Could Robert Nkemiche and David Kamara go separate ways in college?
Maybe so, maybe not.
However, the option is now available after Kentucky offered a football scholarship on Sunday to Kamara, the defensive back from Grayson High School.
Kamara and Nkemdiche have discussed playing together in college since they became best friends in the sixth grades.
“In the end, I will make whatever decision is best for me and my family,” Kamara told the AJC. “I know a lot of people think I’m going to go with Robert in college. If I feel like going with Robert is best for me, then I will do it. If I feel like I have to go my separate ways to get the best opportunity to play, then I will do that.”
Kentucky’s Derrick Ansley offered Kamara shortly after being hired as the cornerbacks coach by the Wildcats. “I talked a little to Coach Ansley when he was at Tennessee but I wasn’t really looking hard at them because I was committed to Clemson. When he went to Kentucky, he hit me up on Facebook. We’ve just been talking. He called me up today and said they were going to offer me.”
What was Kamara’s reaction to the Kentucky offer? “I was excited,” Kamara said. “I’m going to either Kentucky or LSU on an official visit this weekend. We’ll just have to wait and see. I will probably know by Wednesday.”
Kamara will decide on this weekend’s destination after he has a face-to-face meeting with LSU assistant Brick Haley, who is scheduled to stop by Grayson High School this week.
LSU and Ole Miss are the two finalists for Nkemdiche, the nation’s No. 1-ranked overall prospect. Nkemdiche has scheduled an official visit (with Kamara) to Ole Miss for Jan. 25, and is in the process of setting up a trip to LSU.
Kamara said he is under scholarship consideration from LSU.
“I’ve been talking a lot to Coach Haley and (Corey Raymond), the DBs coach,” Kamara said. “We’ve been building a relationship every week. They want us to come out there and visit, and hopefully an offer will come. They said I’m a candidate. When I committed to Clemson (last June), I had just started talking to LSU. They have other DBs committed to them now, so I just have to wait and see how everything plays out.”
Ole Miss is the rumored frontrunner for Kamara (and Nkemdiche), although neither claims a leader. “I feel real good about Ole Miss,” Kamara said. “Coach (Wesley) McGriff has been recruiting me real hard, and I keep in contact with (head coach Hugh Freeze). Everything is good with Ole Miss.”
Kamara said Clemson assistant Tony Elliott may be stopping by Grayson this week but that he is no longer really considering the Tigers. “We’ve sort of moved forward,” Kamara said. He and Nkemdiche de-committed from Clemson in November.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Kamara is ranked as a 3-star by Rivals.