Holding on to No. 1
Robert Nkemdiche
Robert Nkemdiche
Director of Scouting
Posted Oct 9, 2012
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Robert Nkemdiche (6'4/270) is the nation's No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2013 according to FOX Sports Next. See the Clemson commit in action from his latest game against Central Gwinnett.

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Early in the season, Clemson Tiger commitment Robert Nkemdiche was rendered relatively ineffective on defense when McEachern constantly ran away from him. Nkemdiche did the bulk of his damage at running back (link).

Last week against a good Central Gwinnett team, Grayson relied almost exclusively on its three man front to let Nkemdiche control nearly half of a field. Central Gwinnett didn't dare run at him, because they didn't have blockers who could handle him, and they could no longer run away from him with linebackers running free and Arizona commitment Jack Banda manning the other defensive end spot. A frustrated offensive line resorted to a chop block (in the video) to try and slow down Nkemdiche.

The result? A 42-0 halftime lead in which Nkemdiche and Grayson were dominating on defense.

Nkemdiche is as close to the perfect 3-4 defensive end specimen that one could draw up. He's athletic enough to drop into coverage as a linebacker in some schemes. He has a lot of work to do with his technique and pad level, but that's what coaching and development is for over the course of his career. From a prospect standpoint, from a physical ability standpoint, Nkemdiche is No. 1 for a reason.

Here is a look at him in action from last week's game against Central Gwinnett. 

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Bonus HD Video - Wayne Gallman (link)

Scott began with Scout as the Southeast Regional Manager in 2002. In addition to his recruiting responsibilities, Scott developed and ran the National Scout Combine series from 2005 thru 2008. Scott has been Director of Scouting since 2006 and oversees the Recruiting Rankings for Scout.

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