Change of plans?
Watch List DE Robert Nkemdiche backing off May 18 commit date
GRAYSON, Ga. -- Don't expect an announcement of his college choice next month, as previously planned, from Robert Nkemdiche, arguably the top recruiting prize in college football for the Class of 2013.
"I might not be ready," Nkemdiche said Wednesday.
Nkemdiche, a 6-foot-5 and 280-pounds defensive end for defending Georgia AAAAA champion Grayson High School northwest of Atlanta, had set May 18 as a target for his decision to coincide with the end of Grayson's spring practice. But he's torn between four schools, he said, and wants to visit Ole Miss, Clemson, LSU and Alabama again before reaching a verdict.
Nkemdiche mentioned each of those schools multiple times in an interview at his school. He did not discuss the University of Georgia, the home state option previously listed among his top five.
Of course, much could -- and probably will -- change, according to Grayson coach Mickey Conn. Which is precisely why Conn would like to see Nkemdiche remain patient.
"All things being equal," Conn said, "I would love for him to make a commitment and stand by it. I'm not sure he's ready to do that in May. It would take a load off, but then it adds other pressures.
"I think it is probably going to come down to the end."
That's some reversal from Nkemdiche's former plan to make his pledge eight months before signing day. It's a grueling process, Conn said, with so many premier programs in contention for Nkemdiche's signature.
Nkemdiche told HornsNation.com this week that he would even consider a trip to Texas, at which former Georgia assistant Stacey Searels took a job in January. Searels recruited Nkemdiche while at UGA.
"If he were go to LSU this weekend, he'd come back and be ready to go to LSU," Conn said. "If he goes to Clemson, he's ready to go to Clemson."
Grayson running back and Nkemdiche friend Wayne Gallman, incidentally, committed to Clemson on Wednesday.
Conn said he's encouraged Nkemdiche to commit when he knows what he wants -- whenever that happens.
And when might that be?
Said Nkemdiche: "I haven't decided yet."
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