Nation's top pick to sign with Ole Miss

Grayson High defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche is expected to sign with Ole Miss today, although Louisiana State made a late push.



ATLANTA — Robert Nkemdiche is just about everybody's No. 1 prospect on National Signing Day.,, ESPN, CBS Sports and 247Sports all give No. 1 rankings to Nkemdiche, the big defensive end from Grayson High School near Atlanta.

That's good news for Mississippi. Nkemdiche is expected to sign with the Rebels early this morning.

Louisiana State and Florida were believed to be Nkemdiche's other finalists. Nkemdiche's last visit was to LSU last weekend. The big edge for Ole Miss is Denzel Nkemdiche, Robert's older brother who led the Rebels in tackles as a redshirt freshman linebacker last season.

The family connection might be an insurmountable advantage, but the late decision to visit LSU added drama to today's announcement. Nkemdiche's updates on his final visit provided encouragement to LSU fans.

"LSU pushing man!!!! Getting hard now," Nkemdiche tweeted.

In another tweet, he said "LSU pulling out da facts!!!"

Nkemdiche made a public commitment to Clemson last year but then changed his mind, de-committing in November as Ole Miss again moved to the front of his list.



National Signing Day is today, and The Augusta Chronicle will publish a comprehensive list of the area’s signees.

To submit the name of any student-athlete signing a scholarship, contact Wayne Staats at (706) 823-3425 or by e-mail at

Photos of signings can be submitted to Sports Editor John Boyette at

– From Staff Reports