Robert Nkemdiche didn't disappoint

Some said before this season even started that Robert Nkemdiche would be among the best in America regardless of class. He shined again when Scout had their eyes on him last week.

Before the final regular season game started at Central Gwinnett last Friday, there was a buzz on the field about Robert Nkemdiche.

Even some on the opposing team were watching to see when Nkemdiche was going to come out for pre-game.

Finally, Grayson sent their linemen out of the locker room and the last one out was, yes, the 6-foot-4, 268 pound junior defensive lineman, Robert Nkemdiche.

Of course, he passed the eye test, but he passed the test on the field too.

He had to fight through double-teams and sometimes triple-teams against the Gladiators, but he made plays, he had a couple of sacks, and he forced Central Gwinnett's offense to play according to where he lined up.

"I get that type of stuff a lot," said a laughing Nkemdiche. "I watch for cut-blocks first and then I deal with double and triple-teams. I really think it makes me better and I just do what I have to do to get through those blocks."

The five-star junior out of Loganville plays with an energy you don't see from a lot of prospects like him. He gets after it, he goes hard when he is on the field, and he impressed in this game.

Against Central Gwinnett, he chased the ball down a handful of times, he showed very active hands when getting off blocks, and he really comes off the ball low for a guy of his size and age.

What stands out time after time when watching Nkemdiche is the combination of his size and athleticism. He really closes on the ball well with speed. He can change direction, he can make plays down the line of scrimmage, and he is equally effective against the run as he is against the pass.

One thing he can improve on is ball recognition. He took a couple of bad angles in this game and he did not get his head up to recognize the ball as quickly as some might like, but this is something he will continue to get better at.

Nkemdiche is known now not just in Georgia, but across the country. He has an X on his chest excepts the challenges that come with being one of the best.

He controls his emotions, he plays with intensity, he is very coachable, and he has the skill set to be one of the best at the highest level.

For the Rams right now, he lines up at the five and three technique when playing defense most of the time. He starts out in the four-point stance as well a lot, but on the next level, he will play out of the three-point stance. He could be a used across the defensive front depending on which system he plays in and the down and distance.

Right now, Alabama, Florida, LSU, and Oregon are the four schools Nkemdiche lists as his favorites. He visited Alabama for the LSU game and many feel the Crimson Tide are in front.

Chad Simmons is a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout and he started out with Scout in 2003 covering top talent in Georgia and the South. He then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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