Robert Nkemdiche wants to visit Texas.
He doesn’t know when he’d do so and hasn’t had much contact with Texas coaches lately, but the elite junior defensive end from Loganville (Ga.) Grayson told HornsNation he is interested in seeing UT.
Nkemdiche is arguably the top 2013 recruit in the country and is considering Ole Miss, Alabama, LSU, Clemson and Georgia among his favorite schools so far. Still, he’s willing to give Texas a chance.
Texas offensive line coach Stacy Searels is Nkemdiche’s lead recruiter and got to know the 6-foot-5, 265-pound end well during his time coaching at Georgia from 2007 to 2010.
On March 6, Nkemdiche posted on his Twitter account (@electus_1) that Texas “need to show me some love so I know they want me.” Shortly after that, Searels got back in touch with him.
“I haven’t talked to him for a while, but he messaged me on Facebook and I wrote back,” Nkemdiche said. “He’s a good dude, I like him. We have a pretty good relationship. He wants me to check Texas out. He’s been recruiting me pretty good.”
Though there has been speculation Nkemdiche wanted to announce a decision on May 18, that no longer appears to be the plan. If he can, he’d like to become more familiar with a handful of schools outside his region.
“I want to see Texas, Oregon and some of the California schools on the West Coast,” he said.
“Just because it’s different. I want to see how it is over there. It’ll be fun,” he said. “They’re one of the places I want to look at.”
The Longhorns are a longshot, no doubt, compared to the schools Nkemdiche already favors. He’s visited all five of those expected leaders, and his brother, Denzel, is a freshman defensive back at Ole Miss.
The longer his recruitment drags out, though, the better Texas’ chances get of getting Nkemdiche to make an official or unofficial visit.
“It’s wide open,” he said. “I haven’t really decided anything. I’m keeping my ears open for everybody.”
He doesn’t know when he’ll start thinking about setting a date for a trip to Austin. Right now, being the most highly sought after recruit in the nation is keeping him plenty busy.
“I’m just kind of stressed out, man,” Nkemdiche said. “I’m trying to keep my head on straight. I’m just staying humble. Everybody is interested in me, but it gets overwhelming. I guess it is what it is.”