Published February 6, 2013 - 7:49am
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Hugh Freeze just landed the top prize in all the land for high school football prospects in stud defensive end Robert Nkemdiche.
It has been fairly obvious for quite some time that Nkemdiche would select Ole Miss because of the opportunity to play with his brother, Denzel.
The Loganville, Georgia, star gives Ole Miss their 23rd commitment in the 2013 class, and we’re just getting started. The Rebels still have Laremy Tunsil, Chris Jones and Austin Golson left to announce later this morning. Tunsil and Jones are both five-star players, and some have ranked Nkemdiche, Jones and Tunsil #1, #2 and #3 respectively.
What Ole Miss is getting in Nkemdiche
Nkemdiche has been described as the ultimate throwback Reggie White-type prospect at end who will make an instant impact. At 6-4, 285 pounds, he’s a hawse to contend with rushing the quarterback and just has the brute strength and athletic ability to make any offensive tackle look foolish. Nkemdiche moves like an athletic outside linebacker and hits like a truck, all in the body of a big-time defensive end.
Ole Miss has the top JUCO player and defensive tackle in Lavon Hooks already on campus, and with the addition of Nkemdiche, the Rebels’ defensive line just got a major shot of raw strength.
Will Nkemdiche have a Jadeveon Clowney-type effect his freshman year? Clowney registered 12 tackles for loss, eight sacks and five forced fumbles in his rookie year. He’s a completely different player than Clowney, but like Clowney, Nkemdiche is the unanimous top overall prospect in the 2013 class.
Hats off to you, Hugh Freeze.
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