Nkemdiche's End Zone Play

ATLANTA – Robert Nkemdiche's cast made him left-handed during the first game of the season.

That didn't prevent Robert Nkemdiche from tumbling into the end zone Saturday with the game-winning touchdown.

Nkemdiche's play over the weekend continued the strong case for him being the best player in Georgia and, perhaps, beyond. The massive defensive lineman scored the only touchdown of the day at Grayson tripped up Kell 7-0 in the opening game of the season for the Rams.

"All week Coach was telling me that they were going to get me the ball when we needed it," Nkemdiche said. "I like running the ball – it's fun."


Robert Nkemdiche carrying the ball at the Georgia Dome. (Dean Legge/Dawg Post)

While Nkemdiche does move well for a prep running back his future is on the defensive line, where he has been a terror for some time. As the elegantly powerful Gwinnett County product slashes his way through another football season most wonder about his recruiting situation – and odds are that Alabama is still in the lead for the future five-star prospect even though Nkemdiche remains quiet on the topic of recruiting in general.

"I am not sure the next time I am going to Georgia or Alabama next," he said. "I am done visiting colleges for a while. I last visited Alabama three weeks before school started, but I have no idea when I will visit them next."

Grayson doesn't have an off week until the weekend of September 17th when Georgia hosts Coastal Carolina and the Tide hosts North Texas. The Bulldogs are setting up a big recruiting weekend when they face South Carolina at home on September 10th.

Nkemdiche said after his appearance at the Georgia Dome that he "still has interest in Georgia, Alabama and others."

The focus, however, is on his development and high school team.

"My goal continues to be getting better," Nkemdiche said. "My coaches still treat me like everyone else, and I like that about Grayson. I think they are going to help me stay humble and help me have a better season than last year."

That's going to be difficult to do. Nkemdiche was nearly unblockable last season in leading the Rams to the Georgia AAAAA semifinals. For his part, Nkemdiche says he's glad football is back.

"The season is here, and I am just ready to play," he said.


Nkemdiche after making a huge play at the Georgia Dome. (Dean Legge/Dawg Post)


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