decision based on all the possible information and experiences he can gather.
Nkemdiche is believed to have a top group consisting of Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Clemson, Mississippi, Mississippi State and Texas, in no particular order.
I agree with those who don't believe Nkemdiche will commit before National Signing Day. And if he does, I would expect him to continue to take visits even after committing.
As for the recent development of Georgia hiring a former assistant coach from Nkemdiche's high school, I think the potential impact of the hire is being overplayed. As the AJC points out, Nkemdiche has connections to many of the schools under consideration:
-Alabama: Nkemdiche's coach (Conn) played on Alabama's 1992 national championship team.
-Ole Miss: Nkemdiche's brother plays for Ole Miss, while his childhood best friend and Grayson teammate (David Kamara) has a scholarship offer from the Rebels.
-Clemson: Nkemdiche's coach (Conn) played football and roomed together with Dabo Swinney. One of Robert's Grayson's teammates, Wayne Gallman, is committed to Clemson, while Kamara has an offer.
-Mississippi State: Nkemdiche has lived with the family of Grayson QB Nick Schuessler, who signed with Mississippi State last February. Kamara holds an offer.