ACC: Robert Nkemdiche


It wasn’t pretty, but Ole Miss did just enough to knock off Georgia Tech and win the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl 25-17. With the win, the Rebels have now won 10 of their past 11 bowl games.

Here’s how it went down:

It was over when: Mike Hilton sealed the victory with an interception in the final minute, but the key play came the drive before when Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace connected with Laquon Treadwell for 27 yards on third-and-13. It allowed the Rebels to run an extra two minutes off the clock and made a Georgia Tech comeback nearly impossible. The freshman wide receiver finished with five catches for 51 yards, but none bigger than that third-down grab.

Game ball goes to: Wallace. The Ole Miss signal-caller played maybe his worst game as a Rebel in an overtime loss to Mississippi State in the regular-season finale, but he redeemed himself with an impressive performance against Georgia Tech on Monday. The junior went 22-of-32 for 256 yards and a touchdown, and also rushed 13 times for 86 yards and two touchdowns. It was a successful homecoming for the Tennessee native, who finished the season on a high note.

Unsung hero: Ole Miss linebacker D.T. Shackelford. The senior, who missed the 2011 and 2012 seasons due to ACL tears, might not have gotten the credit he deserved this season, but he was all over the field for the Rebels on Monday. Down the stretch, he blew up the Yellow Jackets' reverse pass attempt that ultimately led to a safety, and he was the one to apply pressure on the quarterback which forced the game-clinching interception.

Stat of the game: Georgia Tech rushed for 92 yards in the first quarter, including 64 yards on the opening drive. Ole Miss held the Yellow Jackets to just 59 yards on 33 carries the rest of the way. The return of freshman star Robert Nkemdiche and safety Cody Prewitt in the second quarter was huge (both were suspended for the first quarter; Prewitt later left due to injury), but the whole defense stepped up, stopped the triple-option attack and carried the Rebels to victory.

What we learned: Ole Miss fell short of its goals this season, but with a victory in the bowl game, the Rebels can take some momentum with them into the offseason. This is clearly a team on the rise, and it’s not far from competing in the SEC West with the likes of Alabama and Auburn. As for Georgia Tech, it’s time to start wondering if the Yellow Jackets have reached their ceiling under coach Paul Johnson. They will lose 11 senior starters on both sides of the ball, and all they have to show for it is a 7-6 season with a loss in the bowl game.

To watch the trophy presentation of the Music City Bowl, click here.

Nkemdiche decommits from Clemson

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Robert Nkemdiche, the top prospect in the class of 2013, has decommitted from Clemson, his high school coach confirmed to ESPN.com Thursday.

The saga surrounding Nkemdiche has only grown in the last month, as he and his mother made it clear they wanted to keep their options open. Nkemdiche told Kipp Adams of ESPN RecruitingNation on Thursday he was done talking about recruiting.

For more on the story, click here.

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Video: Reaction to Nkemdiche's request

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Tom Luginbill reacts to Grayson High School recruit Robert Nkemdiche's comment that in order to make his pledge a "done deal," he'd like Clemson to make an offer to teammate, safety Ryan Carter.

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Clemson has done it again.

The Tigers lured in the No. 1 player in the ESPN 150. Defensive end Robert Nkemdiche committed to Clemson on Thursday, according to Kipp Adams of ESPN RecruitingNation. In 2008, Clemson also got a commitment from the nation's top prospect, Da'Quan Bowers.

Clemson has eight commitments in its 2013 class, and three of them are ESPN150 commits. First-year defensive coordinator Brent Venables has yet to call a play for the Tigers, but he's already made a huge impact on the defense by helping bring in Nkemdiche.
Tuesday was ACC spring wrap day, as we looked at the storylines following each conference school. RecruitingNation's Corey Long also took a look at recruiting around the conference with spring in the rearview mirror.

It should come as no surprise that Clemson and Florida State, the recent recruiting heavyweights of the ACC, headline what's heating up in conference recruiting with the summer fast approaching.
It doesn't get bigger than the nation's No. 1 prospect, and even though five-star DE Robert Nkemdiche (Loganville, Ga./Grayson) has been a strong Alabama lean for months, it's clear that Clemson has made a big push. The Tigers' chances for the 6-foot-5, 265-pound prospect, along with those of LSU, Georgia and Ole Miss, appear to climb a little more every day that Nkemdiche decides to wait before making his decision.

In the meantime, Clemson isn't standing pat and continues to position itself for a top-rated class. The Tigers are looking strong in Georgia, where they are in good standing for ESPN 150 running back Tyshon Dye (Elberton, Ga./Elbert County) and four-star wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (Fort Valley, Ga./Peach County)

The Seminoles, meanwhile, are in position to add to their already star-studded class.
For the past few years, Florida State has landed splashy commitments early in the recruiting cycle en route to finishing with classes that ranked among the best in the nation. This year the Seminoles have signed eight four-star prospects, including three ESPN 150 prospects, but the best may be yet to come. Florida State is in good standing with five-star CB Mackensie Alexander (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee), who is No. 6 in the ESPN 150; Matthew Thomas (Miami, Fla./Booker T. Washington), the nation's top OLB who is No. 20 in the 150; Ryan Green (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Pete Catholic), a top-five RB who is No. 48 in the rankings; Alvin Bailey (Seffner, Fla./Armwood), a top-five athlete who is No. 49 in the ESPN 150; and CB Artie Burns (Miami, Fla./Northwestern), who is No. 67 in the ESPN 150.

Long has plenty of more tidbits in his wrap, including Miami's pursuit of another Olsen, Larry Fedora's in-state plan and the closing of the gap between Virginia Tech and Virginia. Be sure to check it all out here Insider.

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