Ole Miss’ defensive backfield may have recently received a big boost.
According to Ole Miss recruiting sites RebelGrove.com and OMSpirit.com the Rebels added a late commitment to its 2011 signing class over the weekend in the form of Loganville, Ga., defensive back Denzel Nkemdiche.
The 6-foot, 206-pound standout from Grayson High selected Ole Miss over Georgia.
Nkemdiche’s did not sign with a school in February because he did not believe he was going to be eligible academically.
That situation, according to various publications, improved in the past month, prompting Nkemdiche to re-open his recruitment.
Per NCAA rules, Nkemdiche is unable to sign a National Letter of Intent because the official signing period ended April 1. As such, Nkemdiche could still visit — and sign — with other suitors, although he told the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Michael Carvell that he did not anticipate making any other trips.
“I don’t really see the Georgia visit happening now … I really don’t,” Nkemdiche told the AJC. “I will talk to my father and my coach (Grayson’s Mickey Conn) about it and see what they say. But I don’t think that will happen. I’m excited about Ole Miss.”
Ole Miss could be getting a 2-for-1 with Nkemdiche’s commitment. The defensive back has been quoted as saying his younger brother, Robert, will go to whatever school he signs with.
Robert (6-4, 253) is considered one of the top defensive linemen in the 2013 signing class.
“Robert’s words were ‘I can’t wait to take an official visit to Ole Miss, and have you as my recruiting host,’” Denzel said. “He’s really liking them a lot because he knows I wasn’t too sure about them before my official visit and then I absolutely loved it there. He wants to see what they are all about. He’s excited about coming to my games and everything.”
According to the same article, it also didn’t hurt that the Rebel coaching staff didn’t bring up Robert during Denzel’s visit to Oxford last week. (May 23, 2011, Page 6)