Because of a slow start academically in high school, Loganville (Ga.) Grayson safety Denzel Nkemdiche had lots of work to do in the classroom during his senior year.
That said, he never panicked.
"I knew I was going to qualify," Nkemdiche told Rivals.com. "Last semester, I got all A's and one B. I had to be in school every day. It's hard, but it's worth it."
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According to Nkemdiche, with the spring semester about to end, he has put himself in position to land at a Division I-A program as a late 2011 signee. As of Sunday night, he claimed to have several possible college programs from which to choose.
"Ole Miss and Georgia have [made verbal offers]," Nkemdiche said. "Mississippi State is about to but hasn't yet. And Cal has been trying to contact me."
Nkemdiche's plan is to make a public commitment May 23.
"It's probably down to Ole Miss and Georgia," he said. "I hear from both two or three times a week."
Here's what the 6-foot, 206-pound Nkemdiche said about those two programs …
Ole Miss: "I've talked to [head coach] Houston Nutt about their situation at cornerback. I'll have a chance to compete for a starting spot early, and that's a big thing. I want to play early. I want to play as soon as I can. I'm visiting Ole Miss this Friday. I'm just looking to see if it feels like home, how polite they are and how they treat me. Stuff like that."
Georgia: "I'm about 35 minutes away from Georgia. It's home. I've always kind of liked Georgia. Education wise, it's about academics for me, too. I just feel like I'll get a good education over there. They have what I'm looking for."
According to Nkemdiche, his younger brother, 2013 defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, plans to eventually join him at whichever school he picks. Robert Nkemdiche figures to be among the country's most coveted prospects in his class.
"It's about 100 percent we're playing at the same school," Denzel Nkemdiche said. "He wants to stay in the [Southeastern Conference]. "