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5 Storylines for the Week: Signing Day Will Dominate the Headlines


9:45 AM, Feb. 04, 2013 EST

Ole Miss remains the favorite to land No. 1 recruit Robert Nkemdiche of Grayson (Loganville, Ga.). / USA TODAY Sports

Here are the top five storylines for this week.

1. Will the Alexander twins play together in college? Immokalee (Immokalee, Fla.) cornerback Mackensie Alexander, who is ranked No. 4 in the ESPN 150, and his twin brother and teammate Mackenro, a safety, don’t seem to be the package deal they were once perceived to be.

“I want to kind of do my own thing, to be honest with you,” Mackensie Alexander told ESPN.com. “I just want to be my own man, go out there and do my own thing.”

Of course they could be simply building the suspense for Signing Day.

Guess we’ll find out Wednesday.

2. Time for Nkemdiche to make the call. In the final installment of “Where will Robert Nkemdiche Go?” we’d like to reiterate what we said last week: Nkemdiche is a virtual lock for Ole Miss.

Not just because he cancelled his visit to LSU last weekend, it’s because Nkemdiche, the nation’s No. 1 high school football player who hails from Grayson (Loganville, Ga.), has said the whole time that the Rebels are his favorite.

He recently told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that “it would be real hard” not to go to Ole Miss because his mom wants him there and his older brother, Denzel Nkemdiche, is playing linebacker for the Rebels.

Wednesday you’ll find out that we’ve been right all along.

3. Express take on college team. OK, so it’s a JV college team, but still it will be interesting to see how Huntington Prep (Huntington, W.Va.), ranked No. 8 in the USA TODAY Super 25, will fair against Marietta College on Wednesday.

So far this season the Express have thumped college JV squads by an average of 34.6 point per game.

Don’t expect a deviation from the norm here.

4. Can the Lancers knock off Mater Dei? The Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.) Lancers girls’ basketball team will go head-to-head with the USA TODAY Super 25’s No. 1 team Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) Tuesday and may have an outside chance of handing Mater Dei its first loss.

Why?

Stay with us here; the Lancers fell to JSerra Catholic by just five points earlier this season. JSerra Catholic just gave Mater Dei one of, if not its worst, scares of the season last week and eventually fell by six points. By mere logic, the Lancers should have, at the very least, a shot to win this game.

Oh, if only basketball games made logical sense.

5. Will Elliott pull the switch-eroo? Ever since he committed to Ohio State last April, John Burroughs (Saint Louis) senior running back Ezekiel Elliott has maintained that he's firm in his commitment to the Buckeyes. Then last weekend, Elliott took a visit to Missouri.

Why is that significant?

Both of his parents are Missouri alums. His father, Stacy, played football and his mother, Dawn, ran track.

If you’re sleeping on the family connection angle here, you shouldn’t be.

Follow Jason Jordan on Twitter @JayJayUSATODAY.

 

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