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Three SEC schools the front-runners for nation’s top 2013 recruit

At one point a verbal commitment to Clemson, Robert Nkemdiche is no longer thanks in large part to his mother.

With National Signing Day just over two weeks away, the consensus No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2013 has apparently whittled his list of schools down to three. And, not so unexpectedly, all three are members of the conference that has won the last seven BCS championships.

Following an official visit to Gainesville over the weekend, Nkemdiche told ESPN Recruiting Nation that Florida, LSU and Ole Miss, in no particular order, are in the mix

“No school has been kicked down or anything, but I just have to see the other schools and compare them,” Nkemdiche told the website. “Florida, Ole Miss and LSU are battling for that top spot.”

Prior to Nkemdiche’s visit to the Gators, the website reports, the Rebels and Tigers had been in a two-way battle for the defensive end, with the former holding a slight edge. Nkemdiche’s brother plays for Ole Miss, and his mother has been quoted as saying she either wants the two to play together in Oxford or she wants her younger child to go to Alabama. At least for now, the latter doesn’t appear to be the case.

In early November, Nkemdiche decommitted from Clemson after committing to the ACC school five months earlier.

Nkemdiche is expected to announce his decision on signing day Feb. 6, although it would be far from surprising if his recruitment went beyond the first Tuesday of next month.

All of the major recruiting services, including, and, have the 6-5, 260-pound Nkemdiche as the top-rated recruit in this year’s class.

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