Two brothers, Denzel and Robert Nkemdiche, were standing side-by-side, each donning an Ole Miss jersey. Denzel, of course, is a redshirt freshman linebacker for the Rebels. Robert, meanwhile, is the nation’s top overall recruit, ranked No. 1 by FOXSportsNext.com.
In a way, the picture encompassed the overall recruiting success of the day for Ole Miss. Nkemdiche is committed to Clemson. But he was on campus, touring Ole Miss with his family, including his mother, who was making her first visit to campus.
The 6-foot-4, 268-pound Nkemdiche is rated a five-star recruit, holding offers from Clemson, Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU and Texas, just to name a few. A Loganville, Ga., product, he committed to Clemson June 20, joining Grayson High School teammates David Kamara and Wayne Gallman.
But as evidenced by his visit to Ole Miss Sunday, his recruitment is far from over. Of note, Ole Miss has extended scholarship offers to Kamara, as well as defensive back Ryan Carter, another teammate of Nkemdiche’s.
Nkemdiche opted against speaking with the media prior to his visit. Rather, he simply arrived on campus and began his tour in the indoor practice facility. However, in an earlier interview with the Ole Miss Spirit, Nkemdiche spoke of the positives of Ole Miss.
The brothers Nkemdiche
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“It’s a great campus, man. It’s so big. Great coaches, I feel like,” he said. “My brother’s here. I love my brother to death, and (Ole Miss safety) Chief (Brown). Those are my boys. I like it a lot, man.”
He wasn’t the only top prospect to visit Ole Miss on Sunday.
No, Richmond, Va., running back Derrick Green was on campus, too. Green, a four-star prospect, is rated the No. 7 running back in the country by FOXSportsNext.com.
The offer sheet for the 5-foot-11, 220-pound Green is extensive, including such schools as Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Ohio State and Oklahoma. In a recent interview with FOXSportsNext, he named Ole Miss among his top schools.
“I’m building a good relationship with (Ole Miss running backs) Coach (Derrick) Nix and (defensive line) Coach (Chris) Kiffin,” Green said in June, speaking with the Ole Miss Spirit.
“They’ve been out here to see me a few times. I love what they’re doing with their running backs. They like to throw the ball a lot to their tailbacks and get them out in open space. I just want to get down there and see everything for myself.”
Sunday, he got his chance.
Ole Miss is searching far and wide for running back talent to add to its roster. Junior Jeff Scott and senior Devin Thomas are the only running backs currently on its roster with any significant playing time, though Ole Miss added highly-regarded prospect I’tavius Mathers and Memphis, Tenn., product Jaylen Walton in February.
Ole Miss holds commitments from Memphis, Tenn., running back Mark Dodson and New Orleans, La., running back Eugene Brazley, but would obviously like to add more, and is among the finalists for Alpharetta, Ga., running back Peyton Barber.
Finally, the nation’s top junior college offensive lineman, Georgia Military tackle Trenton Brown, visited Ole Miss Sunday, capping a star-studded day. The 6-foot-7, 345-pound Brown is rated a four-star recruit by FOXSportsNext.com.
Ole Miss is one of five schools leading the way for Brown, joining Arizona, Florida, Georgia and Texas A&M. Brown will be a mid-year graduate at Georgia Military College, and will have three years to play two.