Last Sunday, coveted junior defensive end Robert Nkemdiche of Grayson (Ga.) announced a top five, in alphabetical order, of Alabama, Florida, LSU, Oregon and South Carolina.
Friday night, he went a step further.
When asked where Alabama, which he will visit for the Tide's much-anticipated game Saturday against LSU, stood in the pecking order, Nkemdiche replied, "They're in my top three."
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Who else is in the top group?
"LSU and Florida," Nkemdiche said.
Saturday's visit is the 6-feet-5, 270-pound Nkemdiche's first to any school this fall, he said. It also likely will be his last. The plan as of now is to check out his other favorites sometime next year, possibly in the spring.
"I'm going early [Saturday morning]," he said. "I'm real excited to go. I'm ready to go. I want to be in that atmosphere at 8 p.m. It's going to be awesome. I'm going to see the coaches. I love the coaches there. I've got a lot of respect for them. They're real good."
Nkemdiche won't just have his eyes on Alabama.
"I'm gonna watch both teams," he said.
In Friday night's shutout win over Central Gwinnett, which helped Grayson cap an unbeaten season, Nkemdiche recorded two sacks and tipped a pass. He regularly faced multiple blockers, yet was near the action often.
"I've got 13 sacks [for the season]," Nkemdiche said. "That's with all the double and triple teams."
At one point in the second half Friday, Nkemdiche fell to the ground and could be heard moaning from the sideline. For a few minutes, the Grayson part of the crowd was silent, but it turned out Nkemdiche was merely suffering from cramps.
"I get horrible cramps in my calves," he said. "I knew that's what it was."
After a brief stint on the sideline, where his legs were stretched by a trainer, Nkemdiche returned to the game. After doing so, he chased the opposing quarterback 20 yards across the field to record a sack.
"Coach said, 'Robert, go in and do something,'" Nkemdiche said. " He said, 'Go get the quarterback.'"