Nkemdiche Reunites with Brother
THIS PAST FEBRUARY, THE STATE’S TOP CLASS OF 2013 PROSPECT, DEFENSIVE END ROBERT
Nkemdiche, signed his letter of intent to play with Ole Miss. This reunites him with his older brother,
safety Denzel Nkemdiche, at a program that's on the rise.
The younger Nkemdiche took his recruitment down to the wire, finalizing his decision at Grayson
High School on National Signing Day.
"It was important for me to make a family decision," Nkemdiche told Rivals.com. "Those are the
people who raised me and have always cared about me and always have my back. That was my par-ents' dream, to see us play together. Who wouldn't want to see their two sons playing together at the
same school? I feel like it's going to give them a chance to see us do some special things together."
Nkemdiche initially gave Clemson a verbal commitment but later changed his mind. The importance
of reuniting with his brother outweighed the positives any other school could offer. Nkemdiche led an
Ole Miss recruiting class that was ranked fifth by ESPN, fifth by 247sports.com, seventh by Rivals.com
and 10th by Scout.com.
Raekwon McMillan, Liberty County
Seven U.S. Army
THE U.S. ARMY ALL-AMERI-
PROGRAM OFFERS STUDENTS
ONE COMMON MISCONCEPTION IS THAT UNIT-
ed States Army recruiters try to steer high school gradu-
can Bowl looks to have another
East roster stacked with talent
from the state of Georgia.
Seven Georgia prospects
were named to the East team
this past spring. Ultimately,
90 players will showcase their
talents in San Antonio, Texas on
Jan. 4, 2014. NBC will televise
The seven players selected are Sandy Creek receiver
Demarre Kitt, North Gwinnett
defensive end Dante Sawyer,
Tucker defensive tackle Elisha
Peach State at 'The Opening'
Shaw, Buford linebacker Korie
Rogers, Cedar Grove Bryson
THE STATE OF GEORGIA WAS WELL REPRESENTED IN THE
Opening, a football camp that offers elite prospects around the
nation a chance to receive quality coaching, training and competition over a four-day period.
This year’s participants from Georgia included Cedar Grove
linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams, Norcross defensive end
Lorenzo Carter, Cedartown running back Nick Chubb, Liberty
County linebacker Raekwon McMillan, Spring Valley linebacker
Christian Miller and Gainesville quarterback DeShaun Watson.
The camp took place at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. from June 30 through July 3.
In addition, Watson, a Clemson commit, earned an invite to
the national Elite 11 competition after impressing during his
Atlanta regional tryout. In 2012, Watson broke the Georgia state
record for passing yards ( 9,360), all-purpose touchdowns (155)
and passing touchdowns (108). If Watson recreates a season
like last season's, he has a chance to distance himself in those
categories for the long-term future.
Ridge safety Nick Glass and
Brooks County defensive back
Nick Glass, Peachtree Ridge
Wesleyan QB Transfers to Lassiter
LASSITER WILL WELCOME TRANSFER QUARTERBACK WILL ANDERSON TO ITS SQUAD FOR
the 2013 season. Anderson started the previous two seasons with Wesleyan, which included a 4-7
campaign a year ago. Reportedly, Anderson wanted a chance to play in a higher classification so he’d
have a better opportunity to get noticed by college football recruiters.
“Will really wanted to improve and really wants to get more looks from colleges, and that’s starting to
ates away from college so they can enlist in the military.
happen right now since he’s transferred,” Jeff Anderson, Will's father, told Georgia Public Broadcasting
Sports in March. “He has a dream to play college football and he’s had two very good seasons at an
excellent school. We love Wesleyan. We thought for him this was probably the best decision.”
In 2012, Anderson completed 206 of his 336 passes for 2,264 yards, 21 touchdowns and 10 inter-
ceptions. As much as he threw the ball at Wesleyan, Anderson could sling the ball around more with
Lassiter -- that is if he wins the starting job. Anderson will compete with junior Russ Aarons, who guided
the Lassiter JV team to a 6-1 record in 2012, for the top quarterback spot.
James Rhoads, deputy to the colonel in charge of
ROTC recruiting, scholarships and operations, has
a different role. He encourages prospective high
school graduates to pursue both paths.
“Different things motivate people to enroll and
seek a commission through Army ROTC,” Rhoads
said. “I wanted to go into active duty in the armed
services, so it was nice to get school paid for and get
financial assistance. Other people want to be police
officers or teachers.”
Rhoads, a graduate of Michigan State University,
is a retired Army lieutenant colonel and former Pro-
fessor of Military Science. He is in charge of Army
ROTC recruiting for the 273 host schools, and more
than 1,000 others whose students can take Army
ROTC training through nearby hosts.
“There’s really two different kind of cadets,”
Rhoads noted. “There are those who are fully com-
mitted to doing everything on the commissioning
path. Upon earning a degree, they will have met all
of the pre-commissioning requirements, and they’ll
become a contracted fully commissioned cadet. The
other type of cadet might just want to take a military
science class out of curiosity.”
Most of the cadets who do not wish to become fully
commissioned go the route of the non-scholarship
program. Non-scholarship graduates may serve
three years of active duty and five years in the Inac-
tive Ready Reserve, such as the U.S. Army Reserve
or Army National Guard. Those who are considering
enlisting in the Army directly out of high school, but
would prefer to receive a college education, might
consider applying for an Army RO TC scholarship.
“One of the biggest advantages to the ROTC
program is the pay scale,” Rhoads said. “If you’re
comparing to someone who is being commissioned
as a private, someone who goes through the ROTC
program will be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant
and make twice as much from the very beginning.
That separation grows as you advance your rank.
The difference in pay is what you would expect between an executive and someone at a worker level.”
Army ROTC cadets have three options for getting fully commissioned. The Army ROTC Basic
Course is offered during a cadet’s first two years in
college. It is geared toward teaching basic military
skills and fundamentals of leadership. The Army
ROTC Advanced Course takes place during the last
two years of college. It is geared to teach advanced
The alternative to that track is the Leader’s Training Course, which is a four-week classroom and
field training in Fort Knox, Ky. It is an accelerated
version of the two years of leadership development
training in the Basic Course.
The Army ROTC’s scholarship budget for 2013
is $268 million with more than 12,300 cadets on
“Both of my sons went through the Army ROTC
program,” Rhoads said. “They participated in the
non-scholarship option, and they opted to compete
for active duty. One was active for three years, and he
fulfilled his requirement. The other is in Afghanistan
as a captain. Once you get past your requirement,
you can stay in as long as you choose or the Army tells
you you’re done.” – DAN GUTTENPLAN