YouWager experts know now that defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, the No. 1 overall recruit in the ESPN 150, has made up his mind and kicked off national signing day by announcing his intentions to play with the Mississippi Rebels.
The 18 year-old player made the announcement earlier today at a news conference broadcast on ESPNU, the first day prep football recruits could officially sign with schools. Nkemdiche chose Mississippi over the LSU Tigers and the Florida Gators.
The native of Georgia will be joined by the nation’s No. 1 receiver in Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill.) and No. 1 offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia), who also signed this morning, forming the foundation for what could be Ole Miss’ best recruiting class ever.
The Rebels recovered from a heart-breaking 2-10 season in 2011 to finish 7-6 under second-year coach Hugh Freeze, including a victory over rival Mississippi State Bulldogs in the Egg Bowl and Pittsburgh Panthers in the BBVA Compass Bowl.
When Nkemdiche, Treadwell and Tunsil announced their decisions, the Ole Miss coaching staff and many online sports betting fans celebrated.
The Rebels have the pedigree to usually recruit toe-to-toe with the likes of Alabama Crimson Tide, LSU and other Southeastern Conference powerhouse programs. However at least on paper, Ole Miss might outshine their SEC opponents when signing day comes to a close.
Nkemdiche watched his chosen team play against the Georgia Bulldogs in Athens on Nov. 3 and reportedly called the Clemson Tigers to decommit a day later.