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Under Armour All-America Game: Nkemdiche knows his top two



Grayson (Loganville, Ga.) star Robert Nkemdiche says he's narrowed his list to two schools. / David Geaslen

Five things we learned at Monday's practice in Orlando for the Under Armour All-America Football Game:

1. Top recruit and first team American Family Insurance ALL-USA defensive end Robert Nkemdiche has been known to change his mind, but for now he knows his top two schools.

The Grayson (Loganville) senior initially committed to Clemson in June but changed his mind in November and on Monday,  he was clear that his top two choices are Louisiana State and Mississippi, where his brother Denzel is a redshirt sophomore linebacker.

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"They're my top two right now," Nkemdiche said. "Ole Miss is a big family thing and I'm a big family kind of guy," Nkemdiche said. "My family all wants something and I'm going to try to make it happen."

Nkemdiche, who had 59 tackles last season, is also looking at Alabama, Florida and Clemson. He still has five official visits to make, he said, so he's not likely to decide again until signing day or just before it, he said.

2. University Lab (Baton Rouge, La.) linebacker Tim Williams, who had not committed to his hometown team, said he plans to visit Louisiana State. His list includes LSU, Alabama, Florida State and Miami.

Williams, a second team ALL-USA selection, said he's had a few of the players at the Under Armour Game try to influence his decision.

"I've had a few kids pulling me here and there try to recruit me, try to pick my brain to see where I'm going to go and some of them are committed to the schools I'm looking at, so there's a lot of talk back and forth," Williams said.
 
3. Reuben Foster will wait. The Auburn, Ala., linebacker, who famously changed his mind about Auburn after getting an Auburn tattoo on his forearm, said he's not talking about his college choice, other than to say he's not planning to announce at the Under Armour All-America Game Friday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

MORE: Foster decommits from Auburn

One possible clue to Foster's choice is the first team All-USA player was hanging out at the game with Goose Creek, S.C., receiver Tramel Terry, who has said he plans to enroll early at Georgia. Terry won't play in the game because he is awaiting ACL surgery his left knee, which he injured on the opening kickoff in the Shrine Bowl, which pits all-stars from South Carolina and North Carolina, on Dec. 15.

4. The quarterbacks are erring it out. None of the quarterbacks looked especially strong, with a caveat. The timing between quarterback and receiver is made more difficult because the receivers are new to the quarterbacks. Many of the players have not played in a month or more, and that's most evident in the passing game.

"It was a little bit rusty," said Northeast (Fort Lauderdale) wide receiver Stacy Coley, who has not named a college choice. "Everybody is talented, so it's a new challenge."

5. Three players stood out in Monday's practice. Sandy Creek (Tyrone, Ga.) cornerback Shaq Wiggins, who has committed to Georgia, talked a lot of trash but backed it up with strong cover play. He was able to shut down every player except for All-USA first team receiver Laquon Treadwell of Crete Monee (Crete, Ill.), who is undecided in his college choice. Treadwell adapted well to the physical play and his speed garnered respect from the corners. David Dawson, an offensive guard from Cass Tech (Detroit), also was a force. He said he plans to sign with Michigan.
 
 

 

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