Southern Universities See Success in Signing Day 2013

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

By PAUL NEWBERRY
AP Sports Writer
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Georgia is expecting to land one of the largest football signing classes in school history.

The Bulldogs are bolstered by 13 players who graduated early from high school and enrolled in Athens. Before noon, the school has announced 24 signees and expects at least seven more before the day is done.

This class is expected to be more about depth than big names. Georgia missed out on top-rated prospect Reuben Foster, who picked Alabama over Auburn and the Bulldogs. Also, the No. 1-ranked player in the nation, defensive end Robert Nkemdiche of Grayson High, signed with Ole Miss.

Georgia is coming off its second straight Southeastern Conference East Division title. The Bulldogs lost to Alabama in a thrilling SEC title game, missing a chance to play for the BCS championship.


OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- The consensus top recruit in the nation Robert Nkemdiche has announced he will attend Mississippi.

The 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive end from Loganville, Ga., has been on several programs' wish list for more than a year, but Ole Miss appeared to be his destination for months because of close family ties. His brother Denzel Nkemdiche plays for the Rebels and he led the defense with 82 tackles, including 13 for a loss last season.

Wednesday is the first day prep football recruits could officially sign with colleges. Nkemdiche made the announcement in a news conference on ESPNU.

Second-year coach Hugh Freeze led Ole Miss to a 7-6 record last season, improving from a 2-10 mark in 2011.


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