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Robert Nkemdiche, Grayson

Much has been written about Robert Nkemdiche, the nation's No. 1 junior, and how he'll likely end up at Alabama.

The 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive end led Grayson (Loganville, Ga.) to an undefeated, state title-winning season in 2011, starring at both defensive end and running back.

He's held a high profile on the recruiting trail since a sophomore season when he earned U.S. Air Force All-American honors after posting 18 sacks.

Since then, he's been a priority for a number of schools, but most in the recruiting world assumed Nkemdiche would land in Tuscaloosa.

Now, with a decision imminent, it appears that Nkemdiche is more wide open than perhaps most believe.

According to Grayson head coach Mickey Conn, Alabama may have been the leader at one time, but that no longer appears to be the case.

"You know, at one time, I think that [Alabama being the leader] was the case," he said. "But he's got five schools, Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, LSU and Ole Miss and I think he'd be happy at any one of those five."

Nkemdiche visited LSU over the weekend and has also visited each of his other four finalists. He reportedly loved his trip to Baton Rouge. The fact that he's interested in making a decision on the heels of a visit there could bode well for LSU.

Conn also mentioned that Nkemdiche's decision, widely reported to be happening after Grayson's spring game on May 18, could come at another date.

"I think he's going to try to make a decision at the end of May," Conn said. "That [May 18 decision] is kinda the word, but I wouldn't put that down in blood."