With Wednesday's news of Rebels defensive star and older brother Denzel Nkemdiche's suspension for Ole Miss' opener against Boise State, it's time to take a look back at the eventful young careers of the brothers Nkemdiche in Oxford.
May 20, 2011
Older brother Denzel, a three-star safety prospect out of Grayson (Ga.) High School, commits to Ole Miss, spurning interest from local Georgia.
People start really talking about younger brother Robert -- Rivals issues him its first five-star rating of the 2013 recruiting class, and even with the brotherly connection, Ole Miss fans were not confident with their chances.
Talk around the younger Nkemdiche, now named Georgia's best football prospect since Herschel Walker, reaches a fever pitch -- his biggest weakness is said to be that he has "too little body fat."
June 14, 2012
Seemingly out of nowhere, Robert commits to Clemson while on a visit to the school. Soon after, news comes out that he did so on his own accord, and that his father is not happy with the decision. Robert then confirmed the commitment, saying "I love Clemson."
The younger Nkemdiche tells Clemson that if the Tigers take high school teammate Ryan Carter in their class, it will "seal the deal." Clemson already holds commitments from Wayne Gallman and David Kamara, who also attend Grayson High, and former teammate Nick Schuessler, but Nkemdiche says Carter, a two-star cornerback, needs to be in the fold. One of the two ends up at Clemson. It's not Nkemdiche.
Nkemdiche later denies reports of the ultimatum.
In the same month, Nkemdiche says he's considering taking official visits to Oregon and USC, causing concern in the Clemson faithful.
Nkemdiche's mother, living in Nigeria, joins his father in disapproval of the Clemson commitment. Soon after, Tiger coaches plan a flight to Nigeria.
Nov. 7, 2012
Robert Nkemdiche decommits from Clemson, spurring talks that he would instead sign with Ole Miss.
Jan. 5, 2013
Ole Miss defeats Pitt in the BBVA Compass Bowl, 38-17, capping off Hugh Freeze's first season with a winning record. Denzel Nkemdiche is the team's leading tackler, with 82, and records three interceptions.
Feb. 6, 2013
Robert Nkemdiche officially ends his recruitment, signing to play with his brother at Ole Miss. Wayne Gallman, Nick Schuessler and Ryan Carter end up at Clemson, while David Kamara flips to the Rebels.
Our own Steven Godfrey writes about every single little thing that had to go right (or wrong) for the Rebels in order for them to land the younger Nkemdiche.
Ole Miss basketball star Marshall Henderson is suspended. Denzel Nkemdiche posts a since-deleted Instagram video asking Henderson how he feels, to which the guard responds, "Sadness, ho."
Aug. 29, 2013
Ole Miss opens its season against Vanderbilt. Robert Nkemdiche records two tackles, and receives a carry -- running for a first down on a fake punt.
Aug. 31, 2013
Denzel Nkemdiche, a preseason All-SEC selection, has an injured knee and will miss four to six weeks.
Oct. 12, 2013
Robert Nkemdiche hurts his hamstring while pursuing Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. He misses the team's next two games.
Nov. 28, 2013
In the Egg Bowl against Mississippi State, Robert plays running back, carrying the ball four times for 21 yards.
Denzel is named second-team All-SEC, while Robert is named to the conference's all-freshman team. Later in the month, both brothers are suspended for the first quarter of the Music City Bowl. Denzel and Robert finish the year ranking 11th and 12th, respectively, on the team in tackles.
Denzel is also spotted at an Atlanta nightclub with Johnny Manziel before the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Denzel is also spotted at Mardi Gras with Johnny Manziel.
Denzel is suspended for the Rebels' opener against Boise State.