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                === Top recruit Nkemdiche headed to Ole Miss ===
 
 Loganville, GA (Sports Network) - Mississippi landed the top prize of the 2013
 recruiting  class on  National Signing Day, with heralded defensive end Robert
 Nkemdiche announcing he will play for the Rebels on Wednesday.
 
 Nkemdiche,  considered  the nation's No.  1 overall prospect by Rivals.com and
 several  other  scouting services, chose Ole  Miss over fellow SEC members LSU
 and Florida during an early morning press conference held at the auditorium of
 Grayson High School in Loganville, GA.
 
 The  signing of  Nkemdiche, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound 18-year-old, a two-time High
 School  All-American  who amassed 43 sacks  during his prep career, kicked off
 what's  shaping up as a banner day for the rising Ole Miss program. The Rebels
 will  also be bringing in two other five-star talents in previously undeclared
 offensive  lineman Laremy  Tunsil and wide receiver Laquon Treadwell to a crop
 that's now rated among the 10 best in the country.
 
 Tunsil,  a  native of  Lake City,  FL tabbed  by Rivals  as the best available
 offensive tackle and No. 14 overall, selected Ole Miss over two-time defending
 BCS  champion Alabama  and Georgia. Treadwell, from Crete, IL, is listed fifth
 in Rivals' top 100 and the top wideout prospect.
 
 Nkemdiche  had  initially verbally  committed to  Clemson before reopening his
 recruitment  in the  fall. A  strong factor  in his  selection of  the Rebels,
 who  are coming off  a 7-6 season capped by a victory in the BBVA Compass Bowl
 in  head  coach Hugh  Freeze's  first  year, was  the  presence  of his  older
 brother,  Denzel, a  starting linebacker  for  Ole Miss  who garnered  several
 Freshman All-America honors this past season.
 
 Ole  Miss sported  the No.  7 overall  recruiting class  according to  Rivals.
 
 "I  think today has the possibility of being a program changer," Ole Miss head
 coach  Hugh Freeze  said. "Obviously, it's all on paper right now. We'll start
 having  to manage  expectations now. We'll still  be in the second year of our
 journey  together,  but I do think  we took a  huge step forward today on that
 journey  toward being where we all want to be, and that's competing for an SEC
 West championship. We're thrilled with today."
 
 Two-time  defending national champion Alabama topped the rankings, followed by
 Ohio State, Notre Dame, Florida and Michigan.
 
 It's the fifth time in six years that the Crimson Tide have won the Rivals.com
 recruiting crown.
 
 The  Gators' haul  is headlined by Tampa defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III,
 No.  2 overall  in Rivals' top 100.  Notre Dame has received a commitment from
 the  nation's third-ranked  player, linebacker Jaylon Smith of Fort Wayne, IN.
 Defensive end and No. 4 recruit Carl Lawson of Alpharetta, GA, chose Auburn.
 
 The  top-ranked quarterback,  Max  Browne of  Sammamish,  WA, picked  Southern
 California.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 02/06 23:41:35 ET

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