May 11, 2010

Grayson rising sophomore one to watch

DULUTH - Very rare do you see a player coming off his freshman year that warrants even a casual glance by college football recruiters.

Grayson's Robert Nkemdiche could be that exception.

At 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, Nkemdiche certainly has the size that makes scouts take notice, but it's his obvious athleticism and room to grow that should have colleges from all over clamoring for his signature in 2013.

"I got a chance to be on varsity last year and it really helped me feel good about myself," Nkemdiche said in a recent interview at Competitive Edge Sports where he's been training with Atlanta-area strength and conditioning guru Ryan Goldin.

"I was able to play a lot, had a few sacks, made a few tackles," he continued. "It was a good experience to be on the varsity last year and I'm looking forward to the season that we have ahead."

Although it's still two years before the youngster can receive his first written offer, Nkemdiche has already had some conversation with Vanderbilt.

Other schools will certainly follow.

"I've always liked USC and LSU," said Nkemdiche, who added he's not thinking past his upcoming season at Grayson.

Nkemdiche, who played outside linebacker for Grayson last fall, said he expects to eventually reach between 6-foot-6 and 6-foot-7 and weigh upwards of 270 pounds by the time he graduates in three years.

"I know I'm going to get bigger," said Nkemdiche, who wants to concentrate on playing defense. "Wherever they need me to play, I'll play. I play defense now and that's what I like, although I used to be a back."

Nkemdiche said he's staying humble through all the early attention.

"(Goldin) and all the guys here say I've got a big future, but they warn me not to get ahead of myself," Nkemdiche said. "I'm not going to be that way. I'm going to keep calm, stay focused like they want and just practice and play hard. I'm not going to let any of this affect me."

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