May 19, 2011

Nkemdiche: 'I think I know'

Loganville (Grayson), Ga., cornerback Denzel Nkemdiche wrapped up his official visit to Ole Miss Thursday morning and returned home to talk with family about his impending college choice.

That decision, Nkemdiche hinted, might already be made.

"I don't think it's going to be real tough," Nkemdiche said. "I think I know what I'm going to do."

That could bode well for Ole Miss, a program desperate for cornerback help after the signing day defections of Floyd Raven and Jermaine Whitehead to Texas A&M and Auburn, respectively. Raven was committed to the Rebels going into signing day, while Ole Miss coaches felt Whitehead was privately committed to the Rebels until the final weekend of the recruiting process.

"They said they thought I could come in and play immediately," Nkemdiche said. "If I get (to Ole Miss) in the summer focused and dedicated, there's no reason I can't get on the field this fall."

As for the visit itself, Nkemdiche said it was "awesome. I loved it. I like what they're trying to do. I like the team they're trying to build. ...It was relaxed. I got a good feel for it. I saw how pretty the atmosphere was, how pretty the campus was."

Nkemdiche, who had attracted heavy interest from several programs since it became apparent that he would, after all, qualify academically, said he will decide between Ole Miss and Georgia after he talks to his father and his younger brother, heralded defensive line prospect Robert Nkemdiche.

Denzel Nkemdiche, a 6-foot, 206-pounder, said he will announce his decision Monday.

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