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Ole Miss vs. Georgia: Game has 'personal' meaning for Rebels' Denzel Nkemdiche

The Ole Miss linebacker spurned Georgia's late attempt to recruit him away from the Rebels, and wants to prove his worth on the field.

Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Ole Miss Rebels linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche feels a personal investment in his team's attempt to upset the BCS No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs in Athens, one that he feels could motivate him in a key way on Saturday.

A game which Nkemdiche described as feeling like "homecoming" to the Atlanta Journal Constitution will also be a chance to prove the Bulldogs made a mistake when they did not heavily recruit the unranked defender out of Grayson High, only to jump in at the last moment to try to get him to alter his commitment to Ole Miss with an offer of their own.

"I felt like they didn't want me all the way because of me," Nkemdiche told the AJC. "I felt like some of it had to do with my brother, Rob."

His brother Rob is the nation's top-ranked senior high school recruit, who is committed to play at Clemson, and Denzel believes Georgia's late offer was the Bulldogs looking down the road.

"Ole Miss really wanted me for me, which I really appreciated," Nkemdiche also told the AJC. "Georgia offered me when I got back from my official with Ole Miss. By that time, I had already made up my mind up."

Nkemdiche leads Ole Miss in tackles, forced fumbles and interceptions in 2012.

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