Robert Nkemdiche: Ole Miss Hoping for Grand Finale on National Signing Day

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IFebruary 5, 2013

January 4, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Team Highlight Robert Nkemdiche (1)  during the second half at the Under Armour All-America high school Game at Tropicana Field. Team Highlight defeated the Team Nitro 16-3. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Whether Ole Miss lands Robert Nkemdiche on national signing day or not, you have to admire the job head coach Hugh Freeze has done after just one season with the program.

Heading into national signing day on Wednesday, the Rebels have the No. 11 recruiting class in the nation, according to That includes 5-star receiver Laquon Treadwell, as well as seven 4-star commits. Four-star junior college defensive tackle Lavon Hooks already signed with the program in December.

On top of that, 5-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, 5-star safety Antonio Conner and 4-star offensive tackle Austin Golson all have Ole Miss on their radar leading up to the big day, per

Keep in mind, this comes after Ole Miss had the No. 41 class in the country in 2012. The Rebels landed one 5-star recruit and just two 4-star recruits last year.

Of course, it would still be a punch in the gut if Nkemdiche signed with another school on Wednesday.

Ole Miss appears to be the favorite to land the No. 1 overall recruit in the class. It really comes down to the Rebels and LSU on national signing day, and it would honestly be a shocker if Nkemdiche spurned the Rebels.

Nkemdiche's brother, Denzel, already plays for Ole Miss, and Nkemdiche has said his family's opinion means a lot to him.

Ole Miss went 7-6 last season, but it was largely considered a success. The Rebels blew out Mississippi State to end the regular season, then blew out Pittsburgh to capture the Compass Bowl. This was after going 2-10 in 2011 (including a 31-3 loss to Mississippi State to close out the campaign).

Freeze, who went 10-2 with Arkansas State before heading over to Ole Miss, is obviously doing something right in Oxford.

Landing the most prized recruit in the nation would be the icing on the proverbial cake.


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